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AT&T, Verizon and Samsung Announce 5G Smartphone Plans for 2019

December 10, 2018 / Todd R. Weiss

With faster 5G networks getting ready to go into operation in 2019, mobile telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon are preparing for what they expect will be a groundswell of customers who are looking to upgrade their smartphones to take advantage of the performance boosts to come. With that in mind, both companies recently announced that they will have new Samsung 5G phones ready for sale when their networks go into operation. AT&T said it will offer two Samsung phones to business customers and consumers, with one in the spring of 2019 and the other to be offered in the second half of the year. No specific models or specifications have yet been announced at this point, however. AT&T said it will have one 5G device ready for sale this year, a 5G mobile hotspot. In an update about its continuing 5G network buildout, AT&T said it has been enhancing its nationwide LTE network by installing software upgradeable sub-6 GHz radios throughout its infrastructure so...