Thanks, Qualcomm: Mandatory 5G means phones now ship with disabled 5G modems [telecom]

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Pay for a 5G modem you can never use, thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 design.

By Ron Amadeo

It's Qualcomm's world, and we're all just living in it.

Phones are starting to trickle onto the market with Qualcomm's new
Snapdragon 865 SoC, and the company's unchecked monopoly power over
the mobile industry is really coming to a head with this new
chip. Qualcomm is forcing 5G on everyone with the Snapdragon 865,
increasing the size, cost, and complexity of smartphones, even if the
world's 5G networks are not ready yet. This week, we're seeing an
absurd new wrinkle in the Mandatory 5G Saga: manufacturers are
sticking to Qualcomm rules and shipping its 5G modems, but they are
also disabling them because 5G just doesn't work in some markets.

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