After being launched in India around October 2022, 5G services have gained immense popularity. The operators that came up with 5G services recently are Jio and Airtel.
After being launched, 5G services were made available in only selective cities in India, such as Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata. Although 5G services are quite popular, you might not yet want to get 5G services for your devices right away. Here’s why.
As mentioned, 5G services are available for only some cities, such as Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata. If you are a Jio user or an Airtel user, and you don’t notice the 5G network signal appearing on your screen, your city probably does not have the facility yet.
As the 5G services are made available for some cities, you may reside in a specific part of cities like Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata. However, you still would need 5G network connectivity. As per the latest updates, it would take time, till March 2024, for 5G services to be available all over India.
5G speeds are not up to the mark
Before its release, it was initially promised that 5G services would deliver the speed of 1Gbps. However, most 5G services today are much slower than that. In some parts of Delhi, it was even noticed that the internet speed was sometimes more than 200Mbps, and in some places, the speed was sometimes lesser than the initial speed of what 4G services were offering.
There has also been a noticeable teething issue, and the connectivity is poor due to an insufficient number of 5G towers. So, if you are living somewhere far away from the tower, chances are that your internet connectivity and the network would be very poor. Although the companies are working with technicians to fix the issue, it might still take a lot of time to expect lightning-fast internet speed.
5G would exhaust your data plan pretty fast
Although Jio and Airtel have come up with distinct plans for the 5G connectivity it is providing; users may still avail of 5G connectivity on the existing 4G plans. However, by using 5G services on an active 4G data plan, you may notice that the data gets exhausted quickly.
So, you would have to recharge your devices with new 5G activation plans to use them for prolonged periods. Another major disadvantage would be that the 5G data plans are quite expensive compared to the 4G plans.
5G drains out your battery faster than usual
If you have previously used 5G on your devices or know someone who has, you might have noticed that using 5G drains the batteries faster than ever. But ever wondered why that happens?
The probable reason behind the battery drain could be the constant shift between your devices’ 4G and 5G networks. So, as 5G uses larger packets of data, it tends to affect and diminish the phone’s overall battery. Also, the devices would get warmer when used on the 5G networks, compared to those used on 3G or 4G modes.
So, these were some reasons you might not want to get 5G services for your devices, as several issues first need to be taken care of. So while these problems get fixed, or you finally get 5G services in your city, you may continue using the 4G services provided by your operator.