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Does The Pixel 6a Have 5G? Sub-6 & mmWave Options, Explained

If you purchase the Pixel 6a unlocked from the Google Store, that version of the phone will only work with sub-6 5G networks. Sub-6 5G is the lowest tier of 5G coverage. It’s not a dramatic speed increase over 4G LTE, but it’s also widely available in most of the same places where LTE already works. Verizon brands its sub-6 5G as ‘Nationwide 5G,’ T-Mobile calls it ‘Extended Range 5G,’ and it’s marketed simply as ‘5G’ on AT&T.

But what if you absolutely need mmWave 5G? In that case, you’ll need to purchase the Pixel 6a sold by Verizon. Verizon’s Pixel 6a variant supports sub-6 and mmWave 5G — but it does so at a $50 premium. Where the unlocked Pixel 6a costs $449, Verizon’s Pixel 6a will set you back $499. Similarly, AT&T has confirmed that it’ll have a version of the Pixel 6a that works with its 5G and 5G+ networks. AT&T hasn’t announced pricing details quite yet, but expect it to also be more expensive than the unlocked version.

As confusing as the whole situation is, it’s not one you need to worry about too much. Unless you live in a major city and need the fastest data speeds possible, the unlocked Pixel 6a with sub-6 5G should be more than enough for most people. Having the option for mmWave 5G is nice, but it’s not worth spending an extra $50 and getting locked to a carrier deal.

Source: Google, AT&T

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Does The Pixel 6a Have 5G? Sub-6 & mmWave Options, Explained

If you purchase the Pixel 6a unlocked from the Google Store, that version of the phone will only work with sub-6 5G networks. Sub-6 5G is the lowest tier of 5G coverage. It’s not a dramatic speed increase over 4G LTE, but it’s also widely available in most of the same places where LTE already works. Verizon brands its sub-6 5G as ‘Nationwide 5G,’ T-Mobile calls it ‘Extended Range 5G,’ and it’s marketed simply as ‘5G’ on AT&T.

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But what if you absolutely need mmWave 5G? In that case, you’ll need to purchase the Pixel 6a sold by Verizon. Verizon’s Pixel 6a variant supports sub-6 and mmWave 5G — but it does so at a $50 premium. Where the unlocked Pixel 6a costs $449, Verizon’s Pixel 6a will set you back $499. Similarly, AT&T has confirmed that it’ll have a version of the Pixel 6a that works with its 5G and 5G+ networks. AT&T hasn’t announced pricing details quite yet, but expect it to also be more expensive than the unlocked version.
As confusing as the whole situation is, it’s not one you need to worry about too much. Unless you live in a major city and need the fastest data speeds possible, the unlocked Pixel 6a with sub-6 5G should be more than enough for most people. Having the option for mmWave 5G is nice, but it’s not worth spending an extra $50 and getting locked to a carrier deal.

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Source: Google, AT&T

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