I leave the answer to this question to our readers. But first, the facts:
The term 5G defines the future wireless communication system, supplanting the current 4G system. It operates on the not yet standardized ultra-high frequency range between 0.6 and 38 billion cycles per second (GHz)* with mm wavelengths.
(*Depending on your phone service provider.)
Transmitting at such high frequencies requires a lot of energy (typically 10-4 electron volts (EV) compared to only 10-7 EV for the current 4G system, which means it requires 1000 times more energy to force the electrons to bounce around at this speed).
It also means that after 300 to 600 feet (100 to 150 m) the signal runs out of breath and you will need repeater stations to boost the signal, this means either cell towers or repeater stations at every 300 feet (compared to 2-3 miles with the current 4G).
Alternatively, one would need fiber-optic cables to connect houses. You also may need a repeating unit or modem inside your home or apartment.
Now let’s look what this system is supposed to offer:
First, it has greater speed, which means more data transfer capability.
It's also supposed to be more responsive and be able to interacted with more devices.
You also should get better Internet connection and more virtual reality.
Sadly, it will not improve the sound quality of your smartphone due to the size-limitation of your built-in speakers and microphones.
You're promised that you are able to buy cheaper and better performing home gadgets which can talk to you, while improving your feeling of security.
And if the need arises, the police will instantaneously know your location.
It's also touted that driverless cars will need 5G in order to improve safety and to manage traffic. I'm afraid if this happens, we will see more accidents, which might occur once a car misses a repeater station.
Finally, let’s look at the economic consequences:
I estimate that there are about 100 million smartphones in the U.S. which need to be replaced in two to three years together with accessories. This will be a 100 billion dollar boost to the business of Apple and Samsung.
Adding to this are hundreds of thousands of cell towers, repeater units, millions of new modems (Qualcomm), and transmitters. This adds up to a total cost close to or exceeding half a trillion dollars.
Quite a commercial incentive to go 5G!
But remember, it's you, the consumer, who has to pay for it.
The question is: How long can I still use my existing smartphone?
First, the new 5G phone will not be available before next year.
Secondly, there will be a several years phase-out of the current G4 wireless system. So don’t worry till then.
I wonder what the future will look like. Are we going to have a 6G?
I'm curious, if the next quantum leap to 6G means to increase operating frequencies, which then will bring us into the infrared spectrum. Whoa!
Do we need 5G? My vote is "No".
You may wonder why I am opposed. Well, one of the reasons is economic.
Since there is no immediate payback, most of the 500 billion dollar investment has to be based on credit.
While this expenditure will create a boost in employment, its effect will be relatively short-lived and since there are no apparent long term benefits to the economy, which could create funds to pay back the huge credit.
However, since the money has to come from somewhere, it will come out of the pocket of consumers and users of electronic gadgets.
While people may have more fun with Alexa and other electronic "friends," the expenses have to come from people’s food and housing budgets.
The result may be a lowering of personal living standards.
Note: Do you know that the much touted "clean energy" natural gas creates one third CO2 and two thirds water when it burns? So, contrary to popular belief, natural gas too pollutes the atmosphere.
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