Samsung’s first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, is available in the U.S. from Verizon starting today. Sprint, meanwhile, announced the carrier will start taking preorders on Friday for 5G devices from LG and HTC.
The price tag for the 256GB Galaxy S10 5G is $1,299 or $54.16 per month for 24 months with Verizon’s device payment plan, and the 512 GB S10 5G is $1,399 or $58.33 per month with a payment plan.
Customers can only access 5G service if they’re on a Verizon Beyond or Above Unlimited plan, though the carrier recently decided to pull back its $10 per month premium for 5G service for a limited time.
Mobile 5G service from Verizon is only up and running in select parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, though the carrier has promised to launch 5G in 20 additional cities this year.
Sprint on Thursday announced its first two 5G devices, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone and the HTC 5G Hub mobile hotspot, will be available May 31. Pre-orders for the devices start Friday in Sprint’s planned 5G markets of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City.
Availability will then expand to other 5G markets including Chicago, Los Angles, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C., in the next few weeks.
Customers can get Sprint’s 5G phone on the carrier’s Unlimited Premium plan for $80 per month per line, while the HTC 5G hub can be active with 100GB of data for $60 per month.
Included on Sprint 5G phones is a three-month subscription to Hatch Premium’s mobile 5G cloud gaming services, which features unlimited, on-demand access to 100 mobile games.
Sprint says it’s using dual-connectivity to deliver LTE and 5G simultaneously to a user’s device, enabling a better overall experience.
The new devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor.
Sprint’s 5G service and device launch comes as executives continue to cast a somber outlook over the carrier’s ability to compete at a nationwide level without approval of the pending merger with T-Mobile.
“As a standalone company, we lack the scale to keep pace with the bigger carriers, AT&T and Verizon, in sustained capital investments,” said Sprint CEO Michel Combes on the company’s most recent quarterly earnings call. “And without additional low-band spectrum, we will face challenges to provide customers with consistency or coverage comparable to that of the two big carriers.”
AT&T has launched mobile 5G service in select parts of 19 markets and expects nationwide 5G coverage by mid-2020. T-Mobile has said it will deliver broad 5G coverage across the U.S. in 2020, with 5G smartphones available later this year.