T-Mobile confirms it’s working on a 5G Samsung phone


T-Mobile today spilled a little more info about its 5G plans.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has confirmed that it’ll carry the same 5G Samsung smartphone that AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon recently said that they would offer in the first half of 2019. “T-Mobile is working on that phone too — and other 5G devices with other OEMs and chipset manufacturers,” Ray said. He went on to tease that T-Mo will have multiple 5G devices that work across multiple spectrum bands in 2019.

Details on the upcoming 5G Samsung phone are light, but it’s expected that the device is a variant of the Galaxy S10. Samsung’s Galaxy S flagships are typically released across all major carriers, and rumors have suggested that a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 is in the works.

We recently heard that the Snapdragon X50 modem that’ll likely be used in this 5G Samsung phone will support millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, but not the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile also plans to use for its 5G network. That means that if you want to be one of the first on T-Mo’s 5G coverage with this 5G Samsung phone, you may be limited to the mmWave coverage. PCMag says that Qualcomm will likely intro a 5G chipset with 600MHz support in February, and Ray says that T-Mobile will have multiple 5G devices that work across multiple spectrum bands in 2019, so those that wait until later next year to get a 5G phone will likely get a device that’ll work with both T-Mo’s mmWave and 600MHz 5G coverage.

What are you plans when it comes to 5G? Will you be an early adopter or will you be waiting until coverage spreads and more devices are available?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • slybacon

    My plan is to wait and watch and eat popcorn.

    • Website Administrator

      Sounds like a good plan!

    • Phone Guy

      If you were with VZ, they would charge you overages for eating too much popcorn.

  • MarkMcCoskeyTech

    Think I’m more interested in a T-Mobile 5G Residential Fixed Wireless solution than a 5G phone, at least until I can pick up an affordable (sub-$300) Android One device.

    • riverhorse

      Prepare to wait years

      • MarkMcCoskeyTech

        That’s fine since I have the new OnePlus 6T. I’ll keep this for 3.

  • Hurlamania

    Here’s what I’m curious about it says it won’t support T-Mobile 600 5G just millimeter wave 5G but will it support 4 G 600 megahertz???

    • Kaulana1989

      Of course it will it will a integrated 4G LTE modem and it discreet 5G modem

  • Gothamite

    It looks like it will take a while to work out the new system and I assume 5G service will carry a cost premium. Do we expect that during the transition period we will have the option of two types of plan? If I recall, when they brought out 4G, we all used the same network, and a 3G phone just couldn’t take advantage of the higher speeds. With 5G, it seems like a significantly different architecture

  • bkat11

    I’ll wait for the Note 10 and get it unlocked

    • riverhorse

      I just read it will be 6.75″. Can’t wait ’till how much bigger the Note 11 will be. LOL

      • bkat11

        I’m ready

  • Phil

    No thanks

  • the martian ambassador

    I’m not in any hurry since I just bought a Note 9. You really can’t make an informed decision until the details ..price..data limits.and especially local availability are announced. The first 5G phones may have inferior battery life since the 5G modem will not be integrated. I’m happy with 4G for a few years until all the peripheral issues are sorted.

  • Jason Caprio

    For some reason I’m not that excited for 5G. 4G LTE when it first came out was vastly inferior to what it is today. Under that logic, 5G will probably be relatively slow compared to what it will be in 5 – 10 years. I was using Verizon in 2010 when LTE was first introduced. It only ran on Band 13 (700MHz), had peak speeds of only around 12Mbit/sec averaging between 4-8Mbit/sec. Today peak 4G LTE speeds are well over 200Mbit/sec with average speeds around 16 – 64Mbit/sec. I think the whole 2G/3G/4G/5G is just marketing speak. Methods of radio transmission evolve over the years and these “Generation” buzzwords are purely made up. Real words are, such as, 1xRTT, EDGE, EVDO, HSPA, LTE, etc. I guess NR (New Radio) is the next one. I guess in a year or so we’ll see how the landscape looks.

    • Acdc1a

      Capacity is what 5g will bring us more than speed. If there is a true alternative to fixed broadband it will be revolutionary. A word of caution though as LTE was touted as having that potential.

  • mikeZo6

    Wow 5G a lot of people still don’t have 4G LTE

    • Brett S


    • Captain Insano

      Even flip phones have 4g lte. What are you talking about.

