Buying a phone is not a cheap undertaking, especially if you want to get a high end device. And those who are thinking about spending $500 or more on a smartphone may be wondering how long they can keep that phone relevant. It is a legitimate question, especially when we are starting to hear a lot about 5G networks becoming common in the next few years.
Buying a Phone in Late 2018
Let us say that someone is thinking about getting a brand new smartphone in late 2018. They want to get the latest flagship from Apple, Samsung or some other major company. They are paying for the phone up front, which means they will own it outright. Now the issue comes with 5G networks. Will these phones support 5G networks?
5G Network Support
The issue for buyers is that no current phone supports 5G. And even the high end flagship phones that cost close to $1000 do not have the support. There is no 5G phone out there right now. That means if you are paying a huge amount for a new phone in late 2018 or early 2019, you may want to hold off.
5G is Coming Soon
With components like the hybrid coupler reaching a level where they can support a 5G infrastructure, these networks are starting to crop up. Companies like Verizon and T-Mobile are already testing their 5G networks in a very limited way. By 2019 and 2020, we can expect to see rollouts in major cities.
To anyone who cares about the speeds that 5G will bring and wants to be on the network the moment it comes out, we would recommend holding off on a major phone purchase. Until there is a phone that advertises itself as having 5G network capability, it should not be on the purchase list.