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You will still need a 5G handset, sim and plan..

5G has been a massive failure since its inception here however there is several reasons why and price being one the area you live in being another and the cost of handsets themselves…Early adopters like me had to pay for the service which for me who is with another provider is pretty underwhelming.

Time heals wounds though, 5G handsets have dropped in price which helps but paying extra for the use of 5G is another matter, And do we we even need it? 5G is faster than 4G obviously and up to 100 times faster at peak and over time this will need a real time test depending on how many are connected to the network.

What 5G will do in theory

5G will enhance life as we now have more connected devices in our homes alone something needs to happen, for example we have smart cameras smart fridges I have a smart hoover, coffee maker, humidifier ( reviews on those due soon) and for the most we have the likes of Alexa and Google home in our house, 5G is designed for more than just our phones and will be of huge benefit to cloud services too but not only that 5G will enhance the likes of farming, gaming and traffic.

Do you need a 5G sim card

People have asked me this!! Well yes and a handset and plan if you have a 5G enabled phone many of us will still have a 4G sim card unless you bought a plan when you got the phone but as we already know the uptake has been slow to say the least but this will now change and add pressure on others to follow suit so you will need to get onto eir and order your new 5G sim card to avail of the service.

eir has 70% of the population covered (geographically small compared to 4G coverage) and now has added more towns to the list so in total there 336 towns and cities across Ireland

Competition is a great thing and what will happen next is that other networks will follow suit going forward, their MVNOs however will take a back seat here like GoMo and 48 but lets see how that fair out over time.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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