Yes, and I think this phone will go along way to demonstrating to the FCC that Dish is SERIOUS about using its spectrum, but Dish wants 5G only, and not have to build out--for a NEW entrant in wireless--what would be legacy technology (4G/LTE). That strategy really does make the most sense for a new entrant.Yeah, they haven't been totally clear about their 5G plans but I do get the sense that they largely plan to use that network for enterprise/IoT customers and perhaps even overflow/roaming for one or more of the big 3. And that will be in addition to having their prepaid cellular customers (Boost, Ting, Republic) use it too as they gradually upgrade to phones capable of accessing Dish's 5G bands. All of which is to say that we very well may not see Dish launch a fourth major consumer-facing cellular service intended to directly compete with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile (which is clearly what the DOJ and FCC intended to happen when they allowed T-Mo to buy Sprint). Although perhaps, in time, they'll merge their prepaid brands into a single new brand.
The whole situation is still pretty murky and I'm honestly still not sure that I think Dish will end up building out their 5G network broadly enough and quickly enough to hit the deadlines the FCC has set for them.
Also, while I believe the FCC is being pressured by the big 3 wireless companies to clamp down on Dish to get rid of a 4th competitor, the TRUTH is that the FCC knows there is NO OTHER entity prepared or WILLING to take Dish's place as a 4th wireless carrier because the entire point of allowing the T-Mobile/Spring merge was that a 4th Carrier was absolutely REQUIRED for the merge to be approved.
The FCC knows that they are better off approving extensions or in some other ways working with Dish because if they don't, the FCC knows the process would have to start all over again and even pro-consumer groups would cry LOUD foul in their objection to end Dish's efforts because it would mean even MORE years before a 4th wireless network competitor could get off the ground, and we would all rather take--however imperfect and slower paced--the sooner to happen Dish 4th wireless service than to grant the 3 big wireless companies their wish to greatly delay a 4th wireless company competitor being a reality for far longer than it would be to accommodate Dish.
But the FCC has to talk tough (and, maybe they should) and put the heat under Dish to get moving so they don't look like they are letting Dish drag their feet--but then again, ALL the wireless carriers are behind their schedules with a tower build out backlog for everyone. Please, the big 3 PHONY 5G network maps are a great illusion. Just make the "dots" really large for a single tower and it looks like they cover a huge metro area. NOT! Real life experiences with a dash here and there but lots of NO 5G service almost everywhere tell the real story.