You can get a 5G SIM Only Deal from £5/month in the UK. We compare 5G SIM cards from EE, giffgaff, O2, Sky, Tesco, Three, Vodafone and VOXI.

In the UK, it’s now possible to get a SIM-only deal with 5G coverage from as little as £5/month. Compared to older 3G and 4G SIM cards, this gives you access to faster 5G download speeds. You’ll also benefit from greater network capacity and reduced latency when using the 5G network.

At the moment, 5G SIM-only deals are available to buy from EE, giffgaff, O2, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Three, Vodafone and VOXI.

In this article, we’ll compare the 5G SIM Only Deals currently available in the UK. We’ll look at the 5G price plans available on each mobile network before summarising the benefits of 5G and compatible 5G-ready phones. We’ll also look at the 5G coverage that’s available on different UK networks.

Best 5G SIM Only Deals

At present, Three and giffgaff are our recommended networks if you’re looking for a 5G SIM-only plan:

Three

If you’re looking for the cheapest or best value 5G SIM-only deal, our current recommendation would be to get a SIM card from Three. They offer 5G coverage at no extra cost on all of their Pay Monthly SIM cards, with 5G-ready plans available from only £5/month.

For the ultimate 5G experience, get Three’s £16 unlimited data SIM card. This gives you unlimited data with no fair usage limits. You’ll also get inclusive roaming in 71 destinations through Three’s Go Roam offer.

For a cheaper alternative, it’s also worth considering Three’s £8/month SIM card with 12GB of data.

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giffgaff

If you’re looking for a flexible Pay As You Go deal that gives you 5G without the need for a contract, giffgaff offers 5G coverage on their golden goodybags from £10/month.

On giffgaff, you can choose from 9GB of 5G data for £10/month (increased to 10GB per month from your third month onwards) or unlimited 5G data for £35/month (subject to a 650GB per month fair usage limit).

On giffgaff, the 5G coverage is provided by O2. You can access 5G coverage on a 5G-ready phone in more than 100 UK towns and cities that have 5G coverage from O2.

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The following table shows a summary of what you can get with 5G SIM only deals:

Cheapest 5G SIM Only: £5/month
Unlimited Data on 5G: £16/month
Network: Three
5G with No Contract: £10/month on giffgaff
Other 5G Networks: EE, O2, Sky, Tesco, Vodafone & VOXI

For a more detailed comparison and for further information about the 5G SIM cards on each network, read on through the rest of this article.

Compare 5G SIM Only Deals

At the moment, you can get a 5G-ready SIM-only deal from eight UK mobile networks: EE, giffgaff, O2, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Three, Vodafone and VOXI.

The following table shows a list of these 5G SIM card deals:

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NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
24 months
Three600Unlimited1GB£5.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£6.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£8.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£8.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£9.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£9.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£9.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
18 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£10.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
18 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
18 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
18 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£12.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£14.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
18 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
1 month
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
12 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,0006GB£15.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£16.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£17.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£17.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited100GB£18.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£18.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£19.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£20.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited160GB£20.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited150GB£20.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
24 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited60GB£20.00
1 month
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00025GB£20.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£21.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£22.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£23.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited200GB£23.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£24.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£24.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£24.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimited200GB£25.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£25.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£25.00
24 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£25.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£26.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£27.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£28.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£29.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£29.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
18 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£30.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited250GB£30.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£32.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£36.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
24 months

To benefit from the fastest 5G download speeds, you’ll need a 5G-ready phone and will need to be in a 5G coverage area. If you aren’t able to access 5G, you can still access older forms of coverage like 3G and 4G on any of these SIM cards.

In order to get 5G coverage on Sky Mobile for the prices listed above, you’ll need to join the Sky VIP loyalty programme for free. Alternatively, if you don’t join the Sky VIP programme, it’ll cost you an extra £5/month to get access to 5G.

5G SIM Cards: By Network

EE

EE was the UK’s first mobile network to offer 5G plans, having launched it all the way back in May 2019.

