This week there was a new update for AT&T iPhone users for iOS 12.2. Sadly downloading the iOS 12.2 doesn’t mean that your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS or XS Max just became a 5G phone. The new update, gives the phones features including Apple News+, new Animoji and support for the new AirPods. It does not, bring 5G.
We have heard about other carriers with there 5g plans and now the fifth largest carrier is coming out with plans. U.S. Cellular, plans to launch 5G services in places this year, which may be aimed at benefiting rural customers. The carrier is taking a different strategy and will focus on using low frequencies like 600MHz, 800MHz, AWS (1700/2100MHz), and PCS (1900MHz) bands.
AT&T’s newest 5G E service has been found to be slower then Verizon’s and T-mobiles advanced 4G LTE networks, found by a study done by Opensignal.
At&T has tried to trick customers into believing that 4G LTE-A was a 5G service. But to find out speeds don’t even compare to 4g LTE speeds that Verizon and T-mobile offer. Speed test completed by the source Opensignal has found the average speeds of AT&T 5G E Network are 28.8 Mbps. These speeds are less than Verizon that offers 29.9 Mbps average and T mobile that offers 29.4 Mbps.
Samsung has announced that their first 5G-capable smartphone, the Galaxy S10, will launch in South Korea on April 5, where it will be the first 5G phone in the country.
The S10 is expected to launch in the US soon after the Korea launch, possibly around April 11 to sync up with Verizon’s mobile 5G network launch. No price has been announced yet, but it is expected to retail for a couple hundred dollars more than the non-5G S10+ model. However, carriers may discount the phone to give customers an incentive to move to new 5G-capable hardware.
The next generation of wireless technology will be over 10 times faster than 4G and it will reduce latency in connections. Which will make the network appear even faster.
Some industries are already developing new technologies of their own. Here are three innovations that will happen as 5G is rolled out. Read more about self driving cars, wireless VR and wireless home.
If you’re in the Kansas City area, you can now visit Sprint’s 5G Experience center. The center was created to help demonstrate and educate visitors on how the next-generation wireless technology works and it’s benefits. 5G will enhance gaming and entertainment, impact public safety and power billions of connections with IoT.
Verizon will be launching the 5G mobile service in April of 2019, 5G will only be offered in two cities at first, and the customers will have an extra $10 a month to access it. Verizon will be releasing the 5G in select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis, eventually will be covering more then 30 cities in 2019.
With all 4 of the major US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) heavily promoting their upcoming or in-progress 5G wireless networks, customers are eager for information on how and when they’ll actually be able to use 5G service via their smartphone. Android Central has compiled a helpful summary of each carrier’s plans and what consumers should expect. Key points include:
- Like past cellular technologies (e.g. 3G and LTE), the carriers are using different technologies and frequencies and so phones are unlikely to work across all carriers
- AT&T is already showing a “5Ge” icon on some customers’ phones – but this is not 5G; it’s an upgrade to their 4G LTE service.
- Verizon will begin offering the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 in April.
- Sprint plans to make its 5G service available to Google Fi users.
Want to be able to use Verizon’s fifth generation wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis starting in April? Verizon announced this week you can on April 11 by paying $10 per month with any of its unlimited mobile plans. The Motorola Z3 mobile and a device called 5G moto are the devices that you will need to connect to the 5G network.
Finland has played a larger role with the testing and development of the 5G technologies. Now a small group of residents are currently trying to stop the spread of 5G cellular base stations. These supports believe that 5G electromagnetic radiation may threaten human health.