5G is here. After months and months of anxious waiting, the technology that transforms the world of telecommunications forever has finally been launched in India. Yes, 5G did exist in other countries, but implementing the same in India took some time. The primary reason behind that was the existing legal, Government, geographical and logistical issues – all of which has been solved now.
Now that the technology is here – we all have the same question in mind. How to get 5G on my phone or how to upgrade to a 5G prepaid SIM. Well, frankly, you do not need to worry about that, especially, if you have an Airtel SIM card. Your 4G prepaid SIM card will also be handling the 5G networks on it. As a result, you need not worry about going through the entire hassle of upgrading your SIM. Airtel takes care of that for you. You can just sit back and relish the lightning-fast speeds that 5G network will now bring to your hands.
5G networks in India are based on non-standalone technology
Many people are worried that they might have to switch to a 5G SIM in order to get 5G on their phones. Hence, they ditch their existing 4G SIMs in the process. However, those are only rumours that you should not pay heed to, because the standalone 5G technology hasn’t been implemented in India. Instead, telecom companies are using the infrastructure that supports non standalone 5G.
However, you should also keep in mind that if some telecom service provider does intend to implement the standalone tech, then you would inevitably have to get rid of the 4G SIM card that supports 5G and get a new one that supports 5G instead. Regardless, implementing the standalone 5G infrastructure means that the whole network has to be built from scratch. Thus, it would take quite a significant amount of time too.
Hence, there’s absolutely no need to get a new SIM card for your 5g network right now. But, if you are not having a pleasant experience with your current service provider, what promise do you have that it will get smooth with 5G? Instead, we suggest you choose a far more popular and robust connection, in Airtel. Airtel 5G is now active too.
In addition, you can always choose to port network to Airtel and avail the 5G benefits right away! But wait, before you go away, there are a couple of pointers that you need to remember about 5G.
Get a 5G-enabled smartphone
Before you go and purchase an Airtel 5G plan or make an online recharge for a 5G plan, you need to remember that you need to get a 5G smartphone. If you are looking for 5G phones, then you would be glad to know that there is a wide range of mobile phones with different spec sheets and prices that you can choose from.
The 5G update on smartphones
Even if you have a 5G smartphone, you probably have noticed that 5G isn’t working on it, yet. Well, the problem here lies in the fact that smartphone manufacturers are yet to launch a software update that unlocks the software necessary for 5G technology to work seamlessly. Once the update gets launched, you will be able to experience the capabilities of this new age tech on your 5G smartphone very easily.
That is why, we suggest downloading and installing that one software update which you have been stalling for so long. These updates are extremely helpful in removing multiple issues with your phone – internal software bug fixes, performance issues, RAM management and more.
5G coverage is yet to be across all over the country
Although Airtel 5G is here, and is making waves, it will still take some time before the whole country is able to use Airtel 5G on their mobile phones. Regardless, you can still have it in the metro cities. Starting October 2022, Airtel has launched Airtel 5G Plus. The first lot of these services have gone live in metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Nagpur and Siliguri. Airtel has confirmed that 5G will be available across all the metro cities in India, by the end of December 2022. Furthermore, by 2023, lightning-fast 5G networks can be experienced on your devices across all the major Indian cities.
Hence, no need to get a new SIM card for 5G. We hope this article helped to clear out the concepts, and myths surrounding 5G for you.