Google Fi customers is certain to get 5G, too and unsurprisingly, they’ll obtain it from the service’s existing partnership with Sprint and rehearse the latter’s 5G infrastructure once it’s rolled out, the firms announced inside a press release.
As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Google Fi already leases telecom networks from Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Three to provide intend to its customers. So it’s not much of an surprise that Fi picked one of those to secure 5G functionality for the customer base.
But it really is interesting an MVNO has struck an offer that presumably gets them 5G as well as a telecom’s primary customers. Per the press release, Sprint’s 5G network is launching inside the first 50 % of 2019 and when this rolls out, Google Fi customers with Sprint 5G compatible ‘Designed for Fi’ phones in a 5G coverage area will likely be automatically attached to the network.
That restricts Google Fi 5G hopefuls a little, unfortunately. Despite opening Fi up to phones from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus, therefore only Designed for Fi phones (seen here) use Sprint’s network. They’ll have to be Sprint 5G compatible, too, though it’s unclear what that includes.
MVNO 5G with caveats, coming to cities first
Sprint’s 5G network begins in nine cities within the first half of the entire year, covering downtown metropolitan areas in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Google Fi users are certain to get 5G over these areas and automatically switch to Wi-Fi or LTE networks when moving with shod and non-shod, because the service works now. Of course, they desire the correct phone to use 5G at all, and they’ll need to be in a 5G coverage zone, naturally.
These zones might be smaller than you’re utilized to with LTE. Sprint isn’t launching its 5G service on millimeter wave since it lacks licenses to broadcast about the airwaves, instead opting for the two.5GHz mid-band spectrum, that’s faster than LTE but doesn’t reach as far, per The Verge. To augment coverage, Sprint will depend on its Massive MIMO radio tech, that this started rolling out last year make it possible for the company to make available both LTE and 5G for the same radio.