BryanB

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5G is the future, but it is certainly not the present. For now, 4G LTE will have to be good enough as we await the major cell carriers to roll out 5G networking across the United States. Once this blazing-fast next generation wireless standard becomes ubiquitous, it won't just revolutionize mobile internet, but it can potentially disrupt home internet too. Yes, the future may spell trouble for traditional cable-based ISPs.

Motorola and Verizon seem anxious to sell 5G phones to consumers, as the upcoming Moto Z3 -- which is exclusive to the carrier -- shows us. No, the Android smartphone does not contain a 5G radio -- it is still a 4G phone. However, Motorola promises a future "Moto Mod" that will snap onto the rear and enable Verizon 5G wireless connectivity. Since this radio dongle will likely drain the device’s battery, it contains its own 2000 mAh battery. The phone has the typical internals that you'd expect -- a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM.

To the dismay of some consumers, the 5G Moto Mod will not be available until 2019. While I understand the desire to have the latest and greatest, the add-on would be pointless today. I mean, think about it -- there currently isn't a 5G network on which it can operate. Unfortunately, we do not know how much the 5G upgrade dongle will cost. It may be pricey, however, as early adopters usually pay a premium for emerging technologies.

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