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5G network is almost here. Will you be an early adopter?

CNET logo CNET 4/15/2019 Nicolas Towner
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5G is the fifth generation of cellular technology and with it comes a promise of increased speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. Proponents of 5G claim that this upgrade doesn't only come with big speed boosts to your cellular device, but will also greatly benefit other areas of tech such as self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality as well as telemedicine devices.

You can check out our article here for a comprehensive list of what all the hype is about. 

As of right now AT&T and Verizon have launched their 5G networks in a very small-scale level, and they have run into their fair share of snags, which you can read about here. This is all part of the troubleshooting process, though, so don't be alarmed. 

While there is undoubtedly a ton of excitement over 5G, there are also naysayers who believe all the hype to be a bit preemptive. Their reasons for doubt range from it being too early to care, to the fact that these upgrades will likely come with a price increase, even to concerns of radiation sickness. Many are also worried that if they live in rural areas they will never see the benefits of a 5G network. Take a look below at some of the concerns and negative reactions by CNET readers.

It is beginning to sound more and more like 5G is more hype than bite and a way for the wireless industry to charge more money, for less reliability for a product that won't deliver on its promises. -- woodmeister50

Wait, you have to pay an additional $10 monthly with Verizon just to use 5G?? That's insane. I'll stick with my $45 Unlimited High Speed plan from Cricket (not the 8Mbps limited unlimited either!). -- Wiz-Minion

5G? Oh please! If you don't live in a mega-city you'll never see it. I live in a metro of about 120,000 in Iowa and still don't have consistent 3G!!! Write and dream all you want about 5G, but for most of the US it's just baloney. -- cole169

With all this being said, we want to know how you feel about the 5G network. Will you be getting 5G as soon as it's available to you? Do you have similar concerns as other readers? Do you even care? Vote in the poll below and let your opinion be known! 

Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones?

a close up of a cell phone: With the biggest initial wave of 5G deployment likely taking place in 2019 and 2020, phone-makers and carriers alike are readying themselves for the latest generation of cellular technology. Most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only through a 5G-enabled phone. After all, the grand promises Qualcomm and carriers are making with 5G coverage don't mean much if you can't access the network with your own device. To help you keep tabs on when we can expect 5G phones, here's what the major phone-makers have announced, and not announced, about their 5G phone plans so far.

With the biggest initial wave of 5G deployment likely taking place in 2019 and 2020, phone-makers and carriers alike are readying themselves for the latest generation of cellular technology. Most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only through a 5G-enabled phone. After all, the grand promises Qualcomm and carriers are making with 5G coverage don't mean much if you can't access the network with your own device. To help you keep tabs on when we can expect 5G phones, here's what the major phone-makers have announced, and not announced, about their 5G phone plans so far.
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