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5G Explained

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of 5G by now. It’s kind of a big deal and it’s about to get even bigger. So we want to make you sure you understand what it all means.

What is 5G?

Okay, 5G stands for 5th generation wireless technology. As in the generation after 4G and 4G LTE. It offers greater bandwidth so it can handle many more connected devices, which translates into less spotty service. Eventually, 5G will be consistently 10X faster than 4G…but honestly, you don’t really need THAT MUCH speed for an enhanced wireless experience. Which is why the real benefit of 5G is actually better connectivity, coverage and reliability.

Not all 5G is the same

5G networks operate on up to three frequency bands, low, medium, and high.

Low Band (600 MHz) – Signal travels the farthest (even through walls and buildings), reaches the most people inside and out, and is 20% faster than 4G. This is the band Mint Mobile will utilize the most because it’s the one that benefits you the most.

Medium Band (2.5GHz) – Signal is more mid-range and produces 2x-4x faster speed than 4G.

High Band (Millimeter wave) – This is the “fastest signal,” but it can easily be blocked by things like a leaf or a piece of paper or rain…meaning it’s the least reliable and isn’t really as fast as you are led to believe. AT&T and Verizon are starting here, LMFAO.

What do I need to get 5G?

Of course, in order to take advantage of 5G, you’ll need a compatible phone that supports the technology (there aren’t too many out there just yet, but we have a couple of them). As soon as you have a compatible phone, and there is 5G in the area, we will automatically switch to the 5G network. If 5G is not available, then you will continue to use the 4G LTE network.

Do I have to pay extra for 5G?

With Mint, no. Our 5G comes included in your plan.

If you are not on Mint, you will need to watch out, because some carriers are going to charge you extra or make it more expensive to access their 5G network.

Whew, that was a lot, we know. Just give yourself a moment to process and take it all in. And expect more from us to help you navigate and understand 5G.