If you live in Indianapolis and are still depressed about Paul George leaving town, I have some decent news for you today – AT&T has launched their 5G Evolution service in your neck of the woods. While not real 5G, it is like an upgraded 4G LTE that should produce speeds up to twice as fast as you were once seeing.
The service has been live in Austin, TX for some time, with AT&T expecting to push forward with 5G Evolution in over 20 metro areas by the end of the year. Up next, though not in this particular order, should be Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Francisco.
How can you gain access to 5G Evolution from AT&T if you live in Indianapolis? Well, you’ll need a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. I’m not kidding, those are the only phones that currently work. We’ll see additional phones before the end of the year, but that’s it for now.
With a 5G Evolution connection, you’ll get to take advantage of upgraded towers that include LTE Advanced tech like “256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO, 3-way carrier aggregation,” according to AT&T. By the end of the year, they hope to build on that with LTE-License Assisted Access and 4-way carrier aggregation. Once that happens, speeds on your mobile phone could reach 750Mbps. Sure, that’s not true 5G, but damn, that’s still fast.
If you live in Indy and own a Galaxy S8 on AT&T, let us know how it’s going! Show us some speedtests, dammit.