What you need to know
- Sprint's 5G network is now live in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City.
- The network is based on MIMO technology.
- You can buy the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub starting on May 31.
While T-Mobile and Sprint continue to work with the U.S. government on its impending merger, the latter of the two carriers has been off expanding its 5G network to more cities across the country.
In a blog post published on May 30, Sprint announced that its True Mobile 5G service is now available in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City. There are a few caveats to keep in mind with coverage in each city, with Sprint noting the following:
- Atlanta — Sprint 5G covers approximately 150 square miles and 565,000 people from downtown to Dunwoody.
- Dallas-Fort Worth — Sprint 5G covers approximately 575 square miles and 1.6 million people across the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area serving Irving and downtown Fort Worth, including Sundance Square, Las Colinas, and the North Dallas area from Preston Hollow to Addison.
- Houston — Sprint 5G covers approximately 165 square miles and 800,000 people across the cultural center of Houston from downtown to Memorial City Mall/City Centre Plaza.
- Kansas City — Service covering approximately 225 square miles and 625,000 people from downtown Kansas City, MO, to Overland Park, KS where the company is headquartered.
Sprint is using MIMO technology for its 5G service, 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) radios in all four of the cities mentioned above. With these radios, Sprint can offer its new 5G speeds in addition to its existing LTE coverage.
Commenting on the news, Sprint CEO Michel Combes said:
Sprint 5G is here and we're proud to give customers true mobility and the largest initial 5G footprint in the country. This is a momentous day and just the start of what we can achieve with T-Mobile, together building a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network that benefits all U.S. businesses and consumers.
If you want to take advantage of Sprint's 5G network in any of these cities for yourself, Sprint's launching the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub tomorrow, May 31.
The V50 will set you back $24/month with $0 down on a Sprint Flex plan, whereas the HTC 5G Hub costs just $12.50/month. If you get the Hub, its accompanying plan includes 100GB of "high-speed data" for $60/month.
Additionally, Sprint will also carry the Galaxy S10 5G beginning "this summer."
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