At the moment, EE’s 5G network covers more than 110 UK towns and cities. You can get the following 5G-enabled SIM cards to take advantage of faster 5G speeds on EE:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
EEUnlimitedUnlimited160GB£20.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited200GB£23.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
24 months

If you choose an EE Smart or Full Works price plan, you’ll get a Smart Benefit included with it. You’ll also get Reserve Data for when your allowance runs out. This allows you to stay connected for the rest of the month with unlimited data at a maximum speed of 2Mbps.

You’ll get uncapped download speeds on EE’s 5G network, unless you’re using Reserve Data. In theory, speeds can go all the way up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps). However, EE says the average download speed on their 5G network is 205Mbps. A 600GB per month fair usage policy applies to unlimited data on EE.

See EE’s website for a full list of their 5G devices and for their 5G network coverage.

giffgaff

On giffgaff, 5G coverage launched in October 2020. You can currently get a 5G-ready plan from £35/month with no need for a contract or credit check (the plan simply works on a one-month rolling Pay As You Go basis).

You can choose from the following 5G-ready giffgaff golden goodybag plans:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£10.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month

On the £10 golden goodybag, you’ll get 1GB of extra data added to your plan from the third month onwards. This will boost your monthly allowance from 9GB to 10GB of data. On the £35 golden goodybag with unlimited data, a 650GB per month fair usage policy applies. Both plans require you to have the recurring goodybag setting switched on inside your giffgaff account.

O2

O2 offers 5G coverage at no extra cost on their SIM-only plans, with prices starting from just £8/month. You can choose from a wide range of data allowances, including unlimited 5G data for £30/month (subject to a 650GB per month fair use limit).

All of O2’s 5G SIM cards include an O2 Extra such as 6 months of free Disney+. You’ll also get access to offers and discounts through the O2 Priority app.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£8.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited100GB£18.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited150GB£20.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
18 months

At the time of writing, O2 offers 5G coverage in more than 100 UK towns and cities. See our guide to O2’s coverage and network for more information. Alternatively, O2 has a web page about their 5G rollout.

Sky Mobile

Sky offers 5G coverage on the Sky Mobile service at no extra cost to customers who enrol in the Sky VIP loyalty programme. This is free to join through the My Sky app and it’s our recommended way of getting access to 5G on Sky Mobile. Customers not wanting to enrol in the Sky VIP programme will need to pay an extra £5/month to get access to 5G.

The following Sky Mobile SIM-only deals will give you access to 5G coverage with Sky VIP:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£25.00
12 months

On Sky Mobile, you can stream from Sky TV apps without using your data allowance. It’s also possible to rollover your unused data for up to 3 years in your Sky Piggybank.

Sky Mobile uses O2’s network for 5G coverage so you’ll get 5G in the same towns and cities as on O2. For more information, see our guide to the coverage on Sky Mobile. Alternatively, see Sky’s official website for information about their 5G service.

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile launched their 5G service in March 2020, making use of 5G coverage from O2’s network. In order to get access to 5G, you’ll need to choose one of Tesco Mobile’s 5G SIM only contracts. These start from £15/month on a 12-month contract.

The following SIM-only contracts from Tesco Mobile will give you access to 5G coverage:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Tesco Mobile5,0005,0006GB£15.00
12 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00025GB£20.00
12 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£30.00
12 months

On Tesco Mobile, you’ll have access to 5G coverage in the same towns and cities as customers on O2. For more information, please see the official Tesco Mobile website.

Three

Three offers 5G coverage at no extra cost on all of their plans, with SIM-only deals currently starting from just £5/month.

At present, Three offers 5G coverage in more than 60 UK towns and cities. Compared to other UK mobile networks, they also have a lot more usable 5G spectrum. This has led them to claim they’re building the UK’s fastest 5G mobile network.

The following SIM-only deals from Three will give you access to 5G coverage:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£6.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£8.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£12.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months

Three also offers 5G home broadband, allowing you to get your devices at home connected to the internet at superfast 5G speeds.

