TECH BYTE: The Benefits of 5G
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — We’ve heard a lot about 5G network coverage, but what exactly is it? And what’s so great about it?
Smartphone users have a lot to look forward to.
Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says 5G gives you the speed to do anything you want.
“5G Internet is actually going to be about 10 times faster than the current 4G that the majority of people are using,” Roach said. “It’s going to be a huge advantage. It allows for a really seamless transfer of data, and it’s going to make really just a much, much quicker, easier user experience on the end.”
Roach says it’ll be a huge benefit once it’s everywhere.
“If your Internet at home was 10 times faster, would it make a difference for you? Absolutely it would,” he said. “You think about the speed of not only being able to communicate with friends, family, relatives, and especially if they’re overseas, 5G enables really that instantaneous communication that really allows things to go flawlessly.”
It’s not in many cities right now, but that will change.
“5G is ever evolving, so they’re always adding more towers. It’s a rollout. They start obviously with major metropolitan cities, and then roll out from there to highways and other areas, but you’re going to see every day you have 5G towers going up, so every day it’s an improvement over yesterday.”
As 5G coverage continues to expand over the next few months, Roach expects it to be just about everywhere within a year.
So how do you prepare for it now if you’re in the market for a new phone?
You want the right tech that’s compatible. Especially if you’re spending a lot of money.
“So when you’re looking at a new cell phone, whether it be an Apple, Samsung, anything like that, make sure that you’re looking at the 5G technology,” Roach said. “Not only will you be able to take some advantage of it now, it really sets you up in the future when the technology is really fully in place to be able to take advantage of it, so I think it’s a great thing to go ahead and do, and it prevents you from being behind when everything’s fully rolled out.”
Roach says all new iPhones are fully 5G, but with some unlocked phones, you’ll still see 4G capabilities.
“If you get a 5G phone, it is backwards compatible with all of the other carriers, so you’re not losing anything, you’re really just making sure that you are set up for the future,” he said.
Even though 5G technology isn’t widespread just yet, Apple is already working on 6G tech!
We likely won’t see that though for about another 10 years.