All of the major carriers in the US are already trying to pin down the logistics of their 5G network, which should start to become the standard within the next few years. Since the spectrum for that type of network is in high demand, however, that means you’re going to see big carriers fight over who gets what.
It’s been several years since we’ve seen carriers intermingle in the hardware space, and most of them don’t even bother asking for specific models and devices anymore. Verizon’s DROID brand is the closest thing to it anymore, but Lenovo still sells the Moto Z without the carrier branding, anyway.
T-Mobile has announced a new mobile device and insurance package for their wireless customers, and it’s easily the most comprehensive thing that’s currently in the market. For $15 per month you get the usual accidental damage protection, extended warranty, and some cloud backup services, but it also includes identity theft protection, security features like a password manager, and personal technical support.
Sprint talks up their reliability next to Verizon, but when it comes to coverage and speed, it’s really tough to spin Sprint’s network as anything but mediocre. They’ve struggled to build up their network to stay competitive with the big guys, and T-Mobile has overtaken them from behind. Despite all of that, however, Sprint might have just found a magic bullet for its wireless woes.
T-Mobile was the first major carriers to completely ditch two year contracts for its customers and introduce more transparent installment plans, and it’s going to be the first to shake up that industry standard one more time. A new leak suggests that we can expect some serious changes to T-Mobile’s installment billing in the later half of this year.
The next generation of wireless data speeds are on their way and we will all have to get used to referring to 5G. Before that happens though the standards for just what constitutes 5G have to be established. AT&T decided to get a jump on things with the announcement today that they are launching their own 5G Evolution service in Austin, Texas and will light up 20 more metro areas before the end of 2017.