It’s my first month in Taipei. I’m trying to set up my mobile phone and internet. I was looking forward faster 5G internet, but from what I can tell, I’d be better off with 4G. Am I missing something?
I do animation and video work. I need to regularly upload and download large files. I’m from Hong Kong, where I had 25-30mbs speeds. It was adequate for my work, but not great. My building in TW can’t install 5G cables. So my only 5G option is a hotspot via mobile phone.
Unfortunately, the 5G plans I’ve seen limit the hotspot speeds to 10Mbps after you reach their modest data limit. It seems like I’d enjoy blazing speed for a few days, and the rest of the month would be too slow for professional work. That’s practically useless (at least to me).
Slowing speeds down to tenth or hundredth of what you enjoyed seems like such a bad deal for consumers, it makes me wonder I’m just getting a bad translation. Phrases like “speeds up to” “limited to” don’t translate very well. And regardless of language, ISPs generally use vague or obscure phrasing for the particulars of how the data limits work.
I find it strange that these plans wouldn’t let you switch to lower 5G speeds after you reach the data limit. If my math is right, even 1/10th of 5G would be something like 100Mbps. That would still be a good option for people like me. Instead TW tmobile companies seem to slow down consumers’ bandwidth about 100 times! Not as strange as the bird attacks I had, but whatever…
I’m also reading that the average 4G mobile speeds in Taipei are around 40-80Mbps… well above 10Mbps. Some reports claimed 119Mbps, but that seems too good to be true. I need to check reception for my area, and so forth. But an average of 60Mbps would still be double the 25-30Mbs speeds I was used to.
So… am I better off with a good 4G mobile plan? It seems like 5G is a waste of money and 4G would give me dependable and reasonably fast internet speeds.