I'll be staying with 4G
Everything I've learned about 5G tells me that it's something I actively don't want.
5G is in its infancy and yet Samsung has managed to carve out an impressive slice of the market, shipping more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G devices during 2019. This, according to Counterpoint Research, represents 53.9 per cent of the global 5G smartphone market, with the likes of Xiaomi and OPPO sweeping up the scraps. No …
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Fortunately my living smack in the middle of a forest a kilometer away from neighbours and even farther from comms infrastructure affords me the option to avoid the bombardment of this absurd high risk moderate reward technology altogether.
Good luck city dwellers
Amazing to see clueless Luddites on El Reg of all places!
5G isn't magic, it isn't like it is used at higher power levels or that its slightly different modulation makes any difference. Well not unless you think the changeover from ATSC's 8vsb modulation to 5G's OFDM modulation in the US's 600 MHz band somehow increases cancer risk. And if you do, look at for ATSC 3.0 which changes from 8vsb to COFDM!
The only thing 5G brings that's different is higher frequency ranges, which you are already exposed to if you've ever been near an airport.
I am actually surprised that since the release of 802.11ax (no, I refuse to call it by it's new marketing number) no one has made similar accusation (of "802.11ax is giving me headaches").
The place I used to work for had a staff complain that she was "allergic to WiFi" (even sported a medical certificate). She asked that WiFi be turned off to the entire building of 250 people. (Yes, she has a mobile phone but isn't "allergic" to it.)
To appease her, she was re-assigned to a remote site with no WiFi coverage and no mobile phone coverage. She quit shortly later.
When wifi first came out there was some a bit of buzz about how its frequency was the same as that of a microwave oven. There just wasn't much of an internet back then, imagine if it came out today all the scary scary talk you'd hear from idiots on social media about how a wifi capable device is like a microwave oven in your pocket.
I will wait for the dust to settle on frequency assignments before I buy a 5G set.
In Malaysia 5G will be 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz, 26 GHz and 28 GHz
The 2x GHz will be of little use as the range will be pathetic - physics
That is a challenging range of frequencies to tune, without even adding existing bands
For reasons of economics, not tinfoilhat syndrome. I have yet to see a compelling case for it. So far, all I've seen repeatedly plugged is "faster downloads", with the downside of "poor/challenging coverage" not getting quite so much coverage in the glossy ads - can't for the life of me figure out why.
Since I am not a gamer, and don't watch movies on my phone, I see no reason to spend money on a new device for no perceptible gain to my personal usage. It's a cost-benefit analysis, and currently, for me, 5G seems all cost, no benefit. When the numbers change, my pov might too. Of course, by that time the early adopters will have transcended and/or been assimilated.
I am a gamer. I play on a proper PC with a 28" widescreen, a keyboard+mouse and a Microsoft Strategic Commander. On a 1Gbps fiber line.
4G covers all the needs I have for my phone usage, but my gaming I do on a proper platform.
I do not see that 5G is going to benefit me in any way in the foreseeable future. I also do not plan on changing my Samsung Galaxy A3 unless it dies on me. A phone is a phone, as far as I'm concerned, and the only other use I have for it is occasionally checking Google Maps for my position vs my destination. 4G works fine for that.
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Coverage round east anglia is very poor still, on the Norfolk coast there are places where you struggle to get any signal, and once in the Peak District prepare to climb to get a signal.
So like the other comments get a decent universal signal before trying any new tech, especially as mentioned some of the 5g bands are really short ranged (unless we are going to start using squirrels as relay posts...)
As for me personally if I can make a call that will do, if i can’t download something it isn’t really a problem and will wait until I am back in civilisation. Having said that the coverage at the top of mount snowdon is excellent!
Nah, it's ease of use. The stupid people always had a voice, but as long as access to a platform involved employment of double-digit brain cells they either couldn't get in or got distracted by a different shiny.
I would say that the biggest disservice is the "Login using Facebook" button - or equivalent.
My ex and my mum both believe in this wireless makes you ill moonshine, but it's something they won't shake, it's the judgement of huge numbers of people who won't be disabused of it. I feel for them. Some very bright people are like this. I won't hear it said they're stupid. So they don't reason like you or I, but you and I have a certain conception of risk and trust and so forth too, that's not all pure reasoning. The whole Better Call Saul subplot about Chuck McGill is a painful illustration of such tormenting and incorrect beliefs that are in practice unshakeable.
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