      • Sharti24

        He is talking about coverage. Not phones

  • pda96

    Yawn. Work on your coverage, TMO. That’s more important.

    • Captain Insano

      I say the same thing with Verizon and at&t. Work on the network before all this 5g or 5e or 5whatever crap. All the maps with lying coverage. Fix that first

      • Jason Caprio

        I have Verizon and my fiancee has T-Mobile. Over the last year or so I’ve been noticing a drastic improvement with my overall signal quality and speeds. I’m guessing these are from aggressive upgrades preparing for 5G. T-Mobile on the other hand, is pretty much the same. On a brand new Pixel 3, T-Mobile gets around 1 – 2mb/sec in our apartment in Bensalem, PA, while Verizon is getting around 50 – 100mb/sec on my Pixel 2 XL. T-Mobile has been getting that same speed for years, while Verizon each year incrementally kept getting faster. So about 3 years ago, Verizon was doing about 8 – 16mb/sec on average. I can definitely tell that Verizon is making serious progress. T-Mobile, not so much. Their 600MHz will definitely help in rural areas though, but honestly, it’s too little too late. It’s nearly 2019 and they they still have some serious catching up to do with the big guys.

        • Website Administrator

          Do you work for Verizon? I swear every post I’ve seen from you on here is an advertisement for Verizon. Not saying your experience is BS, just an observation.

          In my own experience, T-Mobile coverage is the same as Verizon everywhere I go, and I get more features for less, which is a win/win. However, Verizon does a lot better in the rural areas about 50 miles away from us (which I never travel to, but friends of mine have).

        • Sharti24

          His work pays for his verizon plan

        • Omar Boyer

          i agree hes always here bithcing about tmobile coverage , yes WE all know verizon has more coverage blah blah blah etc.. we all know!!! but for some people who have tmobile it works for them, he has made it clear verizon works for him ,so what is he doing here? Also when you tell him that hel start taking it personal. is like why even bother replying to him haha if on the next post he gonna do what he always does go and bytch about tmobile coverage again .

        • Acdc1a

          323 vs 326 million pops, granted the remaining pops are much more vast from a land mass perspective. T-Mobile has an LTE network that’s larger than AT&T and approaching Verizon. The myth is being dispelled.

        • Phone Guy

          T-Mobile is faster almost everywhere in the big and medium cities. T-Mobile only recently got bandwidth to go to small towns. Your town in PA does not represent TMO nationwide, but if TMO sucks in your area, why don’t you switch the other phone to VZ. T-Mobile is rated as fast or faster in all the studies, so one town doesn’t say much. Just saying….

        • Jason

          That’s a paragraph of uncorroborated first person narrative. We have no way of knowing if those are your actual speeds, if you are lying, or if you are shilling.

        • Jason Caprio

          I have no reason to lie. Some people are just in denial that T-Mobile still can’t hold a candle to Verizon when it comes to overall reliability, consistency, speed, and total coverage.

        • Jason

          How do we know you have no reason to lie? You could be paid to lie, and from your post history, I would surmise you are infact paid to lie.

  • Dartinbout

    I love the LG v20. It’s the 1st phone I’ve kept through the contract. If the LG V50 has 5G and a 5000 mah battery, I’ll buy it right out of the box.

    • Dummy Up Meathead


      • Omar Boyer

        sounds u need to go to sleep go back to bed

        • Dummy Up Meathead

          You talk goodly.

        • Omar Boyer

          tchyeaaa i do

  • HeatFan786

    Android One edition of a S10 would be a nice 5G device.

    • Acdc1a

      It would be nice if Samsung gave us some stock Android.

  • GinaDee

    If Samsung will add support for 5G NR on both T-Mobile’s mmWave spectrum and Sprint’s Band 41 spectrum that’s all that we’ll really need.

    Sprint is currently busy building out 5G on Band 41 as we speak and it’d be nice if we could tap into that spectrum come next year.

    I don’t need 5G on Band 71 right now. LTE works just fine.

  • DBrava

    next year is 6G right

  • Terry Whitt

    My wife and I bought our first flagship phones, LG V30’s, in November 2017 anticipating the rollout of Band 71. As of yet, I don’t believe either of us has picked up a Band 71 signal due to our location. We are very happy with the LG V30’s and will likely hold on to them until they quit working. We are more concerned with coverage and not all that excited about 5G speeds because we just don’t use our phones that way. We will go to 5G phones in due course, probably in two to three years.