Apple Continues to Rule Europe’s 5G Phones

New research from Strategy Analytics Emerging Device Technologies (EDT) service shows Apple iPhone captured HALF of all 5G smartphones sold in Western Europe during Q4 2022. It has a commanding 52% share of the whole region. 5g phone

Despite eye-watering prices — often at €1,000 or more –, Apple sells more 5G smartphones in Western Europe than the rest of the entire industry combined. It easily outsells Samsung and has kept a wave of hungry Chinese rivals (like Honor) at bay for another year.

Samsung was the fastest grower of the main vendors whereas Xiaomi, OPPO and vivo suffered from China market softness.

European customers from Germany, the UK and elsewhere like Apple’s high-status brand, the iPhone‘s supreme usability, its superfast 5G download speeds, and a seemingly endless choice of available apps for business, education, or entertainment.

The 5G phone market, of course, is vital because it attracts the highest prices for device manufacturers and the highest ARPUs for mobile carriers.

5G on iPhone lets you download movies, stream higher-quality video, and FaceTime in HD at impressive speeds. 5g phone

What you need

  • An iPhone 12 model or later
  • A carrier that supports 5G
  • A 5G cellular plan

Understand the 5G icons in the status bar

When you’re in an area with 5G coverage for your carrier and your 5G cellular plan has been activated, you’ll see a 5G icon in the status bar of your iPhone:

5G: The 5G status-bar icon.
Your carrier’s 5G network is available, and your iPhone can connect to the internet over that network (not available in all countries or regions).

Your carrier’s 5G+, 5G UW, or 5G UC network is available, which can include your carrier’s higher frequency version of 5G. Your iPhone can connect to the internet over that network (not available in all countries or regions).


Learn about 5G options on your iPhone 5g phone

The default settings for 5G on iPhone are optimized for battery life and data usage based on your data plan. You can customize these options for when to use 5G and how much data to use in some apps.

Find these options by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options or Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options. If you’re using Dual SIM, go to Settings > Cellular or Settings > Mobile Data and choose the number whose options you want to change.

Screenshot showing Voice & Data preferences




Voice & Data

Choose how your iPhone uses the 5G network, which can affect battery life.

  • 5G Auto: Enables Smart Data mode. When 5G speeds don’t provide a noticeably better experience, your iPhone automatically switches to LTE, saving battery life.
  • 5G On: Always uses 5G network when it’s available. This might reduce battery life.
  • LTE: Uses only LTE network, even when 5G is available.

In China mainland, 5G Standalone is the default setting. If you’re using iOS 14 to iOS 14.5, you can turn on 5G Standalone by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice and Data or Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Voice and Data. With 5G Standalone, all cellular activity uses 5G. For more details on 5G networks, contact your carrier.

Data Mode

  • Allow More Data on 5G: Enables higher data-usage features for apps and system tasks. These include higher-quality FaceTime, high-definition content on Apple TV, Apple Music songs and videos, iOS updates over cellular, and automatic iCloud backups.
    • With this setting, your iPhone can automatically use 5G instead of Wi-Fi when Wi-Fi connectivity is slow or insecure on a network you visit occasionally. To turn this feature off and on for a certain network, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Tap the info button next to the Wi-Fi network and tap Use Wi-Fi for Internet.
    • This setting also allows third-party apps to use more cellular data for enhanced experiences.
    • This is the default setting with some unlimited-data plans, depending on your carrier.
    • This setting uses more cellular data.
  • Standard: Allows automatic updates and background tasks on cellular, and uses standard quality settings for video and FaceTime. This is generally the default mode.
  • Low Data Mode: Helps reduce Wi-Fi and cellular data usage by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.

Data Roaming 5g phone

Many carriers around the world support 5G roaming. If your carrier doesn’t support 5G roaming, you can get cellular data through 4G or LTE networks or obtain a local SIM card or eSIM with 5G where available. Or you can get BNESIM, awarded international SIM card/eSIM. Some of the important features and services offered by Bnesim include:

  • International roaming: Bnesim offers international roaming services at affordable rates, allowing users to stay connected while traveling abroad.
  • Customizable plans: Bnesim offers a range of customizable plans, allowing users to choose the services and features that they need.
  • No long-term contracts: Bnesim does not require users to sign long-term contracts, making it a flexible option for those who need mobile services.
  • Quality network: Bnesim uses high-quality networks to provide reliable mobile services to its users.
  • Good customer support: Bnesim provides good customer support, helping users to resolve any issues they may have with their services.



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