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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 and coverage. 5G won’t replace 4G any time soon. In fact, they’ll coexist and work together, much like bacon & eggs or superheroes & sidekicks.

There’s a rumor going around that data gets consumed faster with a 5G phone, but let us hit you with the facts. 5G simply increases the download speed. If a file requires 2MB of data to download on 4G LTE, it will use the same 2MB of data to download it on 5G. It just may download faster, which is nice.

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 about 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 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.

Do I have to pay extra for 5G?

With Mint, no. Our 5G comes included in your plan. For example, if your plan allows 3GB of 4G LTE of data per month, you’ll have 3GB of data to use at the fastest speed possible at the time, whether it’s 4G LTE or 5G.

If you’re not on Mint, watch out. Some carriers are going to charge you extra, or make it more expensive to access their 5G network.

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. If you’d like to bring your 5G-capable phone to Mint Mobile, just make sure it’s unlocked and GSM compatible. As soon as you have a compatible phone, and there’s 5G in the area, we’ll automatically switch to the 5G network. If 5G isn’t available, then you’ll continue to use the 4G LTE network. That’s the beauty of 5G-capable phones, they can use both 4G and 5G technology.