5G Moto VZ 230Add-on to come next year, at unknown price. It's the existing, not very impressive $480 Lenovo-Motorola Z3 and a promise of an add-on with a Qualcomm X50 modem. As you can see in the picture, the module is designed to snap on.

Ted Rappaport promises 5G phones by Xmas, but the quantity will be limited. The industry expectation has been "some" production units in the first half but quantities would be severely limited until the second half.

Verizon's suggestion these will be readily available early in the year is surprising. The whole 5G schedule has already been pulled up by a year, an extraordinary achievement in an almost unbelievably complicated product.

 

Modular, upgradeable phones like this have been around for a long time. They've never found much of a market. You generally take a performance hit if you only upgrade part of the phone. New phone prices kept coming down; if you needed a new function you probably bought a new phone.

A brilliant pr move calling this a 5G phone when it can't do 5G.

dave askAugust 2018 Verizon's $20B 5G build is starting to add customers in 2018. Gigabit LTE & Massive MIMO became real in 2017 and enow expanding worldwide. Almost all the other "5G" is mid-band, 70%-90% slower + hype. Europe is mostly pr. The term 5G has been bastardized, unfortunately.

Being a reporter is a great job for a geek. I'm not an engineer but I've learned from some of the best, including the primary inventors of DSL, cable modems, MIMO, Massive MIMO, and now 5G mmWave. Since 1999, I've done my best to get closer to the truth about broadband.

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 5G Why Verizon thinks differently and what to do about it is a new report I wrote for STL Partners and their clients.

STL Partners, a British consulting outfit I respect, commissioned me to ask why. That report is now out. If you're a client, download it here. If not, and corporate priced research is interesting to you, ask me to introduce you to one of the principals.

It was fascinating work because the answers aren't obvious. Lowell McAdam's company is spending $20B to cover 30M+ homes in the first stage. The progress in low & mid-band, both "4G" and "5G," has been remarkable. In most territories, millimeter wave will not be necessary to meet expected demand.

McAdam sees a little further. mmWave has 3-4X the capacity of low and mid-band. He sees an enormous marketing advantage: unlimited services, even less congestion, reputation as the best network. Verizon testing found mmWave rate/reach was twice what had been estimated. All prior cost estimates need revision.

My take: even if mmWave doesn't fit in your current budget, telcos should expand trials and training to be ready as things change. The new cost estimates may be low enough to change your mind.