AT&T's mobile 5G service not off to an impressive start

AT&T's mobile 5G service not off to an impressive start
AT&T launched its 5G mobile service on December 21st when it offered a 90 day free trial to certain consumers and businesses in 12 markets. What the carrier was offering to this select group was its Netgear Nighthawk mobile 5G hotspot, and 5G service. Next spring, the former will be priced at $499 while 15GB of 5G data will cost $70 a month. But for now, AT&T was giving both to trial participants as they tested the service.

Posts on Reddit (via PCMag) from some of those involved in the trial show that the results have not been impressive thus far. One Indianapolis trial member used the Speedtest app and discovered that his 5G download data speed was 194.88Mbps. That sounded impressive until he did a test in the same area using the carrier's 5G Evolution service (which is really not 5G and is equivalent to LTE-A) and found his LTE download connection running at 187.44Mbps. The peak speed available now on AT&T's 5G+ service (true 5G) is 625Mbps, lower than AT&T's LTE-LAA service, offered in very limited markets. The latter can provide peak speeds of 1Gbps.


The 5G testing is currently limited to 12 cities right now (Indianapolis, Louisville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, and Oklahoma City) and will expand to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. in the first half of 2019. While right now AT&T doesn't seem to be giving subscribers much of a reason to buy its 5G mobile hotspot and 5G plan, it is still very, very early. By the time April rolls around, and the carrier starts charging for 5G, speeds could be much higher.

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16 Comments

1. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

“By the time April rolls around, and the carrier starts charging for 5G, speeds could be much higher.” - so 5G will be a different price tier?

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Same amount of latency as on 4G , that's some low quality 5G network

3. kevv2288

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

What a scam. So you have to pay $500 for the device and then $70 a month only to be throttled after 15GB!

4. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

super trash

8. dmsrfl

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

lol....

5. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Probably because it's still all just a... ... ... 4G Network, perhaps?

6. LAgurl

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

haha pathetic like always from At&t anybody know were i can post my screen shots here of me getting 220 down and 50 up on my verizon note 9 on "4G" and my friend getting 250 on tmobile on his s9 also on "4G"

9. iCloud

Posts: 124; Member since: May 15, 2014

I wonder where you are at. I am on tmobile getting 30 down and 12 up with 34ping and I am in los angeles area. I tried it with my iphone and huawei.

10. LAgurl

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

iCloud i am in east LA, montebello, boyle heights etc.. many people might think those are ghetto areas but both verizon and tmobile have solid strong lte fast networks getting them speeds , at&t and sprint are the ones here that are bad their slow and drop lots of calls in these areas

14. iCloud

Posts: 124; Member since: May 15, 2014

I am in the burbank area and with tmobile I don't get anywhere near 100 down let alone 200+. I range between 30-40.

16. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Same DTLA area, speeds are never that fast

7. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

And here I am using 4mbs happily

11. yalokiy

Posts: 950; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Not a good start, but at least its results are not worse than 4G.

12. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

But when you compare the number of current users on both the 4G and 5G network, then all hope will be lost...

15. yalokiy

Posts: 950; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Perhaps you need to compare number of 4G vs 5G stations as well.

13. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 189; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Wait till 2020 folks when the prices will lower as a result of carrier competition.

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