To access 5G, you’ll first need a 5G compatible phone.
All of the major mobile makers – including Samsung, Huawei, Google and now Apple – sell 5G handsets. Their names almost always contain “5G”.
On top of a 5G-compatible phone, you’ll also need to be on a 5G contract from whatever mobile operator you use.
All of the big guns in this department offer SIM-only 5G contracts now, though coverage is limited to certain cities – more on that later.
UK operators with 5G SIM deals include Vodafone, EE, Three, O2 and Sky mobile.
Each phone carrier offers SIM-only deals that let you connect to their 5G towers – though they’re only available in certain cities and towns.
Once you’re happy you can use 5G, take a look at some of the SIM-only deals below and pick whichever one takes your fancy.
- Three SIM Only plan with 1GB data, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £5 a month for 12 months
- O2 SIM Only plan with 8GBdata, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £8 a month for 12 months
- Sky Mobile SIM Only plan with 10GBdata, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £10 a month for 12 months
- GiffGaff SIM Only plan with 9GBdata, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £10 a month, cancel anytime (launches October 20)
- Three SIM Only plan with 30GB data, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £12 a month for 12 months
- Vodafone SIM Only plan with 5GB data, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £16 a month for 12 months
- EE SIM Only plan with 100GB data, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £20 a month for 24 months
- Vodafone SIM Only plan with Unlimited data, Unlimited minutes and Unlimited texts for £33 a month for 12 months
Online conspiracy theorists are claiming that 5G can cause harm.
Early theories suggested 5G could lead to cancer – and now crackpots have linked it to coronavirus too.
But it’s simply impossible for 5G to cause any of these problems.
Radiation damages cells by breaking them apart, but 5G microwaves simply lack the power to do this.
5G is a low-frequency radiation, far below infrared and visible light.
In fact, it’s essential that 5G is low-frequency, because higher frequencies are less useful at delivering mobile signals over large areas.
We know that this level of radiation is safe, because otherwise the visible light from our televisions would have killed us a long time ago.