T-Mobile's 5G is set to launch, and may be the real deal (The Daily Charge, 12/2/2019)
The Daily Charge
5G has been a disappointment so far but T-Mobil is set to launch nationwide coverage on Friday.
We break down what this all means for you, stick around for your Daily Charge.
Good morning and welcome to the Daily Charge, it's Monday, December 2nd, I'm Roger Cheng.
I'm Alfred Ng.
And here are today's headlines.
[SOUND] TMobile launch its so called low band 5g network on Friday offering consumers nationwide coverage for the first time.
This flavor 5g has much better range but the speeds aren't stellar.
The carrier estimates will get about a 20% speed boost on average.
You also need one of two new compatible devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus 5g And the 1 plus 7/10 pro 5G MacLaren, both available for pre-order today, and both are a mouthful.
But they don't come cheap, the note 10 costs $1300 while the one plus costs $900.
Alfred are you saving your pennies for 5G?
What is the rush?
Just roll it out when it's ready, don't give me this fake low band version of it or whatever where I can only get it on two phones.
I don't need it right now, my internet is pretty fast already as it is, I don't like, stop giving me this fake 5G, just I can wait, all right.
I don't understand this.>> Well, for what this is, this is real 5G.
This is not the fake 5G that 18T was [UNKNOWN]
Okay.>> So it's not 5GE, but to your point, I think that's for most consumers, they should wait, they should stick around.
I don't think they should buy these phones.
But these carriers do need to roll these networks out they need they need to get them out physically they need to get basically people willing to test them, or else these networks the next version, the networks that are more palatable for mainstream consumers are gonna get rolled out.
So that's it's the same deal with five G's for the rest of the year as for this year is basically You're trying it out you're probably the pig so so this isn't like a YouTube commenters like syndrome where they're like they all want to be first for like the carriers are no no, I mean this is actually like you'll you'll get legit coverage.
This is different from the previous launches which have basically been like, if you get service here and walk 20 feet you won't get service anymore.
You actually get coverage everywhere.
It just won't be as fast.
Yeah, but it's only like 20% faster.
20% faster, which is not a huge bump at all.
That's not the 5g I was promised.
That is not the 5g that we were all promised.
No, but it's a start and at least At least we're getting coverage which is more than we could say about some of the deployments that have come out.
I suppose 4.2G doesn't sound as exciting.
4.2G is underselling a little bit.
It's 20% more that's what point two would be.
I guess you're right.
Next up, Black Friday was another monster sales day buoyed by things like Apple laptops, Samsung TVs, and the Nintendo Switch.
Black Friday turned out to be the second largest online sales day ever.
And likely will be topped today on Cyber Monday.
Today total online holiday sales will likely hit 143.7 billion dollars ,according to Adobe.
That's up 14.1% from last year.
[UNKNOWN] where were you doing your Black Friday.
Actually, yeah, I,
Which actually had deals.
Salvation Army was also half off and I bought like two jackets that I also didn't need.
In the spirit of Black Friday of just buying stuff that you don't need.
There you go.
I bought a bunch of stuff, probably what I didn't need, but.
Still bought it online though I didn't go anywhere physical.
You absolutely should not.
I mean support a local business you should do that for sure.
But you shouldn't go to a mall.
I tried going your mall just getting near was depressing and horrifying.
Yeah surprisingly even the Salvation Army was packed.
They didn't let me camp out outside of it unfortunately.
When did the doors open?
I actually know this of the top of my head that like Salvation Army is open at 10 AM and closed at 7 PM.
There you go.
I go there pretty frequently.
I mean, this was different because it was Black Friday so they closed at 5 PM that day.
Also is upstate New York, so it might have been like different hours there.
But most of them close by 7 PM.
Lastly, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were on CBS this Morning.
Where he once again defended Facebook stance, on letting politicians run ads with lies in them.
He also touched upon that secret dinner with President Donald Trump.
But in a real awkward exchange with Gayle King, didn't offer any Details.
It's surprising that he's still sticking to this point, because this is a talking point he's talked about for a while now, where we should let politicians run whatever they wanna run-
And we should let the people decide.
Decide it, because that's That's essentially what happened in 2016, but not politicians running it.
It's weird that they take down lies if it's posted by a nation state, or if it's posted by people pretending to be somebody else, or normal advertisement.
But But in political ads somehow that seems to be okay where other content they say, this is clearly a lie and I'm not gonna let you advertise on this, but when a politician happens to do this, wow wow, let people decide that.
And it's worth a note that Twitter has already banned political ads.
You know, other companies have taken action.
There's mounting pressure on Facebook at this point to figure out or do something about it.
I mean there's a lot of concern around taking down political ads in general.
Like when Twitter did it, I mean obviously people saw that as a response to Facebook's stance.
But it did bring up some issues around the fact that if you take down all political ads, or if you don't accept any political ads, then you know.
You run into the issue of what if I want to run an ad on climate change or what if I want>>Right, right>>to run an add on abortion rights, or something like that.
That's a political topic and now I can get my view on that out there but I mean, there's a whole lot of different ways to do it.
I think Twitter took the whole stance of the we're just going to get rid of it all.
Facebook has been open to you know, saying we're not going to allow for political targeting for something like that and for political ads anymore.
But yeah, it's a very nuanced issue and I mean, one of the first things they could start doing is at least fact checking them yeah, matter.
I think that is kind of the issue maybe it is too difficult to get those fact checked constantly.>>Yes, it's almost like a multibillion dollar company has some sort of responsiblitity to the truth and maybe should be investing some of those resources into it.>>Maybe, it's a silly thought but maybe.>>Yes.>>For the Daily Charge, I'm Roger Cheng>>I'm Alfred Ng.>>Thanks for joining us.