Warning! Your Phone Case May Damage the Performance of your 5G Cell Phone

Why do phone cases affect the 5G signal?

Some of you may have found out that certain phone cases do not work well with the 4G signal, let alone 5G. In a similar way to Wi-Fi signals, the faster the speed, the more sensitive they can be to objects and the 5G signal is exactly the same, which means that you have to be more careful about your choice of phone case. Read on to find out more.

What is 5G?

What’s the difference between 5G and other networks?

Just like 2G, 3G, and 4G, 5G is also a digital cellular network. What makes 5G stand out is that its data transfer rate is significantly faster than the other cellular networks, in fact it’s 100 times faster than 4G LTE.

What’s are the disadvantages of 5G?

One of the biggest concerns is that 5G has very limited transfer distances, much shorter than 4G and consequently the 5G signal requires more cell base stations to cover the same area when compared to 4G. And even though 5G is fast, it can suffer from propagation loss during data transfer.

How to avoid 5G data transfer interference?

Having said that, you don’t need to worry too much about looking for open spaces, which can be difficult living in cities. As the main network companies create the infrastructure for the 5G network, engineers use computers to project signal paths using digital maps and models. They are able to figure out the best way to deploy 5G base stations in an area and maximize cellular coverage and in many countries, this is already underway.

How do you know if your phone case is 5G compatible?

Some of you may wonder: hey, 5G is not here yet, so how does someone tell if my 5G phone is working on 5G with a case on? That’s a good point. Even though there are no standards or licensing rules for phone cases just yet, you should still follow some simple guidelines to find the most suitable case for your new shiny phone.

The 5G rollout is still in its infancy

The 5G network is far from being everywhere. You don’t just need a 5G cell phone, you also have to subscribe to a 5G network service from your carrier and be in the area where 5G network is available. So far, just a few of the big carriers are offering a 5G service and the coverage is extremely limited. Even if you have purchased the newest Samsung Galaxy S20, it might be difficult to actually check whether it works with 5G or not.

No standards for 5G-compatible phone cases

There are still a number of issues for 5G network companies to solve, therefore, the phone case, as an accessory, is more of an afterthought at this stage. Even though some phone case makers brand their cases as 5G compatible, there are no standards in place. This is even more obvious when you consider Samsung, one of the leading brands making 5G cell phones, as of today, they do not offer phone cases specially made for 5G phones.

Do all phone cases block 5G signal?

How many signals can a 5G cell phone maintain with a case on? It’s still in the testing phase, but research has shown that some phone cases cause more signal loss than others. Take 4G for example, different cases can have a dramatic effect on network performance and download speeds. And it’s a similar situation for 5G, the signal is faster, but far more delicate and prone to interruption. If a phone case blocks a 4G signal, then the chances are that it will also block the 5G signal as well. So, clearly, there are phone cases that are not 5G friendly.

Phone cases you should avoid

- Cases made from conductive materials

Get Ready for the 5G Network with these Aramid Phone Cases

The PITAKA Air Case and MagEZ Case are both made from military-grade aramid fiber. Ultra-thin and very stylish whilst still providing protection and they do not affect signal strength at all.

Aramid fiber is not conductive

Aramid fiber is a class of man-made strong synthetic fibers with high performance characteristics. They were originally developed for use within aerospace and military applications. High-strength, incredibly resistant to abrasion and organic solvents, with no melting point, and most importantly, non-conductive which means that Aramid cases do not interfere with the 4G cellular signal, and in that sense, it will cause little 5G signal loss compared with phone cases made from other materials.

Thin enough to go unnoticed

At approximately 0.85mm thick and weighing in at just 15g, the aramid case is incredibly thin and almost as light as a sheet of paper. You will think your phone is naked even though it has a case on. With these characteristics, you can be assured that this phone case is not going to disrupt your signal.

In Conclusion

5G is currently the fastest growing technology and it is set to change the world. More and more 5G products are emerging on the market and 5G cell phones are amongst the hottest of them all. Everyone is excited about the tremendous change that the 5G network will bring, but keep in mind that it’s not as easy to use the 5G network as 4G.

About the Author

Experienced in network and electronics industry. Been a fan of smart home product for years. Exploring ways to make life as convenient as possible is the greatest joy. KISS, “Keep it Simple, Stupid”, is not just a design principle but also the principle of my living.

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