Sprint wants its customers, and everyone else, to know it will be launching a Samsung-made 5G phone in 2019, just as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have already revealed. The nation’s fourth-largest carrier stated that its Samsung 5G phone would go on sale sometime in the summer of 2019.
In a press release, Sprint didn’t name the actual Samsung 5G phone it will sell, although it’s likely that it will be the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It will also connect to Sprint’s current 4G LTE network, and it will support Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum on both LTE and 5G, along with Sprint’s 1.9 GHz spectrum (band 25), 800 MHz spectrum (band 26) and other LTE spectrum bands. We got to see a Samsung 5G phone prototype a few weeks ago at Qualcomm’s Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii.
This is actually the third 5G device that Sprint has announced. It first announced plans to launch an LG-made 5G phone sometime in early 2019, and it will also launch an HTC-made 5G home smart hub in 2019 as well.
The press release added that Sprint’s 5G network will officially launch in the first half of 2019 in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Sprint plans to use its Massive MIMO technology for its 5G rollout, which in theory should allow for more coverage per cell site than other networks. Keep in mind that Sprint is still scheduled to merge with the nation’s third-biggest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, before the end of 2019.