Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro now support Verizon C-Band 5G

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro now support Verizon C-Band 5G

AT&T and Verizon switched on their C-Band 5G networks back in January, giving the carriers a proper competitor to T-Mobile’s speedy mid-band 5G. However, phones also need to be updated with the proper firmware support before connecting to C-Band 5G, which has been a slower process. Two more phones have now been added to the list, though — the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

George Koroneos at Verizon confirmed on Monday that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro “have officially been certified to work on Verizon’s 5G C-Band network.” Both phones should receive an update enabling C-Band, but there’s nothing yet on Google’s OTA images or factory images pages (or Verizon’s software update page).

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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are still waiting on the March Feature Drop/March security patch, which will also upgrade the phones to Android 12L. It’s not clear if the update coming today is the Feature Drop, or if Pixel 6 owners will have to wait a little while longer for that. Update: The C-Band 5G update is part of the March Feature Drop/Android 12L upgrade, see this article for more details.

The C-band spectrum operates between around 3.7 and 4.2 GHz, offering a middle ground between the slow far-reaching bands (like those often used for LTE and sub-6GHz 5G) and fast short-range bands (like the ones utilized by mmWave 5G). Verizon and AT&T’s rollouts are somewhat similar to T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G deployments, which helped boost 5G speeds in some parts of the United States.

Google confirmed in a new support article that “earlier 5G-capable Pixel models have C-band capable hardware and are enabled for operation in certain countries.” However, C-Band 5G will not be enabled in the United States on the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, or Pixel 5a.

Verizon’s C-Band 5G network is only available to subscribers with a “5G Get More,” “5G Play More,” or “5G Do More” plane to access C-Band — the cheapest “5G Start” wireless plan is left out.

Source: Google

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