FP3(+). No support to 5G
Fairphone 3(+) (FP3(+)) does not support 5G. Unfortunately, we are unable to add support to 5G in FP3(+) with a future software update or upgrade hardware component.
There were two main reasons for this choice. The first one is that at the moment of launch, in 2019, the real-life performance over 4G/LTE technology didn't justify the higher costs. Because of the China–U.S. trade war, 5G has been implemented very slowly by the network carriers across Europe.
The 5G connections include two different technologies:
- (So-called) Sub-6GHz - This increases the number of available bands that a device can use to transfer data to the network. Latency is also expected to be lower when compared to 4G/LTE.
- mmWave - This technology is expected to be a drastic improvement over the current technology. However, in 2020 most of the devices supporting 5G did not support the mmWave technology. The same was also true for the network operators.
Here you can find more information on 5G technology.