The next smartphone should be able to do 5G

dateThursday, September 10th, 2020

The next 5G cellular standard is about to begin. The first devices are already supporting it. But not everyone is there yet.

Apple is taking its time. As recently as last fall, many experts expected Apple to bring a smartphone with 5G technology to the market with the iPhone Pro 11. Now rumors are growing that 5G will make it to the next iPhone generation at the end of the year. So the Tec group is relatively late. Manufacturers such as Samsung, Huawei or Xiaomi are already a step ahead and offer models with the new 5G cellular standard. If you want, you can secure a new phone with a contract from the telecommunications giants.

5G included with new rates
The cell phone rates have not changed any further due to the new standard. Depending on the data volume, they are between 25 and 100 euros for the major providers. That depends on the data volume. If you want to surf unlimited, you have to dig deep into your pocket. The tariffs are then a good 90 euros. On the other hand, those who are satisfied with 6 GB still have to pay just under 39 euros per month. That means Germany remains very expensive. For comparison: A tariff with the French provider Orange is 27 euros per month for 10 GB and unlimited telephony, although VAT is higher in France.

Big cities are already well equipped with 5G

Regardless of the price – if 5G is already available, then it is allowed to be used. There is no surcharge for this. But the mobile communications standard does not yet exist across the board. If you take a look at the maps for the network construction, it is noticeable that although the large cities already have 5G, there is not much in the country or outside the urban intersections. However, as long as real-time data does not have to be called up quickly and in large quantities, this should not be a problem. The new smartphones are all backwards compatible, which means that if 5G is not available, the device will fall back on the next standard below. In this case it should be LTE. So if you feel like it and want to test the next cellular standard, you should switch, unless your preferred brand does not yet offer 5G. Then you have to wait, as in the case of Apple.

Written by Ralf Johanning

Ralf Johanning studied political science and works as a freelance journalist. For over ten years now he reports on the transportation and logistics industry. The priorities include topics such as telematics, software and ICT. In 2006 the trained editor, Head and Press Officer founded the editorial office Old School with his partner Ann-Christin Wimber.



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