Now AT&T Promises Samsung 5G Phone in Spring 2019, Too

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said Tuesday that it will launch its own version of a Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) 5G smartphone in Spring 2019.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) announced the 28GHz 5G device Monday, to launch in the first half of 2019. "AT&T will also carry the device in spring 2019," an AT&T spokesperson told us Tuesday via email. (See Verizon Plans to Offer Samsung 5G Phone in H1 2019.)

We asked Samsung if they had any further technical details or images of the phone, and they demurred, for now. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg did briefly mention that the Verizon device (at least) supports 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWve) frequencies. AT&T hasn't replied to our questions about the device yet.

AT&T says it will launch mobile 5G in parts of 12 markets before the end of the year. Cities include Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Dallas; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Raleigh, NC; San Antonio; and Waco, Texas. AT&T has said it will launch with a 5G hotspot. (See 5G in the USA: Fall Edition.)

AT&T now has 27 days to meet its own deadline. (See 5G in the USA: Fall Edition.)

The operator plans to expand service in the first half of 2019 to parts of seven additional cities, including Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Nashville; Orlando; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, Calif.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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