An interesting study of Apple iPhone users from all carriers in the US have found that 49% of them believe their phone is swinging 5G connectivity right now. However, as many of you know, no current iPhone model supports the next generation of wireless connectivity. The survey was conducted by Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) and showed that it’s not just iPhone owners who aren’t sure if their phone is 5G-enabled or not.
Nearly half of iPhone users taking a survey think their phone supports 5G
29% of all smartphone users who took part in the survey said they didn̵
7;t know if their phone could access a 5G signal. Narrowing it down to only those who bought a new smartphone this year, 24% are unsure whether or not their phone connects to a 5G network. And speaking of 5G networks, 38% of the 5,000 consumers questioned do not know whether or not the wireless operator they subscribe to offers 5G service in the place where they live.
Apple will unveil the 5G iPhone 12 series this coming Tuesday
With 10x faster data download speeds than 4G, consumers with 5G will be able to download movies in seconds instead of minutes. New businesses and industries will be created, and higher download speeds and latency will lead to self-driving vehicles and more. But for many, it is currently difficult to see the benefits 5G will bring to the public. This may be due to the fact that the highest data rates available from 5G mmWave signals do not travel long distances. Consequently, both T-Mobile e AT&T uses long-travel low-bandwidth 5G spectrum for the foundation of its 5G networks. The only problem with these so-called sub-6GHz radio waves is that they don’t deliver the super-fast 5G speeds like mmWave signals do.
Of the three major US operators, T-Mobile uses a ‘layered’ 5G configuration consisting of a 600 MHz low band spectrum at the bottom to provide depth of coverage in all states. The 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum acquired in the Sprint transaction will be deployed in rural areas of the country to ensure that Americans living in this corner of the forest are able to access higher data rates. T-Mobile will eventually add more mmWave spectrum by giving its 5G layer cake a sweet icing. Verizon, on the other hand, has remained pretty much true to the mmWave spectrum; the shorter distances that such high-bandwidth radio waves travel is responsible for the slower 5G construction that Verizon’s customers have been dealing with. Before the end of the year, Verizon will introduce its national low-bandwidth 5G network by joining both T-Mobile and AT&T.
Those who responded to the survey say they are very excited about the increased data rate expected by 5G with that feature grabbing the attention of 54% of respondents. 16% said they were thrilled with the improvement in HD video calling / conferencing with 13% pumping about the quality of video streaming that should happen with 5G. And 8% are looking forward to playing video games with the best gaming experience offered by 5G.
Apple will unveil its first 5G iPhone models this coming Tuesday and the fact that these are the first Apple phones to support 5G will come as a shock to 49% of respondents who think their iPhone already works with 5G.
The big gain for consumers won’t take place until the faster 5G signals are no longer readily available. Consumers say smart cities will be the biggest beneficiary of 5G. A majority of those who took part in the survey (54%) say the timing for 5G implementation should be accelerated due to the public health crisis that Americans face today with the pandemic.