5G network

The big four US 5G carriers are coming to your town, starting this spring, first Verizon and then AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile began rolling out their 5G network. It covers the area from Minneapolis to Dallas and New York to Los Angeles, with faster 5G speeds. We already have a 5G phone like the Galaxy S10 5G, and we have already observed the results of testing using devices like home broadband routers and wireless hotspots.

5G is the much anticipated fifth-generation wireless networking technology, which has the potential to bring fiber-like speeds over the air to phones, cars, homes, and factories. The 5G network promises you a faster speed which will allow you to download a full-length movie to your phone in seconds, it’s not just about the rocket-fast connections. The wireless standard is designed specifically to lessen the network latency, letting you play a real-time combat game against other players on your phone.

To create the 5G network, the major US carriers are using a combination of available spectrum bands, and their mix of bands defines the coverage. One side is “sub-6,” which is extremely efficient and reliable at providing connections over long distances, indoors and out. Sub-6 currently runs over 2.5GHz to 6GHz spectrum bands. While on the other side, 5G can also refer to “millimeter wave,” or “mmWave”, it offers much higher capacity over much shorter distances, ultra-fast speeds over 1Gbps. Reception can be finicky, with walls, glass and even a hand able to block the mmWave signal, mmWave uses spectrum bands above 24GHz.

If you are thinking of adopting a 5G network, you might want to rethink because the existing 5G phones are expensive and tax the device’s battery, you’ll most likely pay a premium to get a carrier’s 5G network, and unless you’re near a 5G node, you may spend more time on 4G than on 5G, at least at first. But no one can stop 5G to replace 4G as it has replaced the 3G network before. Slowly it will come to us all.

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5G phones are not cheap, with most devices well above $1,000. You can also buy the LG V50 ThinQ for $1,222 and the Galaxy S10 5G is for $1,300. You can also pay month by month instead of buying the phone upfront. But the downside, as with any phone, is you may still be paying for a first-gen 5G phone that in two years could feel out of date. The phone is not the only thing you need, Carriers may put you and your 5G phone into one of their upper-tier plans, so expect to pay for unlimited data.

For example, Verizon offers you a 5G plan starts at $85 for a single line, and although the carrier has temporarily waived its $10 monthly add-on fee for 5G service. Sprint is line with 5G in four cities but 5G rollout would merge Sprint and T-mobile company. Sprint and T-Mobile are working to tie up every loose end to win the approval of their merger by July 29.

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