T-Mobile's CTO, Neville Ray, spoke about it in an interview with PC Mag to highlight the company's recent promise not to raise prices for at least three years if its massive merger with Sprint is finally approved by the regulators and allowed to continue. CEO John Legere, who is supposed to lead the merged company, made that promise in a letter to FCC President Ajit Pai earlier this month. Ray directly confirmed that Legere's remarks would also apply to 5G data packages.
T-Mobile will continue to offer unlimited data for 5G, said Ray, once the carrier's network is operational and equipped with devices that can take advantage of the higher speeds and reduced latency of 5G. The company's current unlimited T-Mobile One plan starts at $ 70 (taxes and other fees included). Therefore, the 5G will also start if T-Mobile stays true to Legere's word. The upgraded T-Mobile One Plus plan (with streaming HD streaming and LTE access point speed) starts at $ 85 / month, which is another possibility.
Earlier this week, T-Mobile set consumer expectations: the 5G network will be truly operational: it will be in the second half of 2019. "We can do things in the first half," Ray said. PC Mag. "We are going to have appliances and we are going to have a network. But how hardware is it? I do not think anything from AT & T or Verizon will be important until the deadlines are set. Ray suggested that all carriers still solve the problems of their underlying 5G infrastructure.
Sprint has already announced a more specific window for the launch of its own 5G network: it will be activated in May in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City before expanding to Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington. . DC – all in the first half of this year, says the company.
It will take a long time for all major US carriers to reach 5G coverage nationwide. At that time, T-Mobile will have already started well its three-year period of no price increases. The carrier said it was intended to "cover the country" with 5G by the end of 2020.
Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy S10 5G will be marketed by both operators after the end of the exclusive period with Verizon. LG also has an upcoming 5G phone – the ThinQ V50 – but Ray said that T-Mobile remains undecided about whether it will carry this device.