For more information, see our guide to Three’s 5G network, Three’s SIM-only deals and Three’s UK network coverage. You can also see Three’s official website for information about their 5G service.

Vodafone

Vodafone offers 5G coverage on a range of price plans. You can choose a Vodafone unlimited data plan or a Vodafone Red plan with data from 5GB per month.

At present, you can choose from the following 5G SIM-only deals on Vodafone. Prices start at £15/month for a 5G-ready SIM card from Vodafone:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£18.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£20.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£21.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£23.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£25.00
24 months

On the Red 20GB, Unlimited and Unlimited Max price plans, you can optionally add a £7/month Entertainment package. This will give you inclusive access to YouTube Premium, Amazon Prime or Spotify Premium for the length of your contract. You’ll also get 100 UK-to-EU minutes included each month.

On Vodafone’s Unlimited Lite and Unlimited price plans, there’s a restriction on the maximum download speeds you’re able to obtain (2Mbps on Unlimited Lite and 10Mbps on Unlimited). You’ll need to choose the Unlimited Max price plan for unlimited data without speed limits on 5G. Customers on the Unlimited Max plan will also get access to Vodafone Global Roaming Plus. This allows you to use your mobile phone at no extra cost in 81 destinations.

Vodafone’s 5G SIM cards can optionally be taken together with fibre broadband as part of a Vodafone Together bundle. If you choose a Vodafone Together bundle, you’ll get a discounted price on Vodafone Superfast Broadband or Vodafone Gigafast Broadband.

VOXI

VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, offering 5G coverage with no contract. On VOXI, you’ll get 5G coverage in all of the same places where 5G coverage is available from Vodafone.

On VOXI, 5G-ready plans start from £15/month, with endless social media and endless video included. The latter is particularly noteworthy as it allows you to stream unlimited amounts of data from YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video without using your data allowance.

You can also get unlimited 5G data with no contract on VOXI for £30/month.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited60GB£20.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
1 month

For more information, read our full review of VOXI or see VOXI’s official website.

Other Networks

At the time of writing, most other mobile networks are still yet to confirm the exact launch date for their 5G services.

Normally, lower-cost mobile virtual network operators will get 5G coverage after their underlying coverage provider. This is because the four major networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) initially want to keep 5G technology as an exclusive for their own customers. This pattern was seen when 4G launched in the UK, with smaller mobile networks getting it one or two years after the underlying coverage provider.

The following table keeps track of the 5G coverage provider for each mobile network and any announcements that have already been made around the launch date for 5G:

Mobile Network 5G Coverage Provider 5G Launch Date
1pMobile 5G EE TBC – “as soon as we have access” (see announcement)
ASDA Mobile 5G Vodafone Early 2021 – ASDA Mobile will launch 5G using Vodafone’s network (see press release)
BT Mobile 5G EE BT Mobile stopped selling 5G mobile plans in September 2020.
iD Mobile 5G Three TBC
Lebara Mobile 5G Vodafone TBC
Lycamobile 5G O2 TBC
Plusnet Mobile 5G EE TBC – “no information regarding 5G” (see discussion)
SMARTY 5G Three TBC – “coming soon” but no confirmed date (see website)
Virgin Mobile 5G O2 TBC – pending merger of O2 and Virgin Media (see press release)

For more information, see our full guide to mobile phone coverage in the UK.

Benefits of 5G

There are three main benefits to using a 5G mobile network:

  1. 5G has greater network capacity. 5G mobile networks have much more capacity for carrying data than older 3G and 4G networks. This means a lot more people can be using their devices before the mobile network gets congested in an area. This can be important in places like a sports stadium, a train station or other city centre locations where many people are using their phone at the same time.
  2. 5G has lower latency. Latency refers to the amount of time it takes for data to travel from your phone to the internet and back. On present-day 4G mobile networks, average latency is around 50ms (0.05 seconds). On 5G networks, this should drop to less than 10ms (0.01 seconds). This lower latency is important for online gaming, as well as new technologies like augmented reality.
  3. 5G offers faster download speeds. On 5G, it’s possible to get average download speeds of around 150-200Mbps. This compares to around 30Mbps for present-day 4G mobile networks. The fastest download speeds on 5G can be even faster than this (sometimes up to 1,000Mbps or 1Gbps). However, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to access these download speeds to begin with.

