Starting today, May 16, you can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G — Samsung’s first 5G smartphone in the U.S. — from Verizon or Samsung as well.
Verizon began activating its 5G network for phones in early April, starting with Chicago and Minneapolis, where it promised download speeds up to 1Gbps. That’s about 10x faster than you might expect on a 4G LTE phone now.
A member of Verizon’s team posted a tweet, however, suggesting that 1Gbps speeds are possible with the Galaxy S10 5G using Verizon’s network.
— George L. Koroneos (@GLKCreative) May 16, 2019
The 5G Ultra Wideband technology uses new radio technology and device hardware to deliver advanced capabilities to consumers and businesses. When customers move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the Galaxy S10 5G hands off the signal to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.
Verizon has already launched a 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis. It plans to follow those markets with 20 additional U.S. cities in 2019: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.
In South Korea, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 5G across three different carriers, each with coverage in Seoul. Yesterday, Samsung announced that it and two carriers will start selling the phone in the U.K. on June 7.