What You Need to Know About 5G
Are you unsure how 5G will improve your life? The most important thing to understand about the new 5G network is it provides faster internet through a wireless signal that blows away anything you’re currently used to.
Looking back at wireless generations
The “G” in 5G stands for “generation.” The first generation of cellphones let you makes mobile calls from your cellphone to others. They updated this 1G service to 2G when technology allowed you to use your cell phone to send text messages. The next generation, 3G, let smartphones make phone calls, send text messages, and surf the internet.
Where does that leave 5G? You can do everything with 5G that you’ve had in the past, but at speeds up to 10 to 20 times faster. This advancement means you can upload ultra high def and 3D video at lightning speeds and allows for the Internet of Things to work faster. For example, your internet connected devices like a refrigerator, door lock, microwave oven, self-driving cars, drones, and more will network online and work faster.
Where can you get 5G service?
The US, China, Japan, and South Korea are all working to establish the first 5G networks. It will be interesting to see who pushes out 5G coverage first. Few spots in the US have rolled out 5G; California, Texas, and Indiana are among the lucky few who’re on the list today. Most carriers have plans to roll out true mobile 5G service in 2019 around the US.
You must have a specific 5G phone before you can use 5G service, however. Taking advantage of 5G technology requires a specific antenna that mobile phones today don’t have. Several smartphone manufacturers are expected to release 5G smartphones in the US in 2019.