Right now, there are a few different 5G phones out there to choose from if you really wanted to. The wireless carriers have their 5G networks up and running to varying degrees, but I think it's safe to say that if you don't already have a 5G phone right now, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Waiting can be pretty frustrating when it comes to personal technology and smartphones, but I think this is one instance where it's not a bad thing at all.
But it sounds like it might be a harder thing to avoid in 2020.
A lot of companies are going to launch 5G-enabled smartphones this year. Samsung, LG, and even Apple is rumored to have 5G in at least the majority of its new smartphones expected to arrive later this year. So even if it's not a wireless technology you think you might actually reap the rewards from just yet (I'm not sure when 5G will be available in my neck of the woods, for instance), you might have a phone that can if you're in the right market.
That's probably not a bad thing, either, especially depending on how often you actually upgrade your phone. Getting a 5G phone in 2020, even if you don't have access to a 5G network this year, will mean your phone will support the wireless coverage when it does arrive in your area. There might be some caveats there, but at least you'll have access to it.
But maybe you aren't ready to make that particular leap yet. Like I said earlier it might be a bit tough to avoid a brand new phone and not get 5G on it -- especially if you want the top-tier flagship model -- but you don't have to get a 5G phone this year if you don't want to. 2020 is going to be a big rollout year for the wireless technology, sure, but it will be better in general in 2021 and beyond.
Or this could be the year you do upgrade to a 5G phone specifically for that reason! And that's what I'm wondering. Are you going to upgrade to a 5G phone this year, specifically to get access to the upgraded wireless network? And if so, which device are you planning to upgrade to? Let me know!