Samsung, carriers hint that 5G phones and service will cost you

CNET | 12/4/2018 | Jessica Dolcourt
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How much are you willing to pay for 5G?

If you plan to be one of the first to own a 5G phone, better start saving up. Samsung, Verizon and AT&T can't stop talking about 5G's blazing speeds and instant connection, or how you'll be able to download the sixth season of House of Cards on Netflix in minutes. But ask them how much owning one will cost. On that topic, they're suddenly silent.

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5G phones are a hot topic at Qualcomm's annual tech summit, held in Maui, Hawaii, where Samsung announced it will launch the company's first 5G phone in the first half of 2019. The new wireless technology is poised to dramatically change the way people use smartphones, once the carriers begin turning on their 5G networks next year.

But change isn't cheap. Carriers are spending billions of dollars to build out 5G networks while also making their existing 4G networks faster, and carriers and device makers will need to recoup costs when these 5G phones and service plans go on sale.

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The shift to 5G also provides carriers and phonemakers an opportunity to charge a premium for these top speeds, especially when adding a 5G product or plan can make 4G phones seem cheaper by comparison.

Although neither Samsung, Qualcomm, Verizon and AT&T clearly confirmed that phone and service prices will go up, it isn't hard to read between the lines.

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