Today, cell phone users in the United States in large numbers wonder how 5G connectivity will impact their use of mobile devices. A lot of speculation has surrounded the advent of this new technology. Yet in some respects, the advent of 5G likely won’t produce an immediate change in cell phone repair services. This brief article offers a quick FAQ about this topic.

Q. What is 5G?

A. The term “5G” describes the most current generation of cell phone networks. Technically, this standard offers a mind-bogglingly fast data transmission rate. It reportedly attains up to 20 Gigabytes per second for downloads. This upgraded capability will allow computer engineers to begin automating a wide array of devices as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality. People will enjoy the ability to access nearly real-time data transmissions.

Q. Why Does 5G Matter to Cell Phone Users?

A. In practical terms, the implementation of 5G networks will eventually impact every cell phone user in the United States. People will notice enhanced phone video streaming capabilities and faster data transmission. Yet most people probably won’t detect this change immediately. For the short term, current 3G and 4G networks will continue to function side-by-side with the new 5G networks to be established this year by at least four leading cell phone carriers in the USA: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Verizon has already initiated its 5G network on a limited basis. Presently, 5G serves Chicago and a few other areas.

Q. Can I Upgrade My Cell Phone to 5G?

A. Unfortunately, if you own an older model of cell phone, you’ll almost certainly need to purchase a new phone equipped to operate with 5G at some point in the future. Asking a repair firm to implement this modification would probably not prove cost-effective. Some cell phones today offer 5G capabilities, while most do not. For example, at the present time, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G relies on the new 5G standard for data transmission. It is possible some manufacturers will offer cell phone “mods” allowing customers to utilize 5G technology with the use of compatible components, although the full ramifications of this development remain unclear. Consider checking with your cell phone repairer about this issue when you decide to switch to 5G.