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Posted: 07/16/19 11:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As usual I am late to the Party but as I consider finally getting a proper Cell phone booster for those times when needed, I am now hesitant because of the upcoming 5G frequencies. I've got the standard answer from the manufacturer that, "in a nut shell", we are still years away but I figured I'd ask the experts whether one should wait for what's coming or just take the plunge now and get whatever number of years I can out of the current level of service? Thanks as always...


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Posted: 07/16/19 11:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am hoping the DW's and my iPhones and iPads last until 5G devices are readily available.


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Posted: 07/16/19 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The new frequencies are short range, it will be a long time or maybe never before they function in rural areas where a booster is a factor.


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5g is far off, but heck, I'm still buying an 8k television.

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My understanding is that in rural areas 5G may revert to LTE.

If you get a booster, try to find one that uses Mimo (multiple antennas).

Using a booster may sometimes slow the data rates down, even if there is an improvement in signal.


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if you are far enough away to need a booster you currently are WAY away from any 5G. In fact if your out of the central area of major cities, you are far away from 5G.

I can't currently imagine camping in any area near 5G service.

4G another story


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At this time the boosters are not being made for 5G.

NOt sure what frequencies 5G uses but Well "Short distance" Let's just say many have been suprised at how "Short" a distance is..
I mean it was not that long ago that the FCC gave we Hams most all frequencies below 160 Meters in wave lenbth (That means abobe about 1.5 MHZ saying "They will never get out of their back yards with those high frequencies")

Well we did.. I've got several cards from stations on the other side of the ocean. (Contact confirmation or QSL cards).


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ktmrfs,

The "only game in town" in the winter where I live would have 5G service as it is in an urban area.

I do agree that rural is not going to see 5G at the high frequencies.

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I think I pretty well knew that I could go with the WE-Boost and be happy for many years with 4G....heck, I was late getting 4G. Thanks for the info!

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