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From phones and computers, to smart homes, IoT, and autonomous cars — this is how 5G will impact our world.

Super-fast phone data speeds. Self-driving cars. Smarter homes. Streaming movies, music, and games with zero lag. These are just a some of the new and improved technologies we can expect to see in our lives in the near future, and tying them all together is a next-generation network known as 5G. As with 4G and 3G before it, 5G will deliver faster speeds for all of our devices, but that’s just one part of the story. 5G will allow our devices and services — the Internet of Things, or IOT — to interconnect seamlessly. Things that were once complex to operate and manage, like autonomous cars, drones, and the smart home, will become easier to use and manage at a massive scale. Here’s everything you need to know about 5G.

The TCL 50 XE 5G.

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OnePlus Nord N300 5G speed test.

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Cell phone tower shooting off pink beams with a 5G logo next to it.

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The T-Mobile logo on a smartphone.

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Moto G 5G (2024) in Sage Green showing notifications.

This 5G phone just had its price slashed to $150 for a limited time

Someone using the Moto G Stylus 5G (2024).

What is 5G? Speeds, coverage, comparisons, and more

A photo of the AT&T logo on a building.

AT&T now makes you pay even more for its fastest 5G speeds

The Visible logo on a smartphone.

Visible’s affordable 5G plans just got even cheaper

ZTE Flip 5G color options.

This new folding phone costs less than half the price of the iPhone 15 Pro Max

T-Mobile 5G home internet router on tabletop with a person's hand plugging in the power adapter in the background.

5G home internet: What is it, and should you get it?

Visible wireless phones and plans featured

Visible just made its unlimited 5G plan better than ever

OnePlus Nord N300 5G speed test.

How fast is 5G? What you need to know about 5G speeds

The Moto G 5G laying on a table.

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Your Motorola Moto G 5G (2023) will look even better with a high-quality case. Here are the best ones you can buy today.
U.S. map illustrating T-Mobile's 5G Ultra Capacity network expansion.

Have T-Mobile? Your 5G service is about to get much faster

If you're a T-Mobile customer, we have good news: Your 5G service is about to get a big speed upgrade. Here's why.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X80 Modem-RF chip.

Your next phone could get a huge 5G upgrade, thanks to AI

Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon X80 and FastConnect 7900 chips take 5G and Wi-Fi technology to new heights thanks to the power of AI.
TCL Linkkey IK511 5G Dongle against a blue background.

This tiny dongle will change 5G connectivity forever

TCL's new Linkkey IK511 is small dongle with 5G connectivity, and it's a pretty big deal. Here's why.
A photo of the AT&T logo on a building.

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Large 5G cellular tower with multiple mmWave transceivers against a blue sky.

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Cell phone tower shooting off pink beams with a 5G logo next to it.

T-Mobile just set another 5G speed record

T-Mobile is staying ahead of the game and changing the rules with powerful new 5G technologies that will help it reach even greater peak speeds.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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A portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Verizon store front displays the 5G network in NYC.

Verizon just took a huge leap ahead in the 5G race

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5G logo on the Motorola Edge (2022).

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Helium Mobile $20/month plan banner showing a happy woman against a pink background.

You can now get unlimited 5G for just $20 a month — with a twist

Helium Mobile's new $20 monthly unlimited 5G service is an affordable plan that lets you be part of building the 5G network.
Someone using a MacBook Pro on a table in front of a scenic background.

Steve Jobs killed this MacBook feature 15 years ago. Now it might be back

Apple is working on 5G MacBooks, a new report claims. If true, the change could massively improve your connectivity while you’re away from Wi-Fi networks.
MediaTek M60 5G RedCap Modem.

This new MediaTek chip is about to bring 5G to a lot more devices

MediaTek's new RedCap modem promises to bring 5G connectivity to a new generation of wearables and IoT devices.
A person holding the Google Pixel 8 showing the screen.

Have an Android phone? You can get unlimited 5G service for free

One of the best things about eSIM is how easy is to get a new plan up and running on your smartphone. Now, Visible is making it even easier.
The home screen on the Apple iPhone 15 Plus.

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T-Mobile smartphone.

T-Mobile still has the fastest 5G, but its rivals are catching up

For most of 2023, 5G speeds among the big three carriers have been fairly stable, but this may only be true at the very top end of the 5G speed race.
TCL 20 Pro 5G's screen.

Prime Day deals slash the price of this Android phone to $190

The TCL 20 Pro 5G, an Android-powered smartphone with a gorgeous 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, is available for just $190 from Amazon's Prime Day deals.
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OnePlus Nord N300 5G speed test.

T-Mobile’s huge lead in 5G speeds isn’t going anywhere

T-Mobile still enjoys a healthy lead over its rivals, but it also looks like we may be reaching peak 5G.
Cell phone tower shooting off pink beams with a 5G logo next to it.

The 5G speed race is over and T-Mobile has won

Opensignal's latest 5G experience report shows T-Mobile continues to dominate in download speeds and coverage, but are those the only metrics that count?