See our guide to mobile network download speeds for further information.

5G Handsets

To get the benefits of 5G technology, you’ll need a handset that supports the latest 5G mobile networks.

At the time of writing, 5G-ready phones are available from a range of manufacturers including Apple, Google, Huawei, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung and Xiaomi.

The following 5G-ready phones are currently available to buy from UK networks:

  • Apple iPhone 12
  • Apple iPhone 12 Mini
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate Xs 5G
  • Huawei P40 Pro 5G
  • LG V50 ThinQ
  • Motorola Edge 5G
  • Motorola G 5G Plus
  • Nokia 8.3 5G
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 8 5G
  • OnePlus 8 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus Nord
  • OPPO Reno 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G

You can also buy a 5G smartphone from various retailers on an unlocked basis.

If your handset doesn’t support 5G technology, you’ll still be able to access 3G and 4G coverage on a 5G-ready SIM card.

5G Coverage

To benefit from 5G technology, you’ll need to be in a 5G coverage area. At the moment, there’s a phased rollout of 5G coverage, mainly starting from the UK’s largest towns and cities.

The following table shows a list of towns and cities where 5G coverage is currently available on different networks. It also shows other towns and cities that have a confirmed launch date for 5G:

5G NetworkCurrently LivePlanned & Announced
EE
(includes BT Mobile)
Check coverage
112 towns and cities live
Aberdeen, Aldershot, Altrincham, Ashford Surrey, Ashton-under-Lyne, Barrhead, Bath, Belfast, Belshill, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bransholme, Brentwood, Bristol, Bury, Cardiff, Castleford, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Chester-le-Street, Chesterfield, Chorley, Clevedon, Clifton, Clydebank, Coventry, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Dartford, Dinnington, Doncaster, Dudley, Edinburgh, Epsom, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Inchinnan, Jarrow, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Loughton, Maidstone, Manchester, Milnrow, Minster, Mirfield, Motherwell, Newcastle, Newton-le-Willows, North Shields, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Oxford, Paisley, Plymouth, Pontefract, Porthcawl, Potters Bar, Rochdale, Rochester, Romford, Rotherham, Rugeley, Salford, Sheffield, Shipley, Solihull, South Shields, Southend-on-Sea, Stafford, Staines-upon-Thames, Stevenage, Stirling, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swadlincote, Sydenham, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Walton-on-Thames, Warwick, Washington, Watford, West Bromwich, Westhoughton, Weston-Super-Mare, Weybridge, Wickford, Wolverhampton
7 towns and cities planned
Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester
O2
(includes giffgaff, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile)
Check coverage
109 towns and cities live
Aberdeen, Ashford, Aughton, Aylesbury, Banstead, Basildon, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Birmingham, Blaydon, Bradford, Bridge of Don, Brighton, Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Byfleet, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chadwell St Mary, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chesterfield, Chipstead, Colchester, Coventry, Dartford, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dundee, Durham, Dyce, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Epsom, Esher, Eton, Gateshead, Gatton Bottom, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gravesend, Grays, Great Yarmouth, Halifax, Harlington London, Harlow, Hemel Hempstead, Hextable, High Wycombe, Hove, How Wood, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Jarrow, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Longford, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Luton, Manchester, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Morley, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Orpington, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Rainham, Redhill, Rotherham, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rugby, Sheffield, Shepperton Green, Slough, South Shields, Southend-On-Sea, Staines-upon-Thames, Stevenage, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunbury, Sunderland, Thundersley, Tynemouth, Warrington, Washington, Weybridge, Whickham, Whitley Bay, Windsor, Worthing, York
10 towns and cities planned
Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Kingston-upon-Thames, Newbury, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Wolverhampton
Three
Check coverage
154 towns and cities live
Aberdeen, Abingdon-on-Thames, Adlington, Aldershot, Aldridge, Balloch, Barnsley, Barrow-in-Furness, Basildon, Bath, Bedford, Belfast, Billericay, Billingham, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Brimington, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Brookmans Park, Broughton Astley, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Cardiff, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesham, Christleton, Clayton-le-Woods, Clifton, Colchester, Copmanthorpe, Corringham, Coventry, Crawley, Crook, Cullingworth, Danderhall, Denholme, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dundee, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Ellesmere Port, Exmouth, Glasgow, Gorebridge, Grays, Greenock, Grimsby, Guildford, Hamilton, Hartley, Heanor, Heathcote, Hedge End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Heswall, Horley, Horwich, Huddersfield, Hull, Huntingdon, Inchinnan, Ingleby Barwick, Ipswich, Irlam, Iver, Kings Hill, Kings Langley, Kirkheaton, Leeds, Leicester, Leyland, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Lower Stondon, Luton, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow Bottom, Milton Keynes, Motherwell, Neston, Newcastle, Newhall, Newport, Newquay, Newton Aycliffe, Newton-le-Willows, Newtownabbey, Normanton, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Ottershaw, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Porthcawl, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Redcar, Royston Yorkshire, Sheffield, Shelly Green, Slough, South Heighton, South Normanton, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, St Albans, St Blazey, St Columb Road, Stevenage, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Sunninghill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swindon, Tamworth, Telford, Thornaby-on-Tees, Wakefield, Walton-on-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Westhoughton, Weybridge, Wickford, Wigan, Winterbourne, Worcester, Worksop, Writtle, York
Vodafone
(includes VOXI)
Check coverage
57 towns and cities live
Ambleside, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Bolton, Bootle, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Cheltenham, Clitheroe, Crosby, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Great Shelford, Guildford, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Oldbury, Paisley, Penarth, Pendlebury, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prestwich, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Southampton, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Stretford, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swinton, Urmston, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
1 towns and cities planned
Blackpool

