EE to Launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30

Mobile network EE has announced it will launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30, beating rival Vodafone's 5G offering which launches in early July.


At a London press event this morning, EE revealed that the new 5G service will run alongside 4G. EE also confirmed that it won't be throttling its 4G service to make the 5G look faster.

Marc Allera, chief executive of EE, said its 5G radio equipment will be supplied by its partners Qualcomm, Samsung, Google, LG, One Plus, Oppo, HTC, and Huawei.

EE will offer 5G to pre-order from today, with availability initially in six cities. EE says it plans to expand the rollout to 16 cities by the end of the year.

EE is offering 5G plans with next-generation devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, to pre-order from today, but iPhone users will have to wait. Apple isn't prepared to launch 5G iPhones in 2019, making 2020 is almost certainly the year 5G will come to iPhone.

Last week, Vodafone said it will switch on its 5G network in the UK on July 3, making it seem at the time that it would be the first carrier to launch the next-generation cellular technology in the country.

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21 weeks ago

EE also confirmed that it won't be throttling its 4G service to make the 5G look faster.


It is sad that this even needed to be confirmed......
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21 weeks ago
First year I may skip upgrading if no 5G chip, I see no point.
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21 weeks ago

Is there any chance the 2019 Iphones will have 5G? Or zero possibility?

Zero possibility.
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21 weeks ago

First year I may skip upgrading if no 5G chip, I see no point.


Looking at the price markups for 5G I'm happy to hold out on 5G until it becomes free for existing customers (as networks eventually did with 3G and 4G).

I was pretty content with fast 3G. 4G was even better. I have no idea what I need from 5G today that 4G can't give me - so I won't be getting a 5G plan just yet.

But a camera with better low light photography - sign me up.
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21 weeks ago
I know 5G is supposed to revolutionise wireless communication and that we’ll all apparently be binning our 250mbps Virgin fibre broadband so we can pull data down from the sparkling heavens, but... I’d be content with consistent, reliable 4G coverage.

Oh well. It is what it is. All that said, EE is definitely the best mobile company I’ve ever had a contract with - and SIM only is cheap as chips given the alternatives.
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21 weeks ago
Onya EE! My telco of choice when I’m in the UK.
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21 weeks ago
never seen the point in offering ultrafast 5G (like 4G/LTE previously) and then the carriers limit their "affordable" plans to around a 10GB download limit for the plan per month.

you can use up your entire 10GB plan data limit in like 5 minutes on 5G - what you going to do for the next 30 days? lol
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21 weeks ago
Analysis is a little crude but when looking at Galaxy S10 5G vs Galaxy S10 Plus across plans with same data and upfront cost we're looking at a £15 markup for 5G. Ouch!
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21 weeks ago

It’s only in six cities anyway and exhorbitant in cost. 10gigs of 5G data is £56 per month in addition to your plan cost.


Jesus!
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21 weeks ago
Yet wait til 2020 to use it
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