Verizon 5G Rant (1 Viewer)


SatelliteGuys Pro
Dec 5, 2014
Because it's low frequency.

I max out at 250 Mbps on 5G n71, but can break 300 Mbps on 4G band 66.

You have to compare apples to apples. I get 120 Mbps on n71 in the same location as I get 60 Mbps on LTE band 71. I call that a win even if it's not 3.5 Gbps second.


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SatelliteGuys Pro
Dec 4, 2016
North Eastern
After just getting a Galaxy A51 5G phone to replace my 10 year old Galaxy SIII, I think I asked all of the right questions.
Firstly in my area 5G service when implemented will be spotty at the least. The towers as far as I can see with a spectrum analyzer are using the 700 MHz band. To many hills and too few towers to cover the higher frequencies. Public service and the police even use lower frequencies.
The big decision now is choosing a plan. I've had regular service with a 52 buck with taxes plan for years.
2 gigs of data. A recent power outage and a tether to my PC soon got a message that 80% of my data was eaten up. I always use wifi since getting bitten years ago with a Windows phone that kept the browser alive in the background and I got an unexpected bill of several hunderd bucks. Verizon has at least implemented text alerts since then.

So. Keep my current plan? Go to a prepaid plan (same provisions but with 5 gigs of data) for 10 bucks less a month?
Straight talk from Wally World? My friend told me about their 30 buck plan and Straight talk will send you a SIM for practically free. With unlimited data.
Does 5G mean now you will eat data up and an exponential rate? So my 2 gigs will be gone in 2 minutes watching a YouTube video on mobile data? Hmmmm.....

To put another stick in the spokes I spokes I asked several American reps why I wouldn't want to go with a prepaid plan vs my current plan. For 10 bucks less a month. They flat-out wont help you with that.
Company policy? "Grab Your Bucks"? I'm a long time user, get a company discount, and all the other crap.
Or why with even their least expensive prepaid plan it's still more than Straight Talk.
But every rep I did speak with mentioned that they had prepaid plans.....under their breath.

So I finally get this from them. A Verizon 5G customer with a premium plan will always mostly get 5G where available.
IF the network gets congested they will get randomly bumped back to 4G. But go back to 5G as soon as possible.
Prepaid customers will get bumped to 4G long before 5G gets bottle necked.
Straight Talk customers (where and if 5G is available) might get 5G. Might!
But the norm is 4G. And any bottle necking on the network will bump them further back immediately.
Right when Verizon starts bumping back 5G customers to 4g.
I take this with a grain of salt. Cell providers only tell you what they absolutely have to.

Going off a tangent here. My company in Florida back in the dial-up days had a 56k line.
It delivered 56k or very close to it. The bean counters decided to save money and go to a cheaper ISP.
Our current one was Bell South. When we switched the the other ISP. Same wires on the punch out to the same pedestal and to the central office. Our speed dropped to 22k or less. Service calls, diagnostics. Nothing was wrong. Because we used Bell South lines but a different ISP.....we received the minimum the FCC said we could and that spec was met.

So. I don't really need 5G. I use wifi everyplace it's available when away from home. 5G in my area will be spotty.
My SIII 4G was still usable for years to come. Verizon hinted that "I Needed a 5G phone because soon my services would be upgraded". My Straight Talk friend got basically the same message. But they sell predominantly 4G phones to this day. She got a new Samsung 4G phone and asked me "What about 5G"? "They said I needed to upgrade to a 5G phone".

So. There's still a big WTF out there.
My rant to add to this thread.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Dec 5, 2014
1. Post paid business
2. Post paid consumer
3. Prepaid

That is generally the order of priority for cell phone providers.

5G does not mean you'll use more data. Potentially having access to faster speeds will potentially cause you to use more data. If I download a 4.7 Gb ISO image, it's not going to matter if I'm on LTE doing 60 Mbps or NR doing 120 Mbps, 4.7 Gb is 4.7 Gb. NR just allows me to get what I need to get done faster.

Currently the industry is in the 4G to 5G transition. 3G networks are being decommissioned and the frequencies are being reframed for 5G


SatelliteGuys Master
May 5, 2007
Salem, OR
While it may not have painted a rosy picture for a company that makes lots of money off of selling new phones, it has long been known that 5G radios would eat a lot of battery at least until the networks were fleshed out.
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While it may not have painted a rosy picture for a company that makes lots of money off of selling new phones, it has long been known that 5G radios would eat a lot of battery at least until the networks were fleshed out.
I see T-Mobile was also caught up in this, suggesting users fall back to 2G :eek: to save battery…

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