Samsung announced on Thursday that its first smartphone that’s compatible with new and faster 5G networks — the Galaxy S10 5G— will be available to buy in the US in May, with pre-orders starting “soon.”
If Verizon’s product page for the Galaxy S10 5G is anything to go by, “soon” for pre-orders means six days from Thursday on April 17 at midnight, at least for Verizon customers.
Verizon has exclusivity for the Galaxy S10 5G, but it’s not clear for how long. To date, Verizon has activated its 5G networks in two cities, including parts of Minneapolis and Chicago.
AT&T announced that it will offer the Galaxy S10 5G in the spring of 2019, so it’s likely to be available for AT&T customers shortly after it’s made available for Verizon customers. It’s perhaps a matter of a few weeks, not months. AT&T has activated its 5G network in “parts” of 19 cities in the US to date.
Sprint is also rolling out its 5G network in May, and will also make the Galaxy S10 5G available in the spring along with a phone from LG.
T-Mobile’s 5G network rollout is more vague, with availability “this year.” T-Mobile says that 5G phones will also be available “this year,” without specifically mentioning the Galaxy S10 5G.