Sprint goes big with 5G: Nine cities, 2,100 square miles covered, and mobile gaming to boot

NEW YORK–Four years ago, a 5G demo from Sprint and Nokia involved a van-sized base station and a test device the size of a small refrigerator.

By the time Sprint officially launched 5G service in New York City on Monday, the base station equipment had shrunk to the size of a briefcase, and the demo devices were the epitome of the modern flagship: smartphone: slim, sleek and all-screen.

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