Sprint 5G: Where is it available and which phones offer support?

When it comes to mobile phones and wireless technology, some people like to look ahead to the next big thing. What’s looming on the horizon? As if we’re somehow not happy with what we have in our pocket, we spend time reading rumors, and speculation, looking at leaked photos.

One could argue that 5G is that next big thing, at least for smartphones. Sure, it’s still in its infancy, but the tech, its promises, and benefits won’t be going anywhere soon. Be prepared for a few years of wireless providers hitting you over the head with 5G.

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Today there’s a lot of confusion around 5G. Which carrier offers it in which locations? What phones work with the service? What sort of technology is used? How do rate plans work?

In this piece we will clear up the first two questions: where is it, and which phones support it? Specifically, we’ll address Sprint, and periodically update the post as things evolve.

Where is Sprint 5G available?

As of today, Sprint offers 5G speeds in the following cities:

Atlanta

Chicago

Dallas-Fort Worth

Houston

Kansas City

The carrier has also tapped New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Phoenix for its next 5G cities.

Sprint is banking on a merger with T-Mobile to bolster an enhanced 5G network, combining the footprint and technologies of the two. Between T-Mobile‘s 600MHz spectrum and Sprint‘s 2.5GHz spectrum, the plan is to have 8X the total capacity as compared to going it alone. The goal timeline is still years away, with plans to be done by 2024.

Which Sprint phones support 5G?

When it comes to smartphones with support for Sprint 5G, the carrier has but two phones to choose from: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ. It also has a mobile hotspot device, the HTC 5G Hub.

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G– $1299.99
  • LG V50 ThinQ – $999.99

Further reading

  • Please don’t buy the 5G hype in 2019
  • Sprint says 5G phone from OnePlus coming soon
  • Sprint’s first 5G devices go on sale
  • Sprint to offer Samsung Galaxy S10 5G