The funny thing with 5G
is that it can be different things for different people. Apart from faster download speeds, it will also sport better coverage density for many times more devices on a tower than 4G fits now and will intro one wonderful new development... low latency.
That is exactly what AT&T may be banking on when it said that it is still mulling what pricing models to add for its 5G services to the existing monthly fee options. At least one carrier exec who is in charge of wireless and video for end users thinks that AT&T may have cracked the code.
There will be different tiers of 5G service
The current models, where service is either included in the price of the device, like with Samsung's SmartThings tracker you see in the video above that costs $99 with a year of connectivity included, or where it's simply added to the monthly bill, like with Apple's Watch, will probably remain, said the exec.
"There’s certainly an opportunity for new consumer consumption models," quipped AT&T's David Christopher. As one example, which made us all ears, he cited "a specific pricing tier related to low-latency video gaming services." This certainly sounds like we are about to get nickel-and-dimed for every brave new feature 5G will bring to the table.