Do I need to buy a 5G mobile phone now or wait a bit longer?

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  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Do I need to buy a 5G mobile phone now or wait a bit longer?
    Maybe in 2021 is the better time to buy?
     
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  3. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    you don't need to buy any mobile phone, ever.
     
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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I would think the longer you can put off any purchase, more so with phones computers and cameras, the better.
    The longer you go the greater the selection and perhaps the price may drop.

    I purchased a 5g tablet and phone only because I needed that wifi for a remote control unit to run my scope, mount and camera.

    There is 5 g net work and 5 g wifi each different things.
    Alex
     
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  7. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    5G offers great speeds and low latency, but I’d question whether you use your mobile phone for things that would greatly benefit from those.
    If you’re only making calls (do people still do that?

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    ), texts, social media, streaming, the odd game etc, then while 5G will be quicker, 4G is still more than adequate.
    If you’re doing stuff that needs quick downloads and uploads of massive files, or using your phone to stream 4K movies, that sort of thing, then maybe 5G is for you.
    But you’d best check coverage... no point in buying 5G if you can’t benefit from it.

    Personally I’m more than happy with 4G on my mobile (only had 3G until a few months ago) until I can replace my home broadband (FTTC) with a 5G setup.
    Means I can ditch the landline completely.
    But that can’t happen until my area has 5G coverage, and until my current broadband contract expires (another 18 months or so

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  8. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    do you live inside a 1st world large metropolitan city ?
    if you do not then 5G will not work

    why buy it when it wont work ?
     
  9. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    wait for prices if that is an issue, because i suspect it could be.
     
  10. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    You don't need a 5G phone unless you have _very_ unusual requirements (streaming 8K video or driving drones or something.) In a few years, every phone out there will support 5G, so your best bet is to just wait.
     
  11. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    You might also weigh the merits of whatever technological advantage you gain against whatever data-harvesting advantage is gained by whatever criminal/corporate/governmental agents are monitoring your phone.
     

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