T-Mobile casually confirms its own 5G Samsung phone release while attacking Verizon and AT&T
But in a new blog post suggestively titled “5G for few vs 5G for all”, the “Un-carrier’s” Chief Technology Officer, Neville Ray, reminds us that T-Mobile’s approach to the upcoming 5G revolution is different.
Simply being first (or saying “first”) is not as important as getting 5G right first, which T-Mo intends to do by combining low, mid and high band spectrum in a multi-band 5G spectrum rollout strategy that needs a little more time to be appropriately applied. It also needs final Sprint merger approval, but that’s a discussion for another time.
Right now, what’s perhaps most interesting to point out is that Samsung’s as-yet-unnamed 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 variant is officially headed for all of America’s big four wireless service providers.
T-Mobile was the last holdout after Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint confirmed one after the other they would release this (not so) mysterious premium handset at different times next year. But “Magenta” isn’t looking to make a fuss over this particular release, highlighting “other 5G devices” from “other OEMs” are in the works as well.
Multiple “chipset manufacturers” will apparently also join forces with T-Mo, even though Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is the only 5G-capable chipset out there right now. Could MediaTek or Intel be preparing some sort of a surprise in that field?
We honestly have no idea, and we also don’t know if T-Mobile will actually be able to “get 5G right” before Verizon and AT&T. But we definitely agree with Neville Ray that “big-a$$ 5G pucks”, “meaningless word trickery”, and 5G rollouts limited to “a few blocks of four cities” are not the way to go. Patience is what it's all about for the time being.