Published On: Wed, Nov 6th, 2019

Don’t invest in buying a 4G mobile phone, soon they will be absolute

Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives without a doubt and they are not used as just a mobile phone, they have exceeded the expectations of a common user. Well, the industry leaders are all set to surprise the world once again. We have just entered the once in a decade time when all networks across the globe go through a generation up-gradation. The last time the networks received an up-gradation like this was back in 2010 when all major mobile phone networks upgraded to 4G within a year or two across all major economies. We have again reached the point where all major networks in almost all major economies are going through up-gradation and are looking forward to upgrading their networks as soon as possible so that they can not only attain their old customer bases but also capture new customers by offering better 5G services.

photo/ mohamed Hassan

The exact amount of business 5G networks will bring to telecommunication companies are still unknown but the speculations are it would be massive. All major networks in USA, UK Germany, China, Russia, UAE and few other major economies have already spent billions in upgrading their networks. It’s been well documented that in 2019 after the launch of iPhone 11, Apple has failed massively to impress Apple fans. The iPhone 11 is also a 4G mobile phone which is not capable of 5G speed but Samsung has taken the lead and launched a 5G capable mobile phone i.e. Samsung Galaxy s10. Almost all major mobile phone manufacturers have launched 5G mobile phones to capture new early adopters of 5G technology. The 5G mobile phones available in the market as of September 2019 are:

  1. LG V50 ThinQ 5GSamsung Galaxy S10 5G
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G
  3. Samsung Galaxy Fold
  4. ZTE Axon 10 Pro
  5. Huawei Mate X
  6. Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  7. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
  8. OPPO Reno 5G
  9. OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  10. Energizer Power Max P8100S

5G technology is much more promising than its predecessor 4G. Although we have witnessed the revolution 4G bought with it but this time is several folds different. There would be many new applications which 5G promises to support. We will see a magnificent change in communications, travel and the way we learn. Once the networks are upgraded, we will see masses upgrading their mobile phones to benefit from 5G technology. There is already a huge new bunch of mobile phones in the market equipped with a 5G modem which will let users enjoy 5G speed. The mobile phone recycle services offered by several mobile phone recycling companies and networks in the UK have already dropped the prices offered for old mobile phones. Most of the Apple mobile phones launched in the last 2 years have been almost or over £1000 price mark and none of these mobile phones is a 5G mobile phone. But once the first 5G iPhone is launched and the networks have upgraded the price for all older models of iPhones will depreciate massively and people will lose a lot of money on their old mobile phones. Normally it’s been noted that a mobile phone loses almost 3% of its value every month but once the 5G networks kick in the depreciation would be much more lethal and it’s expected to be between 5% to 10%. So, it’s highly advisable to either buy a 5G mobile phone or wait until the prices normalise of 5G mobile phones. Which would be in very recent future. It has already started; Samsung has started selling Samsung Galaxy S10 almost £200 cheaper in Argos in September 2019.

Author: Asim Nadeem

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