LG’s popular mid-range Stylo series, which boasts a stylus and classic design, is rumored to soon see a 5G model added to its lineup. @OnLeaks revealed the first leak of the LG Stylo 7, including details that point to two versions being available: one with LTE-only and one with 5G.
Per the rumors, the Stylo 7 will look similar to the OnePlus Nord, with a vertical rear camera module and 6.8″ display. It is assumed that the two versions – LTE and 5G – will be essentially comparable, aside from a more powerful processor in the 5G phone. And of course, it’s almost certain there will be a premium to pay for the 5G version while the LTE model will likely be priced similarly to other Stylos.
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.
iPhone 12 users in New York City have reported that, counter-intuitively, speeds when their phone indicates they’re using 5G are often slower than 4G LTE. The reason for this is because in order to provide more “5G” coverage, Verizon uses a method called dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) which reuses parts of 4G channels for 5G. That allows 5G devices to connect in more places, but the performance is typically no better – and often it’s worse – than 4G LTE alone.
Verizon spokespeople have confirmed that using DSS provides no real advantages over LTE: “For most customers, performance on our 5G nationwide network will be similar to 4G. [DSS] is new technology and we’re continuing to modify it as we go. We expect performance improvement through 2021 and beyond,”
Since the iPhone 12 prioritizes 5G over 4G, if it detects a 5G signal – even if it’s really just DSS – it will automatically use that network, even though in the real world users would often be better off sticking with LTE.
If you’re in an area where 5G doesn’t seem to be any faster than LTE, you can test by turning 5G off/on and comparing speedtests. If LTE is better, you can leave 5G off until the network improves.
How to turn 5G on/off on iPhone 12:
Go to settings
Tap Cellular, then Cellular Data Options, then Voice & Data
5G Auto is the default. Choose 5G On to use it anytime it’s available, or LTE to turn off 5G.
The Federal Communications Commission’s auction for spectrum licenses on the C-Band, a mid-band spectrum between 3.7 and 4GHz, has been going on for three weeks now, and bidding as reached a record $66.4 billion. Experts agree that mid-band frequencies are critical for 5G usability, since they can provide both improved speeds vs 4G LTE while also providing better coverage than the superfast but extremely limited millimeter wave bands used by Verizon and AT&T.
The recent bids have far exceeded even the experts’ highest forecasts. The 5G is on hold now through the holidays, but will resume Jan. 4. The bidders and their bids are secret until the auction completes, but it is almost certain that AT&T and Verizon are among the top bidders.
“Mid-band spectrum will be where 5G lives,” said Walt Piecyk, a telecom analyst for research firm LightShed Partners, adding that T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint “clearly put pressure on Verizon and AT&T” to increase their frequency holdings to better compete.
Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models show the best sales during their Oct. 23 launch that they became the first and second best-selling 5G smartphone worldwide. The sales tallies, from Counterpoint Research, indicated that Apple’s initial two iPhone 12 models tallied an estimated 24% of all 5G phone sales for October 2020.
There is a large suppressed demand for 5G upgrade since the release of the iPhone 12 5G model, especially within the iOS base, which is now getting converted into sales,” Counterpoint analyst Varun Mishra wrote in a Monday blog post about the data. He noted that promotions from carriers, which pushed the device’s price down from a $799 starting price to zero upfront charges in many cases, accounted for over a third of iPhone 12 sales for the month.
The scoring of 5Gstore’s top products comes from a combination of their popularity as well as the number of customer reviews they received and the average rating customers gave the product. Many of this year’s winners, like the IP Switch (both the single outlet and dual outlet versions) and Pepwave Max BR1 Mini are perennial favorites and have appeared on our “best of” lists for years. Others, like the Pepwave Max Transit and Panorama WMMxG antennas are new to the list this year.
Congratulations to all of the manufacturers of our 2020 top products!
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Allows you to remotely monitor and reboot your equipment via smartphone app or the cloud
“The EZ-62b IP auto-switch is a great little piece of hardware. It seems to work better than a previous model, the EZ-22b which was a little hit and miss. I’ve tested the EZ-62b extensively and for the money, I’m really impressed.”
“Does exactly what it’s supposed to. If only they could help with my kids!”
Allows you to remotely monitor and reboot up to two pieces of equipment via smartphone apporcloud
“It’s important to me to have my router power cycle while I’m away from home for extended periods of time. The Remote Power Switch provides the ability to set specific power cycle schedules to fit my request. It’s convenient to program the switch remotely via software.”