If 5G coverage hasn’t yet launched in your area, you’ll still be able to receive coverage from older 3G and 4G mobile networks. See our full guide to 5G mobile coverage in the UK for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which mobile networks offer 5G SIM only deals?
You can currently get a 5G SIM only deal from the following mobile networks:

Previously, BT Mobile also offered 5G coverage. However, this is no longer available to new customers.

What’s the cheapest 5G SIM only deal in the UK?
The UK’s cheapest 5G-ready SIM only deal costs £5/month. Prices do vary by mobile network, however. The cheapest 5G price plan by mobile network is as follows:
Can I get unlimited data on a 5G SIM card?
Yes, it’s possible to get unlimited data with 5G coverage on EE, giffgaff, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three, Vodafone and VOXI. Prices start from £16/month for unlimited data on 5G.
What are the benefits of 5G coverage?
5G coverage offers greater network capacity so download speeds are less likely to slow down in busy or congested areas. It also offers lower latency (~10ms) and faster download speeds (around 150-200Mbps on today’s 5G networks).
Where is 5G coverage currently available?
5G coverage is currently available in more than 200 UK towns and cities. The towns and cities that are covered by 5G will differ depending on the mobile network you’re using. See our guide to 5G mobile coverage in the UK.

More Information

For more information about 5G, please see the EE, giffgaff, O2, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Three or Vodafone websites.

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  • I have now experimented with Vodafone Sims, and Yes, they work OK in Huaweis 5G router.
    Even that I haven’t (on purpose) told them I am using their Sims on router instead of a phone.
    Changed my Vodafone one recently to Voxi, as it was complicated to get a shorter contract with Vodafone. Works flawlessly on 5G and on unlimited tariff, 35£/month.
    And not tied to a long contract !

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