AT&T now offers 5G nationwide with a range of personal and enterprise plans, and compatible devices. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
AT&T has announced 5G coverage is now available nationwide, bringing improved connectivity and reliability to personal and business customers. That means as the sweeping advance of connectivity reaches everyday items, a list of benefits comes in its wake. The news is timely considering the new devices coming out, and just in time for those looking to buy new products while seeking better coverage in areas included in the 5G roll-out. This is doubly true for enterprise clients reliant on smooth connections and workplaces using data heavily across different connected hardware.
While some talk bleeding-edge technology, the announcement from AT&T is important because each new generation of the telecommunications standard takes over where the earlier solution left off. In simple terms, the cellular network and internet are building on old versions in a similar manner to how children find creative ways of changing things their elders have done in the past. That means for hardware, new purchases compatible with this next-generation standard are about to see benefits their predecessors did not.
In an AT&T announcement, the company confirmed that its 5G signal is now available nationwide, bringing enhanced connectivity to subscribers across the board. While coverage is never perfect, those with AT&T can expect quality improvements to their connections and material benefits from qualifying devices. Smartphones, smartwatches and vehicles are among those listed, although the list will grow over time. On August 7, 5G will be added to the AT&T Unlimited Starter plan and the company boasts there will be no additional cost for those on the Elite and Extra plans, though terms and conditions apply.
Getting Connected To AT&T’s 5G
Those working from home and those still at the office can get in on the action too. On the same August 7 date, business customers already subscribed to the Business Unlimited Web-Only, Performance, Starter or Elite will also gain 5G access at no further cost. As always, terms and conditions apply and it’s important to read the fine print to know just what that means for each plan. Among other devices coming soon, Samsung and LG have received the lion’s share on the listing with both the Galaxy A71 5G and V60 ThinQ 5G as included options on the table. Those interested in prepaid choices now also have something to talk about, with compatible devices available for purchase with the Unlimited Plus plan and even the ability to activate one they already own. On August 21, Cricket Wireless customers will also enjoy the freedom to activate 5G service on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G.
This kind of news is only sour for a rival company. For those already with AT&T, or anyone looking to make a switch to the carrier, many daily tasks and work responsibilities are likely to see greater reliability and speeds when connected to a 5G network. This even includes those slow days when there’s not much to do other than read articles online. Deployment of the 5G expansion, in concert with reliable, new smartphones, will greatly improve the end user experience, although by how much will vary depending on a number of factors, including 5G band support for devices connected to a network, AT&T or otherwise.
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