Sprint is planting its own flag in the 5G free-for-all. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, poised to merge with T-Mobile next year, said on Tuesday that it has tapped LG to build its first 5G smartphone. Neither Sprint nor LG offered any specifics on the model or price of the device. This is just the latest 5G headline to drop as the hype over the next-generation wireless technology heats up. 5G, which promises a far faster and more responsive network, is supposed to supercharge a wave of new technology like self-driving cars, streaming VR and telemedicine — once the service actually launches. The carriers are eager to talk up their 5G prospects given the intense interest, as well as the opportunity for bragging rights over network superiority. Each company is taking a slightly different approach to their 5G plans, using different types of radio airwaves and equipment, so some of the devices may be specific to a single carrier. “Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone in our customer’s hands,” said John Saw, chief technology officer for Sprint. “LG has been working side-by-side with Sprint for nearly 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding Sprint isn’t the first to talk about a 5G-compatible device. Verizon touted a 5G “Moto Mod” that would appear next year to give its Motorola Moto Z3 next-generation network capabilities. Sprint offered little details, but said the phone would be out in the first half of next… [Read full story]
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