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    #26
    What the hell is the point of 5G anyway? It's not like 4g+ is slow. With our shit data caps you'd blow through the cap in about 5 seconds in 5G.

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    #27
    Bobs wrote:
    What the hell is the point of 5G anyway? It's not like 4g+ is slow. With our shit data caps you'd blow through the cap in about 5 seconds in 5G.
    correct as well

    I don't know if any countries offer unlimited mobile data but NZ isn't close to offering that so adding more speed becomes a game of cat and mouse. As you say 4g is plenty fast, enabling 5g will drain your battery faster, eat your data cap faster and not give you any real world performance gains - the main benefits in speed of moving from 4g to 5g would be in downloading large volumes of data - which we can't do due to small datacaps, you certainly won't notice any difference in your webpages loading or your facebook app loading on your phone

    it's the same story at home, going from 100mb fibre to 1000mb fibre has no effect on youtube streaming speeds, netflix streaming speeds or website speeds. The only significant difference comes when you're downloading a 10GB+ file

    But maybe 5g has other benefits that we don't know about - like maybe it's area of reception is much wider, so fewer towers need to be built to get good coverage or something??

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    #28
    Every article I've skimmed over has said 5g will use less battery than 4g. Is this just marketing nonsense?

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    #29
    Jizah wrote:
    Every article I've skimmed over has said 5g will use less battery than 4g. Is this just marketing nonsense?
    Not according to this lol

    Most android phones use Qualcomm chips and for 2019 they have to have a seperate modem inside the phone that’s not on the SOC, as a result phone battery capacities will decrease from 2018 models until one day when the 5g modem is on the SOC. So now you have a tech that uses more power and your phone has a smaller battery

    But a saving grace is that apparently you can fit 500mah more battery into a phone by removing some ports like the headphone jack, so you may see 2019 phones ditch the headphone jack otherwise consumers will bitch about the small batteries in 2019 phones

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018...t-for-a-while/

    Arstechnica is flat out saying: don’t buy a smartphone in 2019 because we expect it will run hot, have very small batteries alwhich drains quickly, wait for tech optimizations in 2020

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    #30
    According to this Herald article the real benefit of 5G is that it will allow Spark to bypass paying Chorus for access to the fibre network:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/technolog...ectid=12174818

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    #31
    That’s a huge improvement over our 4g service then

    Spark is saying with 5g they can offer 5g home broadband at unlimited data
    Essentially spark will use 5g for wireless home internet to compete against UFB

    That saves them anything from $40 to $70 a month depending on your UFB connection speed they pay to Chorus

    That’s very significant, they potentially can undercut the UFB market deliver the same service for cheaper
    Well have to see which has better latency which is important for gaming

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    #32
    Surely fiber will have better latency.