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Will My 4G Phone Become Obsolete When The 5G Network Is Rolled Out?

Apr 30, 2020

Will My 4G Phone Become Obsolete When The 5G Network Is Rolled Out?

We have heard so much hype over the past few years about 5G and the amazing gigabyte speeds and lower latency that will allow us to download a full-length movie in just seconds. However, things have changed and now 5G is not just a story - it is becoming a reality. In 2019, all four major carriers in United States rolled out their version of 5G. Today, users can buy 5G phones that can access faster speeds on those specific networks. And even though many people still do not really understand what 5G is all about, most consumers are looking forward to experiencing unique benefits of 5G. It will greatly affect their daily lives.

Part of the confusion about 5G is the fact that many questions have not been adequately answered about this new fifth generation wireless networking technology. And of course, 5G still has not realized its full potential in most areas, so users are wondering when 5G will be available to them and whether their 4G phones will work on a 5G network.

In this post we will try to answer some of these more common questions, including how the arrival of 5G will affect existing 4G networks.

What is 5G?

5G is the shortened term for the fifth generation of wireless communication standards. We started with 2G, which were the standards that governed wireless telephone calls. At that time there was no mobile web. We then moved to 3G, which allowed users to use their smart phone to surf Internet. With amazing speeds of 4G, video streaming was enabled, supporting a wide variety of apps that required reliable, sustainable connectivity. And now we are moving to 5G, with its low latency and superfast speeds.

When will 5G be available?

5G is already here, however many people can't access it at the moment. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon have all launched their 5G networks. However, one of the problems is that there're only a small number of 5G-compatible smart phones available for purchase on the market today. This number is growing as we speak. Unfortunately, many Americans who own iPhones think they already have 5G. But that is because 47% of ATT subscribers are under the assumption that their device is 5G-capable. The truth is that AT&T's 5G Evolution doesn't come close to hitting the speeds expected from 5G.

Last year, in 2019, 10 million 5G connections were made worldwide. It is expected that by the year 2023, this number will increase exponentially to around 1.01 billion 5G connections worldwide.

It is anticipated that adoption of 5G technology will deliver the following advantages:

  • More smart devices will be able to simultaneously connect. 5G will support 1 million devices per .38 mi², whereas with 4G only 2000 devices are supported.
  • There will be reduced lag time, or latency, on cellular devices. Response time will be cut which will increase real-time data transfer.
  • 5G technology will deliver super-fast, fiber optic network speeds peaking at 20 GB per second. This is why we are being told we will be able to download a HD movie in just seconds.

The big question.

Most people simply want to know whether they will be required to purchase a new phone to access 5G technology. See below for our advice.

Do I need to purchase a new smartphone or will 5G work on a 4G phone?

Don't rush out and buy a new 5G phone right now. It is true that wireless carriers are currently rolling out 5G in USA. Their ultimate goal is of providing nationwide coverage. But this process is going to take time. According to the CEO of Verizon, by the end of 2020 approx. half of U.S.A. will have access to 5G. By the year 2024, only half of Americans will actually own a 5G phone or other devices.

The thing to remember is that 4G will not be going away anytime soon, regardless of how fast the 5G network grows. The plan is for existing 4G LTE networks to be used by carriers well into 2030. 5G networks are not being designed to replace 4G, rather they are designed to work in conjunction with 4G networks. Therefore, no one really knows when 4G will be phased out because cell phones that are 5G-capable will still be using 4G technology for quite some time to come.

Which carriers in US are offering 5G cell phone service?

All four of the major carriers in US of A - Verizon, Sprint, AT-T and T-Mobile have launched their 5G network. But there're still very minimal coverage areas. Certain locations in certain cities have coverage, but the majority of Americans are not able to access 5G at the moment. Let us take a closer look at each of these four carriers and the areas they are currently covering:

  • Verizon 5G Ultra-Wideband has coverage in specific locations in 34 US cities. Take a look at the Verizon coverage map at its website to determine if there is 5G coverage in your area.
  • Sprint True Mobile 5G has coverage in certain areas in 9 US cities. Take a look at the Sprint coverage map at its website to determine if there is 5G coverage in your area.
  • As of February 2020, AT&T's 5G coverage is limited to 10 major cities in the US. It has provided maps at its website to highlight specific AT&T coverage locations in each city.
  • T-Mobile estimates it will be able to provide coverage for 200 million Americans in 2020. Check the T-Mobile coverage map at its website for up-to-date 4G LTE and 5G areas.

While these four carriers have functioning 5G in just a few US cities, their networks are still expanding and all plan on launching 5G in many more locations throughout the coming year.

Are there any 5G cell phones available for purchase today?

Of course we're all very excited about experiencing the low latency and amazing speeds of 5G technology. But the truth is that there are very few 5G phones available on the market today. Check our list below for 5G devices that are now available in USA, whether for purchase or pre-order. Note that, as the 5G network expands, this list will continue to grow. Companies like Sony, Apple, Nokia, and Vivo have all announced the development of 5G phones, with anticipated launches sometime in 2020.

