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AT&T’s 5G Service Is Now Available in 19 Markets

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Apr. 10 2019, Published 12:34 p.m. ET

AT&T’s 5G service is now available in 19 cities

The race for supremacy in the 5G technology space is already heating up. Telecommunications giant AT&T (T) just announced that its 5G mobile service is now available in certain pockets of seven additional cities, meaning the carrier now supplies 19 cities with the service.

We’re still in the very early days of 5G adoption, and it will take a couple of years before 5G goes mainstream. Most smartphone vendors, including Apple, haven’t started selling phones with the modems that would make them compatible with 5G technology.

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No smartphone that can use 5G

The only 5G smartphones out there can’t be bought by current AT&T users. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is currently exclusive to Verizon. Meanwhile, the LG V50, which is also 5G-compatible, is a Sprint and Verizon exclusive. There are a few more 5G smartphones on their way, such as Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone, which has a 5G option. It has no tie-ups with carriers yet.

AT&T is telling customers that it plans to offer at least three 5G smartphones in 2019, with the S10 5G being available “this spring.” The carrier has said that it will give “customers the ability to take advantage of our 5G leadership in both speed and coverage” after more smartphones become available to its users.

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