Is 5 G the We All Waited Service? #infographic

Is 5 G the We All Waited Service? #infographic

AT&T said Tuesday it will launch its first 5 G phone, created by Samsung, in the first quarter of next year. Verizon said the same thing on Monday, and also promised 5 G devices from T-Mobile and Sprint in the future.

It may sound exciting, but to support it, you don't have to worry about purchasing one of the first phones.

The new 5 G networks that will roll out in 2019 will provide faster speeds and better connectivity, but most people will not be able to access them as they will only be available in a small number of markets next year. In addition, the way we use phones today will not actually require the faster data speeds 5 G will supply. Today's 4 G LTE networks are more than fast enough to stream on your computer all the video and music you want.

By the end of this year, in the first quarter of 2019, AT&T promised coverage in just 12 cities and seven additional cities. The commercial 5 G service of Verizon is currently only available in five markets.

T-Mobile argues it will launch a nationwide network in 2020. Sprint says its first 5 G phone, built by LG, will arrive in the first half of next year but will support 5 G speeds in just nine markets before it rolls out to additional areas. If they're not on 5 G, these phones will also work on 4 G LTE networks. Your current phone won't be able to work on 5 G, though.

Is 5 G the We All Waited Service? #infographic


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