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BARCELONA, Spain (CNNMoney) -- Just as consumers are wrapping their heads around 4G, the wireless industry is thinking ahead to 5G.

By 2020, industry analysts say the amount of cellular traffic created by smartphones and tablets will be dwarfed by the data generated from the world of connected "things." Shoes, watches, appliances, cars, thermostats and door locks will all be on the network.







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Can I just get RELIABLE 4G first? I think there are like 5 or 6 places in the entire city of a quarter of a million I can get 4G service.
 
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Can they actually just give us real 4G?! 5G... Wow... 4G is supposed to be 1000mbps down at a rest and 100mbps down on the highway.

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Can they actually just give us real 4G?! 5G... Wow... 4G is supposed to be 1000mbps down at a rest and 100mbps down on the highway.
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hey like I said.. i cant even get 4G reliably in my city anywhere.. So I just want that to become standard before we start moving to 5g
 
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They were talking about 4G around the time 3G was this mature(aka just beginning to get used), it means nothing really.
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hey like I said.. i cant even get 4G reliably in my city anywhere.. So I just want that to become standard before we start moving to 5g

His point is that US cellular companies are not actually offering official 4G. "4G" is used as a a marketing term and does not meet not the technical requirements.
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Current LTE networks are already way faster than most people will ever need, why is there a need for 5G right now?

In my city, I can reliably get 30-50 Mbit/s from AT&T's LTE. For comparison, my broadband internet at home tops out at about 25 Mbit/s with ethernet.

Also, no carrier is offering a truly unlimited data plan, so I don't see the advantage of something even faster than LTE for now.
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Current LTE networks are already way faster than most people will ever need, why is there a need for 5G right now?
In my city, I can reliably get 30-50 Mbit/s from AT&T's LTE. For comparison, my broadband internet at home tops out at about 25 Mbit/s
Also, no carrier is offering a truly unlimited data plan, so I don't see the advantage of something even faster than LTE for now.

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Current LTE networks are already way faster than most people will ever need, why is there a need for 5G right now?
In my city, I can reliably get 30-50 Mbit/s from AT&T's LTE. For comparison, my broadband internet at home tops out at about 25 Mbit/s
Also, no carrier is offering a truly unlimited data plan, so I don't see the advantage of something even faster than LTE for now.

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This is what I get with AT&T's LTE in Baltimore usually:

(sorry for large pic, my phone has a 720p screen)

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Just think though, when 4g became the next level, 3g was pushed much more rapidly to make customers happy.
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Sounds to me that 5G will just be when 4G lives up to it's theoretical specs. Right now 4G is really a nerfed version. This will be great for the carriers, because they won't have to build any infrastructure for 5G. They'll just crank the knob up to 9.
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