It's crazy stupid fast

What is 5G?

Simply put, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile network delivering a massive leap forward in both speed and quality. Its super-fast speeds, capacity and low lag mean more people will get more data, more quickly. It’s game-changing for the way we use data for movies, apps, downloads, high definition video streaming and gaming.

How fast is 5G?

When we say fast, we mean warp speed fast. We are talking speeds of up to 1Gbps (in lab conditions). This means your mobile connection might be able to replace you expensive fixed line broadband. No more paying twice for data.

What difference will 5G make?

It’s not just about speed. 5G is going to drastically change our future. You should get awesome phone coverage in busy places, packed trains or festival crowds. The great thing about 5G is it’s super low latency meaning a doctor can operate on you remotely or you could have a tattoo artist in Cali inking you in Brighton.

Who needs it?

Early adopters, anyone looking for raw speed and people who live in dense urban areas fed up with current 4G problems, such as when you appear to have a full signal but nothing happens when you tap a link.

Where can I get it?

EE is launching its 5G network in the busiest areas of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Later this year other areas will join, in Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Vodafone is kicking off its 5G network in parts of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. Later this year it will flick the switch in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

Three will launch in the following 25 towns and cities towards the end of the year:

London, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland and Wolverhampton.

They are shouting about their spectrum block which could mean they can give the fastest speeds. They are also rolling out 5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) to Three Broadband (formally Relish) customers in Q3 this year with a trial ongoing in Camden now.

O2 5G is on its way. They will begin the rollout of the 5G network this year in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, before rolling out to other areas from 2020.

Do I need a new phone?

Yes. To access a 5G network you need a smartphone with a 5G modem. There are a handful now on sale, including Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G, LG’s V50, Oppo Reno 5G and a few others.

What 5G-ready phones are currently available?

While you can’t buy many 5G phones yet in the UK at the time of writing, some have been announced and will be going on sale very soon – in fact a few can already be pre-ordered and one is on sale. Below you’ll find information on the handsets which have now been announced and when to expect them in the UK.

5G Phone


Release date

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G May, 2019 Pre-order on EE

LG V50 ThinQ

February, 2019

Pre-order on EE

Huawei Mate X

February, 2019

Second half 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

February, 2019

Pre-order on EE

Pre-order on Vodafone

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G February, 2019 Pre-order on Vodafone
ZTE Axon 10 Pro February, 2019 Second half 2019
Oppo Reno 5G April, 2019 Pre-order on EE
Huawei Mate 20 X February, 2019 Mid-2019
Royole FlexPai November, 2018 Out now (5G coming later)

Are you going full 5G?

Let us know in the comments your thoughts on 5G. is it all hype or will it truly mean no more wires and and a truly mobile experience for high def gaming, streaming and remote tattoos?