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BT launches 5g today and reveals smartphone plans for consumers and businesses

BT will launch 5G services in more than 20 towns and cities on Friday, offering its consumer and business customers its fastest connections across both fixed line and mobile.

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These include London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Coventry, Leicester and Bristol but we know that Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Nottingham were due to get 5G coverage by the end of the year.

BT’s mobile brand EE, the market leader, switched on Britain’s first commercial 5G services in May. Rival Vodafone followed with its own network in July.

BT said business customers and consumers signed up to broadband and mobile package BT Plus would be the first to be offered 5G, which will require a handset from a range including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei Mate 20.

BT Plus customers will be able to choose from four new 5G plans – each offering double data. BT Plus customers can choose from a 12GB, 30GB, 60GB or 200GB 5G handset plan, starting from £45 per month. 200GB customers will be moved over to an unlimited plan when BT Halo – a combined 5G mobile and home broadband deal – is launched next month.

All the plans include free access to the BT Sport app.

BT Mobile has an online coverage checker where you can enter your postcode to view coverage in your area. At the time of writing it only shows 4G, 3G and 2G coverage, but when its 5G network launches that’s sure to be added.

What are the benefits of 5G?

5G is much faster than 4G, which is the technology most of our smartphones use. Faster speeds mean you can download movies and box sets in seconds rather than minutes, and stream live sports on-the-go.

You get a more reliable connection with 5G, particularly in crowded places like train stations and stadiums. This means you can share photos and videos, and make video calls.

With 5G you’ll also get an almost instant connection, making everyday tasks feel super-fast. Web pages will load much more quickly, and you can play games and stream videos without lag.

How does 5G differ from 4G? bt 5g

Mobile network technology is continually evolving. We’ve moved from 1G to 2G and 3G to 4G, each faster than the previous version, enabling you to do more things with your phone.

5G is not a replacement for 4G, it will work alongside our 4G network and your phone will use both to keep you connected. 5G is being built in the busiest parts of the busiest cities in the UK.

If you’ve got a 4G phone, don’t worry it will still work – we’re continuing to invest in our 4G network and are rolling it out to more rural areas.


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