Why you shouldn’t upgrade your iPhone 12 data plan just to get 5G

If you are lucky enough to get a new iPhone 12 this holiday season, there are two things you need to do first get yourself a 20W USB-C power adapter and pick out the right case. The one thing you don’t need to do is changing to a more expensive wireless plan just to get 5G.

While it’s true that the new iPhone 12 is capable of mind-blowing wireless speeds thanks to its new 5G capabilities, you might not actually be able to get them. Depending on your plan and where you live, you might not be able to tap into 5G speeds under your current carrier plan, so you probably think you need to upgrade to one that does.

You don’t, at least not as of yet. While there are some benefits to 5G that can be enjoyed right now possibly faster throughput speeds, the good stuff is likely years away. Even if you live in an area that can deliver sustained speeds of 1.5Gbps thanks to a close-range millimeter-wave tower, you’re unlikely to use it for anything more than showing it off to your friends.