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    iPhone 12 and lack of mmWave

    iPhone 12 will NOT offer 5G mmWave support (except in the US).
    So I was wondering if this is a reason to avoid the iPhone for a new phone.
    But then I read this line from the T-Mobile CTO in an ArsTechnica article:
    ...millimeter-wave spectrum "will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments,"...
    So assuming that is correct and given I'm in the remote 'burbs and never or rarely go into dense urban areas, ...well maybe this lack of mmWave is not a big deal after all.
    Thoughts/opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by striptorn View Post
    iPhone 12 will NOT offer 5G mmWave support (except in the US).
    So I was wondering if this is a reason to avoid the iPhone for a new phone.
    But then I read this line from the T-Mobile CTO in an ArsTechnica article:

    So assuming that is correct and given I'm in the remote 'burbs and never or rarely go into dense urban areas, ...well maybe this lack of mmWave is not a big deal after all.
    Thoughts/opinions?
    I don't expect that mmWave will ever be used for wide spread coverage. It is also unlikely that it will be the only coverage for cellphones. Aside from arenas and some wireless home Internet in major metro areas it just won't matter much for foreseeable future.

    I thought some of the higher new iPhone models do include mmWave.

    I'm not interested in $700 and up cellphones for anything.

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    Agree it's for limited deployments in dense urban areas. Also, we don't have mmWave auction in Canada until end of 2021... And that is likely to be delayed until 2022.
    Want to learn more about how LTE works?
    https://productioncommunity.publicmo...ls/td-p/130581

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    The one selling point of the new iPhones from a network perspective is that they have almost all of the 5g and LTE bands you’d want domestically and globally (excepting mmwave) for the foreseeable future. The Pixels also rate well on that. As much as I like Samsungs, I don’t love how the carrier CSC’s cripple band access, this isn’t a problem for iPhones and Pixels (and surely some other devices)

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