When it comes to 5G devices, carriers in the United States don't have too many alternatives, even though many smartphone makers promised to bring their products on the shelves this year.
A tit-for-tat race between three South Korean telecommunications carriers and Verizon started when the South Korean government set the launch date for Friday, exactly a week before Verizon had planned to roll out its 5G services. Besides, a 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 was also announced.
People wait in line to buy new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smart-phones in front of an SK Telecom shop during a launch event in Seoul on April 5, 2019. Now, consumers will be able to unlock an entirely new mobile experience with the most advanced network available and the powerful and innovative features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
With the way technology is improving, one will wonder if we can keep the pace.
The service is also available in other major cities outside Seoul.
Industry officials expect 5G smartphone users will opt for unlimited plans to enjoy high-quality streaming service as well as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) offered by the carriers. It has data transmission speeds 20 times faster than the current 4G long-term evolution (LTE) wireless technology.
Verizon's Ultra Wideband network customers must use Motorola's Z3 and a "5G Moto Mod", an accessory that allows Z3 to connect to the 5G Ultra Wideband network.
The new 5G technology enables dramatically faster download speeds with nearly no delay in watching videos or loading pictures.
Samsung's first 5G phone will launch in Korea on Friday, with prices starting at around $1,231 for the 256GB version, but you won't have to wait too long to get one in the USA, as the Verizon version is rumored to launch in mid-May.