Despite the relentless marketing of 5G phones and the fact that it spent more than $ 45 billion to offer a new, faster range, Verizon support now advises people on Twitter to turn off the phone’s 5G access to conserve battery life.
In a tweet on Sunday morning, Verizon support helpful suggested that “one way to save battery life is to turn on LTE” if users found that the batteries “drained faster than normal.” This step would of course turn off 5G in a phone that has it available. It is also worth noting that you do not actually “turn on LTE” when doing this step ̵
Twitter users naturally pointed out that switching to just LTE would mean turning off 5G (which is available in some newer phones), but the helpful support person said it was important to troubleshoot “steps to find the root cause of any speed issues,” And added that Verizon “quickly launches more 5G sites and continuously updates to improve speed.” Verizon’s nationwide 5G network uses a technology called DSS, which in many cases is actually slower than the LTE network it seeks to replace.
Verizon announced its major 5G plans for 2021 last month, after formally launching its next-generation network in October 2020. One of its top priorities is to expand its ultra-fast mmWave coverage, which is currently limited to parts of some cities in the US. It also depends a lot on how close you are to a Verizon 5G website.
Both Verizon and AT&T spent a lot of money in the FCC’s auction 107, bidding on the C-band spectrum. Verizon spent $ 45.4 billion – twice as much as AT & T’s $ 23.4 billion. AT & T’s current nationwide 5G network also relies on DSS at speeds closer to or lower than 4G LTE.
The new frequencies will not be available until the end of 2021, and will only be available in limited locations.