  • LG V50 ThinQ 5G - Verizon, Sprint.
  • Motorola Moto Z4 - Verizon.
  • OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren - T-Mobile.
  • One Plus 7 Pro 5G - Sprint.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G - T-Mobile, Verizon, ATT.
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G - Verizon.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G - T-Mobile, ATT.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G - T-Mobile, ATT.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G - T-Mobile, ATT.

Does 5G technology automatically resolve weak cellular signal problems?

While it is true that 5G technology will deliver improved cellular connectivity and superfast data speeds, signal blockers can (and will) still affect the speed and quality of cell signal. Even in a 5G world, there are several obstacles that can interrupt your cellular signal. These include:

  • The materials used in the construction of your office building or home are renowned for blocking signal. These include energy-efficient glass, brick, steel, concrete, and foam insulation.
  • Severe or turbulent weather like fog, rain, strong winds and heavy snow can weaken cell signal, cause an increase in dropped or missed calls, and disrupt data speeds.
  • Physical barriers like mountains, tall buildings, dense forest, trees and so on can all reduce the strength and availability of signal if they are positioned between you and cell towers.
  • If you're located away from cell towers in a remote or rural area, you will probably experience poor or unreliable cellular signal. There are many online resources to help you find the location of your nearest 4G and 5G cell phone tower.

At SignalBooster.com we have the answer to all these problems.

The good news is that, if you suffer from poor reception, you don't need 5G cellular phone service. SignalBooster.com has the perfect and immediate solution for improving your cellular connectivity - a cell phone signal booster.

What is a cell phone signal booster?

Also known as a cellular signal amplifier, it dramatically improves mobile reception in homes, offices and other buildings, and vehicles. External wireless signal is captured and amplified by powerful antennas, then broadcast within range of your smart phones and other devices. There're three components to a cellular amplifier:

  • Outside Antenna: This is an external antenna that accesses a cell signal from a cell tower and pulls it into your building or vehicle.
  • Amplifier: While its an external antenna that delivers the signal to the signal amplifier, it is this amplifier that boosts the signal.
  • Inside Antenna: Inside antenna takes the boosted cell signal and broadcasts it to your cell phones and other cellular devices.

Thanks to innovative technology, all your cellular devices can stay connected, including in remote or rural areas where there may be obstructed or weak signal.

Why are our cellular amplifiers the best choice?

When it comes to innovative wireless technology, SignalBooster.com is renowned as a market leader. In fact, we just recently announced the first 5G cell phone signal booster. But that is not the only reason - SignalBooster.com is a world market leader for many reasons, including:

  • The signal boosters we carry are 5G ready. For the next decade and beyond, our extensive and growing range of products will continue enhancing cellular signals for all cellular connected devices on all major carrier networks in U. S. A.
  • All devices we carry are fully FCC-Approved, meaning they comply with Federal regulations and meet the highest quality standards.

You will have security and peace of mind when you install a cell phone amplifier from SignalBooster.com, knowing that you and all the people in your building or vehicle have the ability to stay connected, even in rural or remote areas with poor or limited signal.

There’s no reason to wait for 5G Coverage.

You can enjoy strong and reliable cellular connectivity right now. You don't need to buy a new phone or wait for 5G coverage to reach your area. Imagine having strong, reliable cellular signal and being able to access faster data speeds today. All you need is buy a cellular repeater from SignalBooster.com.

Contact us today and we will be happy to provide a customized solution to suit your specific requirements. Regardless of the business or industry you're in and regardless of the size of your building, we can help. We're ready to take your call today, so why not let us help you resolve your connectivity issues? Together we can determine the best solution for your building or vehicle.

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  • I wouldn’t worry about 5G taking over, not only because of what’s mentioned here but other reasons. From what I’ve seen, there are still some bugs to get rid of and the way people are burning down 5G towers, it might not go into full effect for much longer than expected.

    Glenn Firestone on
  • 5G sounds good, but there’s so much we don’t know about it. I want to wait at least a year before I consider buying one. Just too many health issues to consider right now and the questions about how well it works. Why spend so much money if you’re going to have buyer’s remorse?

    Burt Hunter on
  • With people complaining about 5G causing COVID-19 (which I’ve seen no evidence to support), I wonder if sales for 5G phones will take a hit? As you mention, 5G has a long way to go and I’d rather get a booster for my current phone than try 5G when it’s still in development (at least I think) and hasn’t been perfected.

    Mason R. on
  • Thanks, brother. There are so many different stories about 5G out there it’s hard to know what’s the real deal. I’m very happy with my 4G phone and think it’ll be a while before I get a 5G phone. Money is tight and I can wait.

    TJ Louis on

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