2G, 3G, 4G, and now, 5G. These terms go hand in hand when talking about phone plans. The G stands for generation, so 5G is what we call the fifth generation of mobile network technology. In simple terms, each generation of development in wireless communications allows us to download and upload data at much faster frequencies, paving way for new technologies. Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a 4G technology that was developed to bridge the gap between 4G and 5G, so you can think of it as an extension of 4G. If you’re interested, you can read more on the technical details of how 5G will boost bandwidth, speed, capacity, and efficiency, while reducing latency.
Where is 5G available?
Major U.S. carriers, such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have launched 5G networks and are expanding them with varying frequencies and coverage. The factors that determine whether 5G is available to you include your carrier’s coverage, phone plan structure, and your mobile device, which needs to be 5G-compatible. We’re proud to work with T-Mobile, which does not charge additional fees on plans for access to its nationwide 5G network, which is on the low-band and high-band spectrum. As long as the city you’re in is covered and you’ve got a 5G device, you’re good to go!
Is 5G replacing 4G?
5G is not replacing 4G—it is simply building on top of existing 4G networks. Even with 5G expanding rapidly, you’ll have no issue continuing to use 4G for the foreseeable future as major carriers are a while away from network-wide rollouts of 5G. Likewise, your 5G phone can happily be on a 4G network.