What is 5G? What is my benefit from 5G?
In short, 5G is the next generation technology standard for cellular networks, to follow after 4G and 3G. Like any new technology, it improves on the previous one – in this case providing higher speeds of mobile data transferring, and better reliability. Downloading games or streaming movies on your phone via 5G will be many times faster than over 4G.
All you need to know about 5G, a summarized list:
- Will my 4G smartphone support 5G?
- Is 4G going away? Should I upgrade to 5G now?
- How do I know if my smartphone has 5G support?
- What exactly is my benefit from 5G?
- What is our collective society's benefit from 5G?
- Is 5G dangerous or is it safe? How does 5G work?
- Does my mobile carrier support 5G?
- Is 5G available in my city?
- Which 5G phones are coming out next?
Will my 4G smartphone support 5G?
Is 4G going away? Should I upgrade to 5G now?
The 4G cellular network technology isn't going to be phased out anytime soon, and is likely to be available for at least another decade. Even today, 3G, which was introduced to consumer cellular phones all the way back in the early 2000's is still widely available. Rest assured that you're not in any rush to upgrade your smartphone and your mobile data standard to 5G.
How do I know if my smartphone has 5G support?
Use our phone specs tool to search for your phone, and on its page, under the "Cellular" category you'll find 5G information if the phone supports it.
What exactly is my benefit from 5G?
5G will allow for much faster mobile download speeds and thus lower streaming latency than 4G. It will be especially useful for streaming higher quality video and cloud gaming. Even the artificial intelligence on your phone will benefit from 5G.
What is our collective society's benefit from 5G?
In addition to the previously-mentioned benefits, 5G will positively impact most public and private sectors. Everything, from city infrastructures to individual municipalities will have the potential to be more efficient.
Is 5G dangerous or is it safe? How does 5G work?
As with most new technologies, there have been rumors and conspiracies about 5G, so it's understandable wanting to get informed on the subject. We have an article explaining in great detail how 5G operates on the technical level, and whether it is dangerous or not. In short, there is no reason to believe that 5G networks in themselves are going to be dangerous.
Does my mobile carrier support 5G?
In the United States, all four major mobile carriers support 5G in some way – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. 5G is also available in over 40 countries around the world, with many more to follow suit later in 2020 and next year. See the links below for full information on each US carrier's coverage.
Is 5G available in my city?
It's likely that 5G has already been deployed in your city, as the technology has been rolling into most countries and major cities around the world since 2019. However, speeds may vary significantly between cities and carriers at this time, depending on how 5G was implemented.
To see which areas your mobile carrier of choice is covering right now, refer to their respective 5G coverage pages:
Which 5G phones are coming out next?
To learn about upcoming 5G smartphones, see our section dedicated to 5G news, 5G smartphones and 5G phone reviews. There you will find everything 5G, from related news to speed tests, along with upcoming and already-reviewed 5G phones.