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My cell phone provider has recently offered me 5G. However, my smartphone, which is not that old, only supports 4G. I wouldn’t want to replace it for a year at the earliest. Is an early switch to new hardware worthwhile for 5G?

The benefit that 5G has for mobile customers is currently small. Since 5G still requires a 4G anchor network (NSA, Non Standalone), coverage does not improve. And even if 5G standalone, i.e. without the necessary support from 4G, could soon be standard in the network, the mobile network operators will expand their locations consistently for 4G and 5G. Many frequency ranges are operated together for 4G and 5G via DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), in such radio cells you do not even have a faster connection with 5G. You have a small advantage in metropolitan areas, where 5G transmits on an additional, separate frequency range. Then you can achieve higher speeds downstream.

There is another reason you should wait: if you won’t buy your new smartphone for a year or two, it will be equipped with the latest 5G technology, so it can probably use 5G standalone and thus achieve noticeably lower latencies in radio cells that are equipped accordingly. Only a few models currently master this technology and they are more likely to be found in the upper class. Future devices will also be able to handle particularly fast data transmission in the mmWave bands beyond 6 GHz, which is also worth waiting for.

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