It looked as if AT&T will take some time to deploy its 5G devices in the US. But the company is now all set to roll out its mobile 5G devices for public starting from December 21. While the 5G has created a lot of buzz in the town, one has to look out for the prices at which it will be available. If you are already using 4G LTE then you need to understand exactly how much more you need to pay for the 5G services.
According to the press release of AT&T, it will select certain businesses and consumers to offer the 5G device. These consumers and businesses will be given 5G data as well and that too without any cost for three months. After the end of 90 days, AT&T will start to charge $499 upfront for the Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot device. 15 GB of data will be available for $70 per month with no annual commitment.
If the prices of 5G and 4G LTE devices are compared, there is a significant increase in the prices. The 4G LTE devices are priced around $125-200$ which is $300 less than the 5G device price. Every 5G user will be paying a premium price of approximately $300 per device for using the 5G Nighthawk.
While the devices are expensive, the data plans offered by AT&T are cheaper for 5G. The 15 GB plan will be available for $70 which is about $4.66 per GB. In comparison, the current 10 GB plan is available for $50 which is about $5 per GB. Thus the 5G option right now has lower prices when it comes to a data plan, although access is extremely limited so most areas will probably run on 4G LTE.
AT&T’s 5G network will go live in 12 cities which include Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Houston, Louisville, New Orleans, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Waco. The company plans to expand the services in Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, and Las Vegas in the next six months. Sale of 5G devices is not expected to start until next year.