The major carriers in the US all have plans to begin rolling out 5G coverage across the US sometime this year. While we can’t speak on the behalf of the other carriers and their plans, Verizon has recently shared their own plans for their 5G rollout where the carrier is aiming to cover at least 30 cities this year.
“Verizon’s plans to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband Network in more than 30 U.S. cities in 2019. Verizon 5G Mobility will launch in the first half of 2019, and Verizon 5G Home will expand coverage to more markets in the second half of 2019.”
The carrier does not mention which cities will be receiving coverage, but presumably, the major ones are on the list. If you’re staying somewhere a little further out, then you might not be able to expect coverage this year. This seems to be in line with how 4G was first rolled out where it started off small before it eventually made its way around the country.
While we can’t say for sure when Verizon’s 5G network will eventually blanket the entire country, the carrier does mention that they expect 5G to “contribute more meaningfully to growth” in 2021, so presumably that is when they’re hoping for full (or majority) coverage. In the meantime, Verizon is expected to be the first carrier in the US to carry the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 which will be launched in the first half of the year.
Whether or not you’ll be able to take advantage of its 5G capabilities depends on the city you’re in, so maybe it might be prudent to hold off on purchasing the regular Galaxy S10 until then.