This post was most recently updated on August 3rd, 2022
What is 5G?
The next generation of mobile networks, 5G is set to provide even faster data speeds, lower latency and more reliability than ever before. But what does that mean for you and how will it change the way you use your mobile phone? Here’s everything you need to know about 5G.
How fast will 5G be?
5G will be significantly faster than 4G LTE, with peak speeds that can reach up to 10 gigabits per second. In real-world terms, that means you’ll be able to download a two-hour movie in just three seconds. Even at lower speeds, 5G will still be much faster than 4G LTE, with average speeds expected to be around 100 megabits per second.
What are the benefits of 5G?
Aside from speed, one of the biggest benefits of 5G will be its low latency. Latency is the time it takes for a piece of data to travel from your phone to a server and back again, and it’s measured in milliseconds. 4G LTE has an average latency of 50 milliseconds, but with 5G that will be reduced to just one millisecond. That means there will be virtually no lag time when you’re doing things like streaming video or playing online games.
5G will also be more reliable than 4G LTE, with a much higher capacity for handling large numbers of users at the same time. That’s because 5G will use a different part of the spectrum than 4G LTE, which means there will be less interference and more capacity.
When will 5G be available?
The first 5G networks are already up and running in a few select cities around the world, but it will still be a few years before it’s widely available. In the US, AT&T and Verizon have both launched 5G networks in a handful of cities, but coverage is still extremely limited. It’s expected that 5G will start rolling out to more cities in 2020 and 2021.
How much will 5G cost?
There’s no word yet on how much 5G will cost, but it’s likely that it will be more expensive than 4G LTE. That’s because 5G will require a new generation of smartphones and other devices that are compatible with the new network. So, if you want to use 5G, you’ll probably need to buy a new phone.
Do I need a new phone for 5G?
Yes, in order to take advantage of 5G you’ll need a phone that’s compatible with the new network. The first round of 5G-compatible phones includes the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.
Will all my apps work on 5G?
All your existing apps will work just fine on 5G, but you’ll need to download new versions of any app that you want to use with 5G. For example, if you want to use Netflix on 5G, you’ll need to download the 5G-compatible version of the app Delay-Doppler Channel.
What about my data plan?
Your existing data plan will work on 5G, but you may need to upgrade to a higher-priced plan if you want to take advantage of the higher speeds. For example, AT&T’s unlimited data plans start at $70 per month for 4G LTE and go up to $85 per month for 5G. Verizon’s unlimited data plans start at $75 per month for 4G LTE and go up to $95 per month for 5G. So, there you have it – everything you need to know about 5G. It’s set to be faster, more reliable and more widely available than ever before. But it will also likely be more expensive, so you may need to upgrade your data plan if you want to take advantage of the higher speeds.