Pop the champagne corks, because the next generation 5G mobile network is finally here! Well, good. It is in some cities. And it only works if you have this phone.
No, the floodgates have not been opened for super fast speed on your mobile devices. While it seems to be moving at a snail's pace, the dates have been set and rollout is really going on.
Finally, the 5G switch is turned over and compatible smartphones are about ready to go. Read on to find out the latest on 5G, including what is already here, what's on its way and what's going to take longer than expected.
5G then and now
There were promises that 5G would be so fast that it would blow 4G LTE out of the water, with an expected average speed of about 1
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Work on the 5G network has actually been going on for more than a decade, but didn't start to get real attention for the last five years or so. In 2013, Samsung announced that it had created a 5G network. Verizon began testing 5G in 2016, as other companies were working hard to build the infrastructure for the new network.
Time continued and the first buzzen was interrupted, then news about 5G began to pick up steam again in 2018. In October, Verizon announced that the mobile network would be launched in 30 US cities by the end of 2019. The company did not say which – first.
Not being en-opped, AT&T did more than set a date and in December turned the 5G switch into 12 cities:
- New Orleans
- Oklahoma City
AT & T then announced another list of cities to start at 5G in 2019:
Sprint also works on his own plans, who first start activating 5G in May in the following cities:
- Kansas City
So Sprint plans to Add these cities later this year:
- Houston  Los Angeles
- New York City
- Washington, DC
Let's not believe mme T-Mobile, who also plans a 30-city launch at a time in 2019, possibly second half, begins with these cities:
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York City
] That's great, but what is a 5G network if no device can connect to it?
First and foremost, if you have a smartphone on the AT&T network, you may already see 5G E in the top corner. This is not real 5G. All phones currently on the market only support 4G LTE, and their phones are not different. It's just their strange way of marketing what they call a faster version of 4G, although some tests show they are misleading 5G E, is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobiles 4G LTE. Another test says otherwise AT & T has the fastest.
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So let's move on to phones that actually have 5G radio features built in. Samsung revealed its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, along with a 5G version during an event back in February. Its 5G phone will at first launch exclusively with Verizon and the rumor have it, it can be made available for pre-ordering in the US in mid-April and released around mid-May.
LG also has a 5G phone on the road, V50 ThinQ. It will start exclusively with Sprint only in the next few months.
Verizon's 5G is online and they have a phone to prove it.
Now we come back to Verizon. A few days ago, it launched its 5G service early in Chicago and Minneapolis. But it was not the company's only announcement.
The flipping switch in the two cities was one thing, but the big news was that Verizon had a phone that works on the 5G network. But it's not a new phone. It is the existing Moto z3 that now has access to the 5G network. You just have to buy the only released $ 200 Moto Mod attachment to add to the ability. And pay an extra $ 10 per month for 5G service.
Now, Verizon has apparently taken the lead in the race to 5G. Although coverage is sparse, it actually shows that 5G is real and it is here.
The Next Steps in the 5G Roll-Out
As you read through this report, you may have noticed that there was nothing about Apple and a 5G-compatible iPhone. There was no accident. Apple hasn't just been quick to adopt new technology or standards in recent years, and it doesn't seem to treat 5G any differently. Don't expect to see an iPhone that can access the new network at the earliest by 2020.
It may even be worse than that. An analyst told 9to5Mac that legal disputes over 5G modems may delay the release even further. He believes that a 5G iPhone may not see the light of day until 2021.
However, in the grand scheme of things, major carriers will continue to debut 5G services in different cities throughout the year. The problem is, coverage will basically be uneven and there will only be a few phones that will be able to use it by the end of the year.
Yes, we will eventually get more of a nationwide rollout of 5G, but you won't start seeing mass coverage until 2020 at the earliest. The 5G network can be incredibly fast, but the rollout is certainly not.
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Although 5G is already making it debut, most of us will still be on the 4G LTE network for the foreseeable future. And it has problems.
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