READY to upgrade to super-fast 5G internet? You can easily check if you've got a 5G mast in your area, delivering next-gen download speeds.
It's time to consider upgrading your phone and SIM to 5G – especially now that the 5G iPhone 12 is official.
What is 5G?
Just like 4G (and 3G before that), 5G is simply a new generation of mobile internet.
Phone networks have tweaked the technology to deliver faster speeds – and have dubbed it the "5th generation", or 5G.
In the UK, 5G speeds are already coming in at around 10 times the average 4G speeds.
To get 5G, you'll need to live in the right area, have a 5G phone contract, and also a 5G-ready phone.
Huge chunks of the UK (primarily in cities for now) are getting 5G coverage.
And loads of phone makers have produced 5G-ready handsets, including Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus and now even Apple too.
Finally, it's important to remember that 5G is completely safe, and can't give you cancer or coronavirus.
Scientists have debunked claims of "deadly 5G radiation" completely, so enjoy your speedy internet in peace.
Is the iPhone 5G?
For months, 5G has been incompatible with all iPhone models.
But in October 2020, Apple launched the iPhone 12 – in four models that all support 5G.
So if you buy any new iPhone 12, you'll be able to get 5G speeds. As long as you have a 5G phone contract and SIM, of course.
Read our iPhone 12 review and iPhone 12 Pro review – and find out where to buy the iPhone 12 here.
Can I get 5G in my area?
Most mobile networks in the UK are now offering 5G.
There are loads of different companies selling 5G services.
But most typically piggyback off four main providers: EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone.
You can find out if they offer 5G service in your area below…
EE has rolled out 5G in 112 cities and large towns across the UK.
However, it won't be available in every single part of those towns and cities.
You can find out if EE's 5G is in your area here.
Three claims to be building the UK's "fastest 5G network".
And Three is automatically upgrading 4G customers to 5G internet free of charge.
You can check for Three's 5G coverage in your area here.
O2 has sent 5G lie in areas within 30 towns and cities.
And the network has pledged to reach a total of 50 locations by summer 2020.
You can check for coverage in your area here.
Vodafone is offering 5G internet in 41 locations across the UK.
And it says you can also access 5G in 70 locations across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland to boot.
You can check for Vodafone 5G network coverage here. Just make sure to hit the "5G" tab on the side of the map.
In other news, check out the best 5G phones you can buy today.
Three is offering a free 5G upgrade for customers.
Have you upgraded to 5G yet? Let us know in the comments!
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