“This will save me alot of travel time having to reset everything.” read more reviews
Easy-to-use, feature-rich 3G/4G router for home and travel
“A solid business class router for a great price offering solid top notch software firmware”
“We are full timers in our motorhome and when we change from one place to another we have to reconnect all of our TV’s, printer, computers and several other items to the new WiFi. Now they are all connected to this router and we only have to connect the SURF which in turn makes everything else work.” read more reviews
Vehicle routers with 1 or 2 embedded modems (Cat 4, 6, 12, or 18) for failover or bonding
“If you’re serious about using cellular wifi and other WAN sources including WIFI as WAN, this is the device you need. With Primecare, you can use Speedfusion to bond your WANs for incredible bandwidth and reliability.” read more Transit and Duo reviews
“Excellent product which I purchased as an upgrade to my NetGear LB1120 for home Internet connectivity. All I can say is that I am extremely impressed with all the networking options available.” read more Transit Mini reviews
Powerful wall-mount antennas for 2×2 or 4×4 cellular/5G
“I am currently using this antenna in combination with a Pepwave MAX Transit Router With Cat 18 LTE Modem in my home office. I mounted the antenna to a pole outside, pointed it towards the correct cell tower and BAM!!! DL speed 90-96 Mbs, UL speed 45-50 Mbs. Very pleased!”
“This antenna provided 12 dB of improvement for my application. Yeah the antenna is only good for 9 dB gain, the rest must have come from raising it higher on the building to shoot over some trees. I’m very happy with the results, downloads of 40Mbit now (compared to 20Mbit before).” read more reviews
“Top-notch ultra-low power consumption product — the perfect replacement for the trusty Sierra Raven XE I’ve been using in my remote solar-powered surveillance system for the last 7 years. Bought this new Sierra model to upgrade the system from 3G to 4G.”
T-Mobile and The Drone Racing League, the global, professional drone racing property, announced a broad-reaching partnership to advance 5G-powered drone technology. As part of the multi-year deal, T-Mobile has made an investment in Drone Racing League with the company’s T-Mobile Ventures fund, T-Mobile has signed on as the league’s exclusive U.S. 5G Wireless partner. Together, Cellular carrier T-Mobile and Drone Racing League will innovate 5G racing drone technology to create the first integrated 5G racing drones, with the aim of authentically building them into the sport. Drone Racing League will develop first of its kind, custom racing drones powered by T-Mobile 5G during the 2021 Drone Racing League World Championship.
At the virtual Oppenheimer 5G Summit this week, T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray discussed the present and future of 5G. T-Mobile has made a big push to promote their “nationwide 5G” coverage, which Ray described as coverage in about 1.4 million square miles, a major difference between Verizon’s 400,000 square miles of 5G coverage and AT&T’s purported 600,000.
“Just between us and Verizon today, that’s a million square miles of coverage differential, so if you think about 5G coverage, the leadership … advantage that we put in place, it’s game on. Verizon has a lot of work ahead of them to catch us. And of course… I love that, because I chased that Verizon coverage map for much of my career.”
T-Mobile’s strategy of having 5G spectrum in low, mid and high bands has given them a distinct advantage over other carriers, allowing them to deliver on both speed and coverage. As Ray explained though, while the speeds on T-Mobile’s Extended Range low-band layer can be more than double the average LTE speeds, T-Mobile wants to improve on that by rolling out carrier aggregation in early 2021. This feature will aggregate T-Mobile’s low-band and mid-band layers together for improved speeds.
That technology will also help T-Mobile work towards offering voice over 5G, or VoNR, i.e. the ability to make voice calls over the 5G network. “we’re working really hard with our vendors,” said Ray. “We have voice on LTE. Why wouldn’t we have a solution on 5G that can offer voice services? We’ll probably be the first company that drives that.”
The rise of the 5G service rejuvenated the mobile phone industry, setting the stage for a big 2020. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. The world, and phone sales, halted. Then in the middle of a global crisis, phone sales bounced back.
As the virus was contained, and Asia opened back up, millions of customers in places like China scooped up new 5G phones. Handset makers held virtual events and introduced a wave of 5G phones, and carriers rolled out their networks. 5G sales in 2020 ended up being nearly as strong as expected before the pandemic even began, partly thanks to Apple and the introduction of a full lineup of 5G iPhone 12 models.
2020 was supposed to be the year 5G went mainstream, of consumers seeking out the technology. But early speeds were a little underwhelming, so it could be 2021 is when 5G will actually be noticeably different for the 5G networks.
A Samsung store employee recently confirmed the Galaxy S21 launch date and several other details. Now another leak authenticates the planned colors and reveals more information including the storage options. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 will offer 128GB of base storage.
It remains to be seen how much RAM is going to be included inside each model its rumored to be 8GB of RAM for the Galaxy S21 and S21+, and 12GB for the S21 Ultra. The storage options mentioned above will presumably apply to the whole of Europe, not just Germany, and the United States also.