Five questions about 5G, answered

There is a lot of 5G hype — too much, actually — and it’s much more complicated than the transition to 4G was. On top of complicated technological questions about millimeter waves and modems, there’s also geopolitics, trade wars, gigantic lawsuits between tech titans, and empty buildings in Wisconsin.

We’re tracking all of those stories on The Verge — you can find our 5G coverage right here — but if you just want a quick primer on what’s going on now that 5G phones are starting to be sold in stores and the White House is issuing 5G-related orders, read on.

1. Should I buy a 5G phone this year?


Why not?

The networks are barely existent, present only in a few cities. Even then, they only work well in certain blocks, and even then, you…

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