Can your smartphone come with the 'new' 5G?

Can your smartphone come with the 'new' 5G?Can your smartphone come with the 'new' 5G?

T-Mobile's mid-band can offer 5G speeds, which is high-speed home broadband.

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If you bought a 5G smartphone a year or two ago, you plan to move fast and achieve fast, super-sweet speeds. I have bad news for you: by the end of this year, the curve may be beyond you.

Because the next iteration of 5G will be the new frequency encyclopedias in late 2021 and early 2022, which is not a feature of older 5G phones. They use a radio spectrum called the C-band and how valuable it is: At a recent Federal Communications Commission auction for licenses on that spectrum, cellular carriers were worth more than $ 81 billion. Cost.

This is a big deal as it fills in the gaps in its 5G service offerings for both ATG and Verizon.

5G option

Both carriers call their 5G parties high-frequency flavor millimeter wave or mimwave. It is a variant of 5G, which offers the greatest speed you can hear in all promotions, with download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

But those signs can’t go very far and can’t go through concrete objects, including buildings and curtains. In most cases, mmWave is restricted to stadiums, parks, airports, etc. - where people congregate - in some cities, such as Houston, Atlanta and Chicago, Verizon is expanding it to neighborhoods.

Both AT&T and Verizon have launched a 5G service that operates at the same low-frequency encyclopedias as existing, older LTE networks that can travel longer distances and enter buildings. In fact, those who operate the "nationwide" 5G service by sharing the so-called frequency encies virtues of 4G LTE. Owners of 5G-enabled phones can access them, usually at no extra charge. However, those networks do not perform better than LTE and in some cases may be slower. Carriers say it would be better to transfer more resources from LTE to 5G at shared frequencies.

C-band frequency encies tend to be farther away than mmwave and better absorbed by solid objects, but have no lower frequency .perfo range or penetrating capacity. The C-band speeds up to 1-Gbps, which is a boon for both AT&T and Verizon.

FCC's C-band auction results show Verizon (Celco Partnership) winning the highest ... [+] licenses. FCC

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Meanwhile, the competitor T-Mobile has a 5G offering that includes three "layers" of 5G: a few MMwave, low-frequency spectrum and a good chunk of the mid-band frequency obtained with the Sprint purchase. They are not C-band frequency encies, but they are in the same ballpark in terms of speed. T-Mobile's mid-band 5G is active in Houston, where I live, and I saw download speeds in the 200–300 Mbps range using my iPhone 12 Pro Max.

A lot of money

At the FCC auction, which ended in January, Verizon spent $ 44 billion and AT&T $ 23 billion on C&B licenses. They will start using this service later this year and early next year, but will lose those who started 5G. (T-Mobile has spent over $ 9 billion to obtain a small number of C-band licenses to fill some of the regional gaps in its mid-band holdings.)

Because right now, the two smartphone lines that can work with C-band spectrum are Apple's iPhone 12 lineup and the Samsung Galaxy 2121 family. Last month, the FCC allowed two older phones, Google's Pixel 5 and LG's Rotating-Screen Wing, to access the C-band frequency to receive software upgrades.

It will cost another $ 300, including the Samsung budget A32. Verizon executives expect to have more than 20 different C-band phones on their networks by the end of 2021 this week.

If you've been in the smartphone market this year, check to see if it supports the C - band service on your list. Fortunately, if you buy the iPhone 12 or brand-name Android phone that was introduced this year, it seems easy to snap one.

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ALSO READ: Forbes contributor Anshel Sag gives a detailed description of 5G status in the United States.

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