How much do you really care about 5G?

Verizon 5G speed test
Verizon 5G speed test (Image credit: Android Central)

In both 2019 and 2020, one of the biggest talking points for the mobile tech industry has been 5G. The next evolution of mobile internet access has the potential to change our world for the better, but the journey to get to that point is a long and bumpy one.

This has been the year when 5G has become truly accessible to a large number of people, but even so, these early days are proving to be pretty mixed. For example, while sub-6 5G is almost as widespread as 4G LTE, the speed increase is pretty marginal compared to the much more powerful mmWave 5G.

Some of our AC forum members recently got to talking about 5G, saying:

I'm in between the New York City and Philly-metro area and I don't expect to see it available for any practical use for years. Perhaps Verizon will push to put mini-substations into homes before it's widely available. They'd have to spin-up something more attractive than Fios to win me over. Presently I have Xfinity/Comcast and since their mobile network utilizes Verizon's network perhaps that is...


5G on phones is nothing more than for bragging rights anyway, so no use getting worked up over it.


5G is 4 counties away from me.. 80 miles. Its where the rich folks live.. But I would like for my phone to work on 5G if I'm in the area. But Verizon would want me to pay for it. Not willing to pay for something that should be free. If this is what 5G is all about.. Why not just stop 5G right now. And quit wasting people's time


I use roughly 1.5GB per month, 5G is pointless for me. I'll keep my $10 a month.


This got us to wondering — How much do you really care about 5G?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.