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T-Mobile launches 5G in six cities, adds Galaxy S10 5G on June 28 – CNET

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T-Mobile's first 5G phone is Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G.

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In three days, T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the company announced Tuesday.

Similar to the Verizon and AT&T's Galaxy S10 5G phones, T-Mobile's variant will utilize mmWave technology, with the new 5G network available in parts of six major US cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Customers who are not in these cities can still purchase the phone and use T-Mobile's LTE network.

5G is the fifth-generation cellular network technology, which can boast speeds up to 100 times faster than your current 4G LTE cell phone and has latency as little as 1 millisecond.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Crown Silver with 256GB of memory. Customers can purchase the phone at a full retail price of $1,299.99 or, if qualified, opt for monthly installments at $31.25 with a $549.99 down payment. The installments are for 24 months on T-Mobile's no-interest equipment installment plan.

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Unlike Verizon and Sprint, which require certain data plans to tap into 5G, there is not a specific requirement to purchase a special data plan to access the new network. AT&T does not currently sell the S10 5G to consumers.

The mmWave technology is extremely limited as shown by the company's 5G network and coverage maps. T-Mobile plans to launch a larger 5G network later this year using the low-band 600Mhz 5G spectrum, a technology not supported by the Galaxy S10 5G.

Phones that support both mmWave and the low-band spectrum are expected later this year.

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