C114 News, January 8th (Special Author Zhang Yunlai) With the continuous and rapid expansion of the scale of 5G network coverage, at the peak of the centralized replacement of phones on New Year’s Day and Spring Festival, the discussion about whether to upgrade from 4G mobile phones to 5G mobile phones has begun to be heated again. stand up. So is it the right time to change to a 5G mobile phone? We start with several objective conditions such as network, package, and mobile phone performance to help you analyze it.
1. 5G network coverage is getting stronger and stronger
Although there will be the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in 2020, the construction speed of the 5G network of the three major operators has not been affected. On the contrary, the construction tasks of the whole year have been exceeded ahead of schedule. Public data on the network shows that the three major operators have built and opened a total of nearly 800,000 5G grassroots units, achieving network coverage in prefecture-level cities and some key counties and cities across the country.
Although the three major operators have not announced specific 5G network construction plans in 2021, the three major operators have provided general goals in various official reports. In addition, the analysis of relevant experts from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology believes that the construction target of the three major operators’ 5G base stations will reach 1 million in 2021, and the 5G network coverage of all county-level cities and key towns will be basically achieved by then.
As long as there is 5G network coverage, only 5G mobile phones can experience the ultra-high Internet experience of 5G technology. In fact, even if the continuous coverage capability of the 5G network is still lacking, this does not affect the Internet function of 5G mobile phones. After all, 5G mobile phones can also use 4G networks. So from this perspective, as long as your budget is sufficient, it is completely appropriate to switch to a 5G mobile phone now.
Second, 5G exclusive packages are getting cheaper
In early November 2019, the three major operators officially commercialized 5G and simultaneously launched 5G packages. Although we are not sure about the consensus of the three major operators, the final result is that the 5G packages of the three are highly similar. The cheapest or entry-level 5G package is around 120 yuan, and the specific content such as traffic and voice is also roughly the same.
Is this package expensive? It is equivalent to the spending power of 50-60 yuan/month for users of the entire network. The 5G entry package is indeed not affordable for ordinary people. The number of high-end users with a consumption capacity of more than 120 yuan/month is limited, and naturally they cannot support the operators’ 5G construction and maintenance costs. Discount sales have become an inevitable operation for operators.
Since the beginning of this year, operators have introduced a 30% discount for 5G packages. However, even this coverage of the population is very limited. Therefore, there is room for further price reductions. In addition to discounts, operators have also put up a 5G package package for 30 yuan including 30GB of data, and for some government and enterprise customers, they have also launched a more favorable 5G package.
In fact, the unit price of 5G traffic is more favorable than the unit price of 4G traffic. If you are a big data consumer, and your average monthly communication consumption expenditure can reach 80 yuan, then it is more cost-effective to change your mobile phone package to a 5G package, even if your mobile phone is not a 5G mobile phone, there is no problem. After all, 4G mobile phones can also use 5G packages. Of course, it is even more necessary to change to a 5G mobile phone at this time.
Third, the cost-effectiveness of 5G mobile phones is getting higher and higher
5G mobile phones have been reduced from the extremely high price of 12,000 yuan in 2018 to around 1,000 yuan at the end of 2020. On the one hand, the price of mobile phones has been greatly reduced, and on the other hand, the performance of mobile phones has been continuously improved. Regarding the performance of 5G mobile phones, you can get a glimpse of this from the original 5G “warm phones”. The poor heat dissipation of mobile phones certainly means that the performance is not high.
One side is the price reduction and the other is the performance improvement, so the sex ratio of 5G mobile phones has naturally increased. The price of 5G mobile phones on the market is becoming more and more competitive. Among the price range of less than 2,000 yuan, there are already many types of 5G mobile phones. In this price space, the optional 4G mobile phones and 5G mobile phones are roughly the same even if they are not equal.
If the readers’ budget for replacing their mobile phones has exceeded 3,000 yuan, 4G phones with more than 3,000 yuan on the market are already very limited. On the contrary, 5G phones in this field are definitely worthy of serious choice. Very objectively speaking, in the field of high-end mobile phones, 5G mobile phones have completely taken the upper hand. Therefore, the higher the budget, the stronger the confidence in choosing 5G mobile phones.
Therefore, if you have already decided to replace your 4G mobile phone, and you are still hesitating whether to choose a 5G mobile phone, then we recommend that you change it directly to a 5G mobile phone. Even if you use the replaced 5G mobile phone as a 4G mobile phone, there is no problem. After all, 4G mobile phones are much more likely to be eliminated in the next two or one year than 5G mobile phones. Therefore, if you have already decided to change your phone, you must change your 5G mobile phone.
Although many people will raise the real problem of the lack of 5G-specific applications, this does not affect the specific functions of 5G mobile phones. After all, 5G mobile phones have both 4G and 5G mobile phone functions, while 4G mobile phones are not compatible with 5G. Therefore, considering the above aspects, it is of course necessary to choose a 5G mobile phone with more advanced technology and better comprehensive utility to spend the same price. (Zhang Yunlai is the contributing author of C114)