Like other major carriers, T-Mobile is getting ready to roll out a substantial 5G network by 2020. The network will use different radio waves (2.5GHz spectrum vs 600MHz) than traditional 5G millimeter waves, allowing for a broader area of coverage with slower peak speeds. While this might be an advantage in some respects—600MHz waves penetrate buildings and walls better than millimeter waves—it also means that 5G phone manufacturers will need to adapt their hardware to T-Mobile’s specific network.
So what 5G phones will be compatible with T-Mobile’s 5G network? Read on and find out.
Which 5G Phones Does T-Mobile Have?
T-Mobile has only confirmed one 5G phone so far—the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Since T-Mobile is using 600MHz waves for its 5G network, compatible 5G phones will take longer to arrive compared to other carriers using traditional millimeter wave 5G technology.
T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G network will be 10 times faster than 4G LTE, but 50% slower than other 5G networks.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Release Date
Verizon was the first to offer pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, followed by Sprint. As of June 28, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is available through T-Mobile.
T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is available now !
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Specs|
|Display||6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED|
|Resolution||1440 x 3040 pixels|
|Cameras||Dual 10MP/Time of Flight (TOF for 3D face recognition and depth) selfie camera
Quad camera: 12MP wide-angle, 12MP telephoto, 16MP ultrawide angle, and TOF
|Fingerprint Reader||Ultrasonic, in-screen|
|Internal Storage||256GB or 512GB|
|Price||$1,299 or $1,399 (256GB/512GB)|
|T-Mobile Release Date||Summer 2019|
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Features
The Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s largest 6.7-inch phone yet with specs and a design comparable to the Galaxy S10+. It includes Samsung’s Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, the first in-screen fingerprint reader, six cameras, and a brand new 2.73GHz Snapdragon 855 processor. The same processor is also included with other S10 Galaxy models, but the S10 5G’s chip includes a special X50 modem used to connect to 5G networks.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Features
- Ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint reader
- Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display
- 2.73GHz Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G modem
- Six cameras, including two 3D-depth cameras
- Live Focus mode
The S10 5G’s four rear cameras allow you to take ultra wide-angle shots of landscapes and zoom shots with the telephoto lens, while the “time of flight” (ToF) camera can be used to take 3D images and add depth to photographs. On the front of the Galaxy S10 5G, you’ll find a second ToF camera which can be used to unlock your phone via 3D face-recognition in addition to a 10MP selfie camera. Samsung is also introducing its new Live Focus feature, which can blur the background in live video while focusing on the subject.
What Does the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Cost?
The RRP for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 256GB – $1,299.99
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 512GB – $1,399.99
T-Mobile is currently only selling 256GB option. The payment plan listed on their site is a 24-month installment plan in which you put $549.99 down and then pay $31.25/month. This may not be plausible for everyone, as the down payment costs nearly as much as the full price of an iPhone 8.
For these high prices, you could purchase one high-powered laptop or two year-old flagship phones, so the S10 5G is definitely meant for early adopters with cash to spend.
Also, unless you live in an area with 5G service, you won’t be able to use the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to its full potential. If you’re interested in 5G service with T-Mobile, it’s advisable to wait until more affordable 5G phones and cities with 5G infrastructure are available in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Payment Plans Through All Major Carriers
T-Mobile 5G Plans
T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray, stated that all 5G plans will include unlimited data and won’t cost any more than current T-Mobile unlimited plans.
For speeds that are 10 times faster than 4G, that’s a fair deal, especially when compared to Verizon’s 5G plans, which may or may not tack on a $10/month access fee to their Unlimited plans in the future.
T-Mobile Unlimited Plans
Let’s Talk Tip: T-Mobile could be the first carrier to have a prepaid 5G service under its MVNO carrier, Metro by T-Mobile. Details on these plans have not been released.
T-Mobile 5G Cities
T-Mobile is attempting to roll out its 5G network to 30 cities by 2020. The Un-Carrier claims it will have the highest capacity network in history when it’s complete, but the accuracy of this assertion depends entirely on whether or not Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger is approved by the FCC, because they will be combining their network under T-Mobile’s umbrella.
T-Mobile’s initial 5G cities include:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas