We can expect the first 5G smartphones to arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2019, with manufacturers debuting their next-generation handsets at the Mobile World Congress in February. Last summer saw the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalizing preparations for the spectrum that would be developed alongside the rollout of 5G connectivity, including 28GHz, 37GHz, and 39GHz bands. We are going to see some of the usual issues that happen when moving to a next-generation wireless standard on new bands. Expect the first devices to be expensive and suffer from battery life issues, frequently reverting to 4G connections because of the limited 5G network coverage. While 5G chipset availability will pose a problem for smartphones, it appears that the first devices will be on sale earlier rather than later next year. That said, 5G is still not expected to be fully functional until 2020, and then followed by a five-year period in which it will expand across the world, so 4G will remain the dominant technology. The new devices are going to be expensive and their contracts are also going to come at a hefty premium. Since initially the technology won't be widespread – 5G networks will first go live in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Las Vegas, DC, and Houston – mobile operators will charge their earliest customers a lot for 5G while they try to get a quick return on their investments in completing the network upgrades. So what does all of this mean? The internet connectivity revolution is coming whether you are ready or not, and the professional and personal need for a stronger, denser 5G mobile connectivity will have to be heeded. Expect the Internet of Things (IoT) to be a multi-trillion dollar industry in the next decade with its coming out party next spring when 5G is officially rolled out.