VIRGIN Media has finally launched 5G in the UK – reaching 100 towns and cities.
It means you can now access 5G for no extra cost, if you’ve got the right handset.
Upgrade to 5G and enjoy rapid speeds – if you’ve got the right handsetCredit: Virgin Media
Cities in the rollout include London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Virgin Media is promising average speeds of 176.62Mbps, which is seriously nippy.
It’s almost certainly faster than your home broadband, unless you’ve very lucky.
Current 5G speeds in the UK can reach around 10 times higher than average 4G speeds – even as high as 500-600Mbps.
But in the future, 5G internet could be multiple times faster than that.
5G is seriously fast
It means you can download apps and games faster, stream higher-quality content with less buffering, and have enjoy video call quality.
Mobile networks are now racing to deliver 5G across the country.
“The launch of 5G is a milestone moment for us,” said Virgin Media chief Jeff Dodds.
“As the world’s first virtual mobile operator, our offering has long been about breaking boundaries and offering our customers a premium service without the price tag.
“That’s why we’re launching fast, reliable 5G connectivity at no extra cost.”
Virgin Media 5G locations
Here’s where 5G has launched…
- Aughton (Sth Yorks)
- Bristol Airport
- Cheadle and Gatley
- Crawley (West Sussex)
- Dinas Powys
- Dudley (West Midlands)
- Eston and South Bank
- Gosforth (Tyne & Wear)
- Inner London
- Isles of Scilly
- Kingston upon Hull
- Kingswood (Bristol)
- Long Benton/Killingworth
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Shields
- Outer London
- South Shields
- Sutton Coldfield
- Swinton and Pendlebury
- Whitley Bay
Of course, not everyone in the UK can upgrade to 5G just yet.
Even if 5G is in your area, you might still not get ultra-fast speeds even with a 5G SIM.
That’s because only certain phones are 5G ready.
Most modern Samsung and Huawei phones are shipping with 5G.
But only the very latest iPhone models offer 5G.
That means to get 5G with an Apple blower, you’ll need an iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Max.
Any other iPhone will be unable to access 5G speeds even with a 5G SIM in a 5G area.
Have you tried 5G yet? Let us know how it went in the comments!
In other news, Apple could be working on new foldable iPhones.
Read our guide to 5G here.
And find out if 5G is in your area.
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