Pre-Orders for Galaxy S10 5G Begin as Verizon Expands Network
With the rough week that Samsung has been having in regards to its Galaxy Fold, the South Korean multinational conglomerate is now leaning on the expansion of Verizon’s 5G service to help lift it back up.
Verizon is delivering on its promise to not only expand the 5G Ultra Wideband network to more cities, but also to begin accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone and handset. Although the Moto Z3 is able to gain access to Verizon’s 5G network through a Moto Mod accessory, the S10 5G will become the first phone with 5G integrated into its hardware.
Availability begins on May 16, with pricing at $1,300 for the 256GB S10 5G or $1,400 for the 512GB version – both a few hundred dollars under the Galaxy Fold for a phone that will probably hold up 10x better. Verizon also said that they would waive the 5G add-on fee for a limited time, and bundle a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds and a Wireless Charging Battery Pack with each phone.
Of course, this investment will really only be worthwhile if you live in one of the designated 5G service areas. Before, that meant Chicago or Minneapolis, but Verizon has added 20 new cities to its roster including: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC.
But it is worth mentioning that even if you are located in one of these areas, you might have a difficult time finding a signal. Verizon CEO, Hans Vesteberg said, “We all need to remind ourselves that this is not a coverage spectrum.” T-Mobile CTO, Neville Ray added, “Millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but it doesn’t travel far from the cell site and doesn’t penetrate materials at all. It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments.”
So really, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G might be more of a longterm investment for right now, but even so, it’s probably a much wiser purchase than the Galaxy Fold.
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