Samsung To Launch 5G With Carrier Partner This Month
Telstra who are punting on 5G to halt a decline in sales could get a heads up on consumers attitude to the 5G technology with Samsung and a major carrier set to start taking orders this month.
Samsung Electric are the first smartphone maker to deliver a 5G device for the US market, Telstra executives are set to monitor the take up or lack of it as they try to take a leadership position in Australia.
Verizon Communications will begin taking orders on April 18 for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G which is set to retail for $1,600-plus handset is expected to reach stores on May 16, provided there are no hiccups in the final testing, according to Bloomberg.
In Australia Telstra have exclusive access to the Samsung 5G handset for three months with their 5G offering tipped to be rolled out in September.
Like Samsung and Verizon, Telstra is punting on claiming marketing victories in a battle to gain 5G leadership.
According to sources they hope sign up early adopters who they hope will eventually embrace connected home services and self-driving cars.
Samsung, which will start selling 5G smartphones in South Korea this week.
The early move will give the Korean phone maker a lead over Apple who plans to hold off on the introduction of its 5G model at least until 2020.
In the USA a full-fledged nationwide 5G service is still more than a year away in Australia it could be up to 3 years away according to analysts.