Will 4G phones work on the 5G network?
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With the much-anticipated rollout of fifth generation (5G) wireless network technology, consumers are excited about the unique benefits of 5G and how it will improve their daily lives.However, some people also have questions and concerns about challenges they may face: Will 4G phones work on 5G networks? When will 5G be available? In this article, we will answer these questions and explain how the onset of 5G will affect existing 4G networks.
What is 5G and when will 5G be available?
In 2019, there were approximately 10 million 5G connections in the world. By 2023, that number is expected to increase exponentially with 1.01 billion worldwide 5G connections. When it comes to advantages, the adoption of Next-generation 5G technology is expected to:
- Provide ultra-fast, fiber optic network speeds that peak at 20 gigabits per second (Gbps), which means HD movies can be downloaded in seconds
- Reduce latency or lag time on cellular devices and cuts response time from 100s of milliseconds down to a few, increasing real-time data transfer
- Simultaneously connect more smart devices, supporting one million devices per .38 square miles compared to just 2,000 devices with 4G
With all the enthusiasm surrounding 5G, people want to know whether they need to purchase a new phone to keep up in the new 5G world. Some may even wonder, Is there a 5G cell phone? If you’re thinking about buying a 5G device, we can help you make an informed decision.
Will 5G work on 4G phones or do I need to buy a new phone?
Although wireless carriers are in the process of rolling out 5G in the U.S., that doesn’t mean you need to purchase a new 5G phone immediately. The process of providing nationwide coverage will take time. In fact, the CEO of Verizon offered two predictions to help you gain a better understanding of the time frame:
- About half of the U.S. will be 5G accessible by the end of 2020
- Only half of Americans will have 5G phones or devices by 2024
Keep in mind that just because 5G networks are growing, 4G isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, mobile carriers will use existing 4G LTE networks to provide their customers cell service well into 2030. Rather than replace 4G, 5G networks are being built to work with 4G networks. This means 5G capable cell phones will still use 4G technology, making it difficult to answer the question, When will 4G be phased out?
Which carriers offer 5G cell phone service?
Each of the four major carriers has launched their 5G network, but coverage areas are still minimal relative to the size of the entire nation. They offer coverage in some locations of select U.S. cities, leaving most Americans still waiting for access to 5G. Let’s look at each of the four major carriers and their current network areas:
- Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is live in some sections of 34 cities in the U.S. To see if there is 5G coverage in your location, view the Verizon coverage map.
- T-Mobile plans to bring coverage to 200 million Americans this year. You can view the T-Mobile coverage map for up-to-date 5G and 4G LTE areas.
- Sprint True Mobile 5G is currently available in select areas of just nine U.S. cities. View the Sprint coverage map to see if coverage is available in your area.
- AT&T’s 5G coverage is limited to 10 major U.S. cities as of February 2020. For specific locations, they provide AT&T coverage maps for each city.
Although these carriers only have functioning 5G in a limited number of cities, they continue to build their networks and plan to launch 5G in more locations throughout 2020 and beyond.
Are there any 5G cell phones?
Although many consumers are probably eager to experience 5G cell phone speed, there aren’t that many 5G phones on the market yet. The following is a comprehensive list of the 5G devices that are currently available in the U.S. for purchase or pre-order:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G – T-Mobile, AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G – T-Mobile, AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – T-Mobile, AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G – T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – Verizon
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G – Sprint
- OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren – T-Mobile
- Motorola moto z4 – Verizon
- LG V50 ThinQ™ 5G – Verizon, Sprint
With the expansion of 5G networks, the list above is expected to grow in the months ahead. Several companies have announced the development of 5G phones with launches expected in 2020, including Apple, Sony, Vivo, and Nokia.
Will a 5G cell phone fix weak cell signal problems?
Although innovative 5G network technology promises super-fast data speeds and improved cellular connectivity, signal blockers can still cause lagging speeds and poor cell signal. Several obstacles will continue to interrupt your signal in a 5G world, including:
- Materials used in the construction of your home or office building can block signal, including concrete, steel, brick, energy-efficient glass, and foam insulation.
- Physical barriers – tall buildings and trees, mountains, and dense forests – reduce the relative strength of your cell signal if they’re located between you and cell towers.
- Heavy snow, rain, fog, and other weather conditions can weaken cell reception, disrupt data speeds, and cause an increase in dropped calls.
You may also experience poor cell signal if you are in remote or rural areas far away from a cell tower. If you aren’t familiar with the location of nearby 4G and 5G cell phone towers, resources are available to help you find the nearest cell tower.
Fortunately, you don’t need 5G cell phone service to get better reception. We have a solution that will improve your cellular connectivity immediately – a WilsonPro cellular amplifier.
What is a cellular amplifier?
A cellular amplifier, or cell phone signal booster, improves cell reception in buildings, vehicles, and homes. Powerful antennas collect and amplify signal from cell towers and then broadcast the enhanced signal within range of your mobile phone. A booster system is comprised of the following three components:
- An outside antenna pulls a signal from a cell tower into a vehicle or building.
- An amplifier boosts the signal being received by the outside antenna.
- An inside antenna broadcasts the boosted signal for immediate use by cell phones and other cellular devices.
Your smartphone, tablet, and other cellular-enabled devices stay connected with WilsonPro’s technology – even in areas where signal is otherwise weak or obstructed.
Why do customers choose WilsonPro cellular amplifiers?
WilsonPro is a leader in wireless technology innovation. In fact, we recently announced the release of our first 5G cell phone booster. Customers choose our products for several reasons:
- We’re 5G ready. Our products will continue to enhance cell signals for all phones and cellular-connected devices, on all U.S. carrier networks, for the next decade and beyond.
- Our devices are FCC-certified, which means they meet the highest quality standards and comply with federal regulations.
- Installation by certified professional installers.
With a WilsonPro cell signal amplifier, you get security and peace of mind, knowing that you’ll stay connected in your building, even in remote or rural areas where signal is poor.
How to Get Started Today
You don’t have to wait for 5G coverage to reach your city or buy a new phone to enjoy reliable cellular connectivity indoors. You can get faster data speeds and fewer dropped calls today with a WilsonPro cellular signal amplifier.
We offer customized solutions to fit the needs of all businesses in every industry imaginable. If you’d like to learn more about our solutions, contact us today.