Don't Buy a 5G Phone Yet [telecom]

Your phone company is going to start bombarding you with ads for 5G phones soon, but you should ignore them - at least for now.

By Ryan Whitwam

Wireless carriers will begin bombarding you with ads in the coming months, telling you about how great their new 5G networks will be. And they might be great someday, but for now it's just marketing fluff. Carriers will happily sell you an expensive 5G phone in 2019, but you shouldn't take them up on that.

There's a lot of confusion over what 5G is and what it can do, and AT&T isn't helping when it rebrands its sluggish 4G as "5G E." Real 5G technology requires new mobile networks and new phones. It took a couple of years before the 4G LTE technology in your current phone offered a better experience than 3G, and the move to 5G will take even longer.

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