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Sprint today at Mobile World Congress announced that its commercial 5G network will launch in May, starting in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City. The carrier plans to expand service to Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. in the first half of 2019.

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5G coverage will initially be limited to select areas of each city:
At launch, Sprint's highly mobile, on-the-go customers can expect mobile 5G coverage ranging from nearly 30 square miles covering Midtown and lower Manhattan, to approximately 230 square miles spanning the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, for a total initial 5G coverage footprint of more than 1,000 square miles across all nine cities.
Sprint plans to build a nationwide 5G network in partnership with T-Mobile should the proposed merger of the two companies be approved.

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Sprint said its first 5G smartphone will be the new dual-screen LG V50 ThinQ 5G unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week, followed by the HTC 5G Hub hotspot in the spring and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5Ghttps://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/20/samsung-2019-galaxy-s10-smartphone-lineup/ in the summer.

Sprint also announced that it will offer 5G service to Google Fi customers with a compatible device, but there is no timeframe for the rollout.

Sprint's network will operate on the 2.5GHz spectrum and use Massive MIMO radio equipment supplied by Samsung, rather than use millimeter wave technology. Sprint chief technology officer John Saw said the carrier saw speeds of 430 Mbps in one demo, according to The Verge, significantly faster than LTE.

Article Link: Sprint Launching 5G Network in May Starting in Four Cities
 
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ThomasJL

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Is Sprint repeating the same mistake now that it made by deploying WiMAX as 4G years ago instead of waiting for LTE?

Are 5G specs finalized?
 
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panjandrum

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Sprint's claim their network is 99% as reliable as other networks is amusing. I'm pretty sure they have a single tower, in Antarctica, and they are able to keep that one tower actually functioning 99% as often as other carriers can keep their entire network functioning. Hence 99% as reliable in their eyes.

Really, stay the heck away from Sprint, their coverage is truly abysmal and frequently fails to provide any data connectivity whatsoever even when it provides a "strong" signal.
 

IPPlanMan

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Wait.

Complains about AT&T's fake 5G. Sues to make AT&T stop advertising fake 5G. Announces an offering of fake 5G.

Seems legit.:rolleyes:

What about this is fake 5G?

“Its network will use the industry-standard 5G protocol.”: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18239508/sprint-5g-launch-may-chicago-dallas-atlanta


As you can see mentioned in the bottom text in the video, these initial speeds are realized over two MIMO layers. The speeds will get much faster when additional MIMO layers are used as well as dual connectivity.
 
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now i see it

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with 5G having a more limited range than LTE and a good LTE signal is already faster than most home internet/cable/DSL wired internet connections, I can't see the average cell phone user being able to utilize or notice any of the supposed faster speeds of 5G when most stuff that requires a lot of bandwidth gets throttled by the carriers anyway (unless you purchase their most expensive plan).

My guess is 5G will be nothing but a marketing blitz for 99% of the end users on cell phones because they won't be able to tell the difference except when running an artificial speed test
 

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It is funny when Sprint say "highly mobile" considering 5G will only be available in "limited" areas.

Sprint's claim their network is 99% as reliable as other networks is amusing. I'm pretty sure they have a single tower, in Antarctica, and they are able to keep that one tower actually functioning 99% as often as other carriers can keep their entire network functioning. Hence 99% as reliable in their eyes.

Really, stay the heck away from Sprint, their coverage is truly abysmal and frequently fails to provide any data connectivity whatsoever even when it provides a "strong" signal.
I have not been a Sprint customer for over 15 years so it is sad to hear they have not improved.
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anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?
No, only in California when it will eventually be included in the Prop 65.
 

mtneer

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"Select areas".. LOL. Phoenix metroplex is nearly 15000 sq. miles, twice the size of the whole state of New Jersey. So, unless they plan on a pretty large roll out, this will just be a novelty across a couple of city blocks, where I presume Sprint has operations.
 

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When they did their LTE buildout Sprint improved vastly in metropolitan areas. It's just in rural areas or if you do a lot of rural travel you may run into issue. I live 900 feet from a Sprint LTE tower so I have no issues really. Major cities it's no problem.
 

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Sprint today at Mobile World Congress announced that its commercial 5G network will launch in May, starting in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City. The carrier plans to expand service to Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. in the first half of 2019.

sprint-5g-network-800x450.jpeg

5G coverage will initially be limited to select areas of each city:Sprint plans to build a nationwide 5G network in partnership with T-Mobile should the proposed merger of the two companies be approved.

lg-v50-sprint-800x515.jpg

Sprint said its first 5G smartphone will be the new dual-screen LG V50 ThinQ 5G unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week, followed by the HTC 5G Hub hotspot in the spring and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in the summer.

Sprint also announced that it will offer 5G service to Google Fi customers with a compatible device, but there is no timeframe for the rollout.

Sprint's network will operate on the 2.5GHz spectrum and use Massive MIMO radio equipment supplied by Samsung, rather than use millimeter wave technology. Sprint chief technology officer John Saw said the carrier saw speeds of 430 Mbps in one demo, according to The Verge, significantly faster than LTE.

Article Link: Sprint Launching 5G Network in May Starting in Four Cities
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anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?
People really don't care about health concerns..That's why we're in the worst shape of all the industrialized countries.
 

69Mustang

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What about this is fake 5G?
Sprint is not using what we have come to consider 5G: mm wave tech. It's not using it because it doesn't own any of the spectrum needed for it. Instead they are going with a much, much slower variation. So yeah, technically it meets the lower end of the 5G specification. But is that where Sprint wants to get on the 5G bandwagon? They're already considered a 2nd rate carrier. Their 2nd rate 5G implementation will do nothing to improve that.
 

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anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?
Yes. I'd hardly consider it tinfoil hat territory.

The fact of the matter is that we have basically NO data telling us whether it is or isn't harmful to our health. It's asinine to just assume "Nah we're good."

Like anyone ever complained about 4G speeds anyway. 60+ Mbps down? That is fast enough for a cell phone. Heck that's fast enough for a house.
 
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