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Do I have to buy a new phone?

I keep getting text messages on my Straight Talk phone that it is not going to work anymore when they start using 5G.

Is that true? Will it not work for anything, even just on WiFi?

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nope

may not work for 5g but it will still continue to work with the current 4g for years.

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Get 4g

Don't have experience with 5G but I am good with 4G.

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5G networks

There is no need to buy a 5G enabled phone anytime soon. There are only limited markets that support the newer technology and even less # of handsets capable of utilizing it. The only users that might be required are those without LTE/VOLTE technology using 3G devices. .

OP, which phone model/manufacturer are you using ??

Post was last edited on June 21, 2019 7:40 AM PDT

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It will continue to work

If your phones not compatible with 5G then you will be able to continue using 4G

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I Watched Jessica's 5G Review

Some of my take-aways are that 5G is NOT really "right around the corner". They can't "flip a switch" and, voila, 5G. They have to have special boxes on poles for 5G. Jessica indicated in her tests, that she needed "line-of-sight" to the box. Sounds like, at least for starters, you won't get 5G inside a building unless there is an antenna inside the building. And I heard the range isn't there, yet. Do you even NEED 5G? Right now 4G/LTE is the standard but if you have a 3G or prior phone, you can still use that. It's just slower. WiFi has NOTHING to do with 5G. If your phone has WiFi, then you can continue to use it regardless of 3G, 4G, 5G issues. Think about it. If you are using the WiFi connection with your phone, it has ZERO to do with your carrier.. It's between your phone and your ROUTER at home (or at Starbucks). Those are two separate things. It sounds like you received a marketing text. If you have any doubts, you can always go to one of their stores and ask. To me, 5G is still only in very limited areas, there are no towers or boxes on poles near me and 4G services don't seem to be able to support 5G which needs to be a lot closer. If 3G is still supported, it may be a while before support for 4G goes away. iPhones won't even have 5G until 2020. You might want to ask the carrier if, lets say, you buy a 5G phone: will you have to pay for the premium 5G service plan (expected at $10 per month now). So, do you have a 5G tower on a pole within 200 feet of you right now?

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5G for all is way down the road

If you have a phone built in the last six or so years, it's using 3G and 4G carrier communications which are everywhere and aren't likely to be abandoned any time soon. Wi-fi is independent of the system your phone carrier uses, so that's nothing to worry about.

However ... if you have a really old 2G phone, like my wife's Sanyo S1 that she had to get when her old 1G analog service was dropped by Sprint a decade or more ago, that may be an issue. Last year, Sprint sent out emails saying that her phone would be dropped off their system some time in the following year (it hasn't happened yet and we aren't worrying about it until the time comes), and I think they will drop 2G service when they eventually start upgrading to 5G. If you have a really old 2G phone, that may be your case, too.

My advice would be to continue to keep your eye on the issue and determine if your particular phone will be affected. Call the carrier. Ask them if your service will be dropped and why. If they descend into obscure geek speak or obfuscate to the point of total misunderstanding, this might be a good time to tell them you're going to another carrier if you can't get a straight answer. When I tell the local Sprint office I've been a customer since 1998 and my wife since before then, they usually listen to me.
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Do i have to buy a new phone?

After reading this post, I think I have been taken by Tracfone. They informed me that my phone won't work by the end of this year, cause of changing network. The carrier was Verizon, so I thought Verizon was dropping them. Nothing was mentioned about 5G. So I bought another phone.

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Please post the model of your old phone.

There are 2G phones that did stop working on ATT networks and soon other carriers.

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Keep in mind...

that if your TF account is utilizing the Verizon network, Verizon has announced that 2G/3G devices will be shut down by the end of 2019 based on announcements by them. TF doesn't own their own network, they are an MVNO and lease their network service from the big carriers.

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4g hope can be used, 5g phone more powerful

technology is developing! just make it more powerful, will not give up old one.
so if you have enough money, can change a new one. downloading is much faster. LOL

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