1. cardboard60's Avatar
    So 5 G phones are supposed to be released next year.
    Seems Verizon has been working hard on it.
    It's said it will be in some major cities in the U S
    And if you have 5G it will not operate on 4G networks because of the frequency.
    So since it will only be in major cities.
    What happens with being able to use your 5G phone when you leave the major city.
    Also heard that you will need a 5G box to hook up to your wireless router to use in on Wifi.

    And it seems like before we even know much about 5G
    They are already talking about 6G

    Does anybody know what's going on with 5G networks and phones.

    Thanks.
    12-06-2018 02:58 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    5G has nothing to do with wifi. The router will still work.

    As far as the networks, any carrier that foes to 5G will still be maintaining their 3G and 4G networks in the same cities, so if you have an older phone it will still work. And 5G phones will still do 2G, 3G and 4G, so if you're not in one of those cities you'll still be able to use the network.

    So until 4G is totally eliminated from the networks (and since Verizon is the first US carrier planning to switch, they;ll probably be full 5F-only by about 2035), I don't think you'll have anything to worry about. You won't want to be keeping a 15 year old phone.

    Practically speaking, 5G network or 5G phone - won't make any difference - except in speed. If you use a 5G phone on a 5G network you'll probably be getting almost 500mbps initially. (The problem with that is that the internet is only running at about 5mbps, so all it means is that you can be downloading 4 or 5 huge files and watching a streaming movie at the same time. No single stream is going to get 500mbps. No single stream gets 100mbps, which is 4G's top speed. Even Verizon's "300mbps" "expected download speed" is unrealistic.)
    12-06-2018 12:20 PM
  3. cardboard60's Avatar
    With the talk about how much more they are gonna charge for the 5g phones.
    And the 5 g service.
    Not sure I want a 5g phone.
    I'm not a Business .
    Retired.

    All I do on a phone is play .
    Don't need to stream movies.
    I have the dish Network.
    12-07-2018 07:08 AM

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