It is one factor for wireless carriers like Verizon and Sprint to indicate off 5G speeds on this or that metropolis. It is one other to check the identical phone on two completely different networks in the same city for a style of how 5G competitors is heating up. That is precisely what I did right now in Chicago — testing peak and real-world 5G speeds on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on each Verizon and Sprint.
Sprint, awaiting authorities approval on its pending acquisition by T-Mobile, on Thursday turned on its fifth promised 5G metropolis, Chicago. That occurs to be one of many two launch markets for bigger rival Verizon’s 5G service, which in our first exams yielded impressive speeds if restricted protection.
Sprint’s growth into the Windy City, because the second provider to supply 5G there, turns Chicago into one of many early battlegrounds for 5G. It additionally marks a first look of the totally different approaches taken by the two carriers. For its 5G community, Sprint has centered on utilizing the slower however wider-ranging mid-band spectrum (sometimes called sub-6GHz). Verizon then again (and AT&T and T-Mobile) has prioritized utilizing tremendous quick however severely restricted millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
After spending a couple of hours operating across the Windy City on each network, it’s clear that 5G has arrived, however, several flavors can be required going ahead for the perfect expertise.
In a verify on the corner of N. Ernst Ct. and E. Walton St., with each Galaxy S10 5G phones pinging the same server, Verizon’s mmWave was a lot quicker — it hit a obtain pace of 713Mbps, in contrast with Sprint’s 123Mbps — however Sprint’s 5G community protection alongside the best way there was significantly better.