Verizon may be pushing its 5G mmWave network hard (even if it's of doubtful utility), but it's not actually the only 5G tech on big red's roadmap. Like T-Mobile, it's pushing a lower-band "Nationwide" solution as well, and an update will soon be rolling out to select 5G phones delivering access to that more far-reaching network. Furthermore, new 5G phones on Verizon will have it at launch.
Earlier this year, Motorola launched the Motorola One 5G internationally, and we all thought it looked like a nifty phone that we'd like to see in the US. Motorola obliged and even said it would offer the device for under $500. The AT&T version launched some weeks back for $444.99, but Verizon isn't bound by Moto's promise. Big Red just unveiled the Motorola One 5G UW, and wouldn't you know it, it's priced at $550.
Today, Apple announced its latest family of phones: the iPhone 12, the 12 Mini, the 12 Pro, and the 12 Pro Max. One brand-new feature they all share is support for the fifth-generation mobile network technology known as 5G. For months, commentators and analysts have speculated that this fresh wireless whiz-bang could finally make 5G a going concern for smartphone buyers in the US. So, let's dive in: now that the iPhone finally has 5G, will 5G finally start to matter to ordinary people? Should you care about it?
T-Mobile lost CEO/hype man John Legere earlier this year, but the cellular company is still cooking up some crazy marketing stunts. For its latest concoction, T-Mobile partnered with Betty Crocker to make a layer cake. But not just any kind of cake — this one's all about 5G.
Samsung is launching its cheapest 5G handset yet in the form of the Galaxy A42 5G. These A-series devices have come to represent excellent value, especially when compared with Samsung's pricey flagship S and Note series. Our reviews for the recent A11, A21, and A71 5G were largely positive, so there's good reason to believe the Galaxy A42 5G will be worth considering.
Game streaming relies on low-latency connections to offsite servers, which is why the key to a great experience with Xbox Game Streaming and Google Stadia is fast and reliable internet. Google began testing mobile data streaming with Stadia in July, and now the functionality is ready for everyone.
The U.S. market for smartphones has always tilted just a tad more expensive — in any given series of releases, the country will typically receive a higher-spec model. This may not necessarily be the case with OnePlus as it is reportedly targeting America for a modified version of the Nord, its first mid-ranger in a long time. Now, we're getting word of another Nord variant and a date to watch for.
In its desperation to make 5G a thing anybody cares about — outside of conspiracy theorists who think it causes Covid-19 and kills people — Samsung is making a podcast. The promotional podcast is hosted by Britsh comedian Suzi Ruffell and Dr. Hannah Fry (she's a doctor, so you know you can trust her) as they aim to "uncover how 5G is transforming our everyday lives and building a better world."
Google Fi and its customers have nominal access to T-Mobile's 5G network, but frankly speaking, the number of Fi subscribers who have brought their compliant devices onto the network probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans. So, the virtual carrier is taking things into its own hands by selling six of Samsung's 5G phones direct to buyers.