But by Wednesday afternoon local time, South Korea's ministry of science and ICT was tipped from a source in the United States that Verizon would be attempting a surprise launch late in the evening, according to local reports.
Before Friday's roll-out of the Samsung phone, the 5G service had been restricted to a handful of specially selected users in South Korea. Samsung opted to offer 256GB and 512GB storage variants of the Galaxy S10 5G in Korea, and it is possible that those two variants will hit the U.S. as well. Availability depends on carrier support as well since mobile 5G networks need to be live before the device can be released in a country.
Market leader SK Telecom is offering an unlimited package for those who subscribe to its 5G service by June, saying it will decide on its pricing strategy based on market reaction in the first three months. Samsung was also launching its top-end Galaxy S10 5G smart-phone, after South Korea this week won the global race to commercially launch the world's first nationwide 5G networks.
The carriers say 5G-enabled smartphones are capable of downloading data 20 times faster than existing 4G devices, which in theory would enable users to download movie files nearly instantly. "We are proud of the work we've accomplished to bring our first 5G smartphone to market and look forward to bringing it to everyone around the world in the coming year".
SK Teleom's firstcomers for 5G mobile service including figure skater Kim Yu-na (3rd from left) pose with their phones in Seoul on Wednesday, a day ahead of the official launch.
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Apple is planning its 5G model in 2020.
The phone costs around $1,100 (base model) in Samsung's homeland, South Korea, so you can expect it to go over $1,200 (outright) once it reaches the U.S., that's at least our assumption. In the USA, the average fixed broadband speed in the U.S is 96Mbps.
The Galaxy S10 5G includes really thin bezels, it is made out of metal and glass, and its rear-facing cameras are horizontally-aligned.
AT&T has a mobile 5G service in some cities.