Will My 4G Phone Work with This Newest Cell Phone Technology?
As mentioned before, it will be a few years before 5G will spread to the majority of areas in the United States and the world. I hope you remember that the same thing was true when we were making the change from 3G to 4G, so similar adjustments and rollouts will take place this time too. Maybe even moreso, but let’s leave the problems of implementing and spreading the service to the tech gurus in all the companies with a stake in the game.
It might be that you are concerned about what to do if you find yourself in an area that already has this newest cell phone technology while you still have a 4G phone. Let’s say you are traveling from a 4G area to do business or visit friends or family and they are in a 5G area. What happens? Will you still be able to use your phone?
The short answer is yes, you will still be able to connect using your 4G phone. In fact, due to the increased bandwidth spectrum involved, you will probably notice that your 4G phone is working even better than it was in your 4G area. And keep in mind that 4G itself keeps improving while 5G is developing and spreading. This makes the relationship between 3G and 4G different than the relationship between 4G and 5G.
The “G” in 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G refers to “Generation”. Each “G” is the next improvement level (generation) in cell phone efficiency and capability. Each “G” also has a “generation” span of about 10 years. I will not even go into 2G since by today’s standards it is archaic – kind of like talking about dialup internet versus high speed modems.
So, What’s the Diff?
3G was slowwwww compared to 4G and the two systems were not compatible with each other. The bandwidths used by 3G fall within 15-20 MHz. 4G’s bandwidth is within 700-900 MHz. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is actually an adaptation of 3G and is not true 4G. Its bandwidth is anywhere from 1.4 to 20 MHz. Nonetheless, you will often hear of LTE being referred to as “4G LTE”. It is not true 4G.
5G’s bandwidth is from 600 MHz to 6 GIGAHERTZ! This is due to 5G’s use of millimeter (very short) waves instead of centimeter waves. In terms of speed alone, it is up to 100 times faster than 4G. So 5G, with its tremendously superior spectrum of bandwidth will still be able to handle 4G while giving a tremendous boost to the speeds and operation of 5G capable devices.
What this means is that not only will your 4G device work in a 5G area, it will work even better due to the increased spectrum available. It is like the comparison between driving down a 4 lane highway (4G) versus driving down a 12 lane interstate. Lots more room for your cell phone signal to speed on its merry way without slowdowns or interruptions.
So there is no need to be concerned about having a 4G cell phone in an area where the newest cell phone technology, 5G, is being used. HOWEVER – keep in mind that the times, they are a-changin’ and with the huge advance this new generation is giving all sorts of devices, you can’t afford to be complacent or slow to change. You do have time to make a good, informed choice regarding your phone and your service provider. Just don’t put it off too long if you want to benefit from the superior features of 5G. Click here to see 5G cell phones that may be available to you right now!