5 (More) 5G Basics

February 15, 2021
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Recently, we discussed Verizon’s new 5G Nationwide and Ultra Wideband services, and answered a few questions about 5G basics. If you’re still not sure what 5G is and how it can affect the way you work, watch, and live wirelessly, don’t worry. You’re not the only one. In this post, we’ll answer five more questions that may help you decide if it’s the right fit for your needs.

1. What 5G means

As mobile telecommunications evolve, leaps forward in capability are categorized as a new generation. 5G is just shorthand for the 5th generation of this technology. Each generation has given us something new:

  • 1G: analog, voice-only calls
  • 2G: picture messaging, SMS, MMS, and text and call encryption
  • 3G: video calling and mobile internet

For the past decade, 4G/4G LTE has been the standard, at 500 times faster than the previous generation. But in comparison, 5G is a massive advancement in both performance and capability.

2. The top benefits of 5G

This new wireless technology provides a more seamless and powerful experience than what past generations could provide. This encompasses a number of improvements, but the 5G basics include:

  • Faster speeds
    Download your music and favorite high def Disney+ movies in the blink of an eye. Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and Ultra Wideband networks offer peak download speeds of 4+ Gbps and upload speeds of 200+ Mbps.
  • Lower latency
    Network latency refers to the time it takes data to travel from one point to another. 5G’s low latency means less lag and better response time. This creates a much smoother experience for working, streaming, surfing, and gaming.
  • Higher network capacity
    More people will be able to connect in one place without overloading or slowing the network. That means whether you’re at the library or in disguise at a Nickelback reunion concert, your service still works perfectly.

3. Not all 5G networks are created equal

Sure, lots of providers use the term “5G,” but remember that not all providers are the same. Verizon has built their network specifically to handle the increased processing and access demands of 5G.

5G Nationwide and Ultra Wideband services also work alongside 4G without any loss of quality or performance. So if you’re on a plan that doesn’t include a 5G device or service (yet), you’ll still have access to the provider’s enormous 4G and 4G LTE network.

4. You’ll eventually need a 5G device

Whether you need a 5G smartphone or tablet really depends on your habits. If you’re a data-heavy user who loves live online gaming or streaming every episode of “UFO Witness” on discovery+, then a 5G phone or tablet will come in handy. While your current device and plan may work well for you or your children now, you’ll eventually want to upgrade so that you have access to the latest features and cutting-edge specs for your working, entertainment, and day-to-day wireless needs.

5. How to be 5G-ready

As coverage has expanded to more cities, more customers have made the switch. Now that you’ve got some of the 5G basics, it might be time for you to join them. Besides purchasing or trading up to a new 5G smartphone or tablet, be sure that your wireless plan is compatible. Not all plans will give you access to 5G bands even with a newer device. If you aren’t sure, reach out to customer support to find out if you need to switch or upgrade.

Visit your local Cellular Sales store today to shop our 5G products. Our team members will be happy to help you find the right device with the right features, tools, and data plan to ensure your digital experience is exactly what you need.