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    T-Mobile Signals That Cheaper 5G Phones Are Coming

    A partnership between T-Mobile and MediaTek is a good sign for lower 5G prices.

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/370185/t-...nes-are-coming

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    Sounds promising, but a chipset in late 2020? How about late this year.

    How much do the typical smartphone 5G antennas and chips cost right now? e.g., What percent of the $1,000 (on phones that have them) is for the 5G chips and antennas? There are some that high w/o 5G.

    There are three main forms of 5G right now. Mid-band is used by most international carriers and Sprint. Low-band will be used by T-Mobile, and to a lesser extent by AT&T and Verizon. Both of those bands use existing cellular frequencies and antennas. Super high-speed millimeter-wave (mmWave) requires entirely new antenna designs and is only used by US carriers right now.

    MediaTek is initially focusing on low- and mid-band 5G. The idea is to target for the broadest international reach without having to deal with the complexities of mmWave antennas. MediaTek's press release touting a standalone 5G data call signals that T-Mobile and Sprint (especially if they merge) may push manufacturers to develop lower-cost 5G phones based on MediaTek's products.

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    Cars with no gasoline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Wake me when they drop below $400.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon_73 View Post
    Sounds promising, but a chipset in late 2020? How about late this year.

    How much do the typical smartphone 5G antennas and chips cost right now? e.g., What percent of the $1,000 (on phones that have them) is for the 5G chips and antennas? There are some that high w/o 5G.
    My bet is parts for RAM and storage have higher costs.


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    Cheaper phones but have to add-a-line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilvla2 View Post
    I'm totally unexcited about 5G, but I sure was for 2G, 3G and 4G, LTE still has so much to give.
    Agreed. From a consumer perspective, I don't think there's much need for 5G outside big urban areas. Yes, it's marginally more spectrum efficient but not by an order of magnitude. Where you and I live, it won't make that much difference.

    Speaking of where I live. In a few weeks the TV station that's been blocking band 71 will be changing channels. I look forward to seeing T-Mobile quickly deploy badly needed low-band service in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Agreed. From a consumer perspective, I don't think there's much need for 5G outside big urban areas. Yes, it's marginally more spectrum efficient but not by an order of magnitude. Where you and I live, it won't make that much difference.

    Speaking of where I live. In a few weeks the TV station that's been blocking band 71 will be changing channels. I look forward to seeing T-Mobile quickly deploy badly needed low-band service in my area.
    It's really more about capacity especially with mmwave. Ina big city during the heaviest use you also have thousands of people outside when most of those people have 5G phones the will be using the 5G network over mmwave. This will free up bandwidth on the LTE network for those not using 5G phone or whoa re indoors and can't get a 5G signal.

    Now obviously in more rural areas this isn't as much of an issue. In fact in many rural areas carriers could offer much better unlimited plans because capacity is not an issue, but carriers don't offer regional or countywide or citywide plans, they offer nationwide plans so any restrictions on unlimited plans are based on where they have the least capacity. This is where 5G helps. The areas with capacity issues because there are millions of people, will get relief with 5G over mmwave. Thus carriers can now offer better plans for everyone.

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