March 26, 2019

Think Twice Before Buying a 5G Phone

“At a Mobile World Congress keynote panel this week on the timing of 5G devices, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon declared with confidence, “The phones are ready; we’re just waiting for the networks.”

About an hour later in a briefing room a mere 10 feet below that keynote hall, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch told CNET, “The issue is devices. Frankly, we’re waiting on the devices.”

After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine, the superfast wireless technology is finally being rolled out across the globe. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year.”

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