AT&T will be the first in the U.S. to offer 5G service over a 5G mobile device on December 21st



AT&T announced today that on December 21st, it will become the first company in the states to offer "a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network." That device is the previously unveiled Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot that accesses 5G Millimeter Wave signals from AT&T's 5G+ network. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the battery powered Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will transmit a 5G signal over Wi-Fi to connected mobile devices.

Currently, AT&T offers its 5G service in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas. In the first half of 2019, service will extend to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.


In a few days, AT&T will start offering certain businesses and consumers a free trial of both the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot and its 5G+ service for at least 90 days. In the spring, the carrier will sell the 5G Mobile Hotspot for $499 and 15GB of 5G data will be offered for $70 a month with no contract.

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13 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LV Baby!

2. kennybenny

Posts: 184; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

15 GB of 5G data? $70 USD? Meanwhile Canada keeps introducing 3G data speed over LTE or 3.5G plans at a more affordable price!!! When 5G is readily available in Canada, they'll introduce 4G data speeds over 5G at a lower price!

3. Acdc1a

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

15GB for $70. What a waste of technology.

4. LAgurl

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

na thanks im paying 70 for my spectrum connection here in LA and its 300 mbps which is fine really and its unlimited .

5. djcody

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

499$ for a hotspot device? Time to sober up at-t

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It cost money to be first, or explorers, or what I like to all them prototypes. $1000 phones $499 seems aboutright. When other carriers start 5g, you will see better deals. Wait people. 15gb can disappear in less than an hour. With the promise of what 5g can do with speeds and bandwidth issues we should see true unlimited plans with all this 5g. Not laughable 15gb. That’s a joke. If nobody bites on this they will sweeten the pot. Be patient. Your phones work fine for now.

6. smoked_2na

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

What will 5G do for users other than reach their data cap sooner, create a new complaint about poor coverage because 5G does not penetrate as good as legacy lower frequency implementations did. Yeah, nobody could beat the coverage of AMPS, couldn't support many users but it was solid. Figure out how to force every carrier to use the 4G spectrum at the same time and increase coverage. Use Wi-Fi most of the time myself, video on the go is nonsense.

7. gamehead unregistered

These prices looking spooky

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1841; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

5G will be meaningless for at least another year, don’t get carried away by the hype train.

9. Johnnycakes

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2018

$499 device, $70 a month for 15 GB? What's the point of 5G if you get 15 GB? This only exists to cause overage charges. If AT&T really wants to offer the "early adopter" an edge, make the service unlimited at a price equal to their home internet service. Most of their 5G service only exists in their "home" markets of Texas and Georgia anyway, which also offers their Uverse internet service. Why would you pay $70/15GB when you can get home internet, much, much cheaper. Oh, due to it being portable? Yeah, on 5G you'll get awful battery life, and run through that 15 GB in less than a day.

10. syed_itsa

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

ATT does not have enough Coverage . I visited Grand Canyon Skyline Where ATT has no regular coverage OR third Party Coverage. Verizon worked there and I have to use Verizon phone as hotspot to get some call over WiFi Calling 5 G Is it not better to provide better coverage to user rather than data Why Do we need cellphone I like better Coverage so that I can be connected with my Love One in case of incident

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I've been in plenty and I meant PLENTY of places where it's just the opposite. You can't judge coverage by ONE location.

13. Reybanz88

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

AT&T is absolutely bonkers! How the hell are they charging $70 for 15GB? they don't want customers... They hate having customers...

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