Verizon has finally flicked the switch that allows the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to latch on to its C-Band 5G network. In January this year, Verizon and AT&T began the deployment of their respective 5G networks on the C-Band spectrum. However, the Pixel 6 series phones haven’t yet been able to take advantage of the faster C-Band 5G airwaves.
That’s because both the phones come equipped with the necessary networking hardware to support the C-Band spectrum, but they hadn’t received an official certification yet. Verizon’s George Koroneos has now shared on Twitter that both the phones have passed the certification hurdle. And starting today, the carrier has started rolling out a firmware update for the Pixel 6 duo that enables C-Band 5G support on Google’s flagships.
Faster and more feature-rich
The software update (version SP2A.220305.013.A3) arrives with the delayed March security patch for the Pixel 6 series phones in tow. The update also brings some new Pixel features to the Pixel 6 pair such as Night Sight in the Snap camera, Live Relay for captioning calls in real time, and a battery information widget, among others. For more details, check out the complete changelog for Pixel 6’s March feature drop. Keep in mind that the C-Band 5G network will only be available to customers on an Unlimited plan with
The wait is over! @Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have officially been certified to work on @Verizon's 5G C-Band network, giving you access to the full power of
5GUltra Wideband. Phones will be updated via a software update that will begin rolling out later today. #TeamPixel pic.twitter.com/IS3UcR05Rc
— George Koroneos 🗿🍹 (@GLKCreative) March 21, 2022
For Pixel 6 users currently on a Verizon plan without 5G Ultra Wideband support, they can upgrade to experience faster C-Band
Earlier today, Verizon also announced that it is has inked deals with satellite companies to get its hands on more C-band spectrum this year. As of January 2021, Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G service that’s built on top of the C-Band spectrum covered 100 million users, but the carrier hopes to reach more than 175 million users by the end of 2022.
What is C-Band and why does it matter?
The existing cellular 5G infrastructure is divided into two tiers — the faster mmWave
Can Pixel 6 users discern when their phone is hooked to Verizon’s C-Band 5G airwaves? Going by the speed test results, yes. But the indicator situation is a little confusing, and that’s because Verizon uses the same “
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