EE offers 5G coverage in 160 UK towns and cities. You can access 5G on phones like the iPhone 12 and the Galaxy S21, with 5G SIM cards available from £20/month.
In the UK, EE has expanded their 5G network to cover a total of 160 towns and cities. Claiming to offer faster download speeds and a more reliable service than on 4G, EE’s 5G network is compatible with a range of devices including the iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S21.
The following table shows the key things to know about 5G coverage on EE:
|EE 5G Coverage:||160 UK towns & cities|
|5G Phones:||Apple iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy S21 and more|
|5G SIM Cards:||From £20/month|
|Unlimited 5G Data:||£37/month|
|5G Speed:||134.7Mbps average download speed (H1 2020)|
|5G Plan Features:|
|Other Coverage:||99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G|
EE 5G Coverage Map
5G Towns & Cities
EE now offers 5G coverage in a total of 160 towns and cities across the UK. You can find nearby locations by zooming in on the map above, or see the full list of 5G locations below:
- Eastern England 21 locations now live on 5G
- Potters Bar
- St Albans
- Waltham Abbey
- Waltham Cross
- Wickford plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Cambridge, Peterborough
- East Midlands 11 locations now live on 5G
- Swadlincote plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Derby
- London 4 locations now live on 5G
- North East England 9 locations now live on 5G
- North Shields
- South Shields
- North West England 23 locations now live on 5G
- Northern Ireland 3 locations now live on 5G
- Scotland 15 locations now live on 5G
- South East England 21 locations now live on 5G
- Ashford Surrey
- Milton Keynes
- Weybridge plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Southampton
- South West England 10 locations now live on 5G
- Weston-Super-Mare plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Gloucester
- Wales 4 locations now live on 5G
- West Midlands 21 locations now live on 5G
- Burton upon Trent
- Royal Leamington Spa
- Sutton Coldfield
- West Bromwich
- Yorkshire & The Humber 18 locations now live on 5G
5G Smartphones From EE
To access EE’s 5G network in areas with 5G coverage, you’ll need to have a mobile phone that’s compatible with 5G on EE.
At present, EE offers a choice of more than 20 5G-ready smartphones, including the latest iPhone 12 from Apple. There are also 5G-ready phones from Google, Huawei, Motorola, Oppo, Samsung, Sony and TCL.
The following 5G-ready phones are currently available to buy from EE:
- Google Pixel 4a with 5G
- Google Pixel 5
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G
- Huawei P40 Pro 5G
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Motorola G 5G Plus
- OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G
- OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Sony Xperia 5 II
- TCL 10 5G
All of EE’s 5G-ready phones are available on a range of plans, including EE Essential plans that keep things simple without extras and EE Smart plans that include a Smart Benefit. On the iPhone, you can also choose a Full Works price plan which gives you an inclusive subscription to services like Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.
Alongside their 5G mobile phones, EE also offers a 5G-powered home broadband service.
5G SIM Only Deals
If you already have your own 5G phone, you can simply buy a 5G SIM card from EE. Prices start from £20/month for a 5G SIM card giving you access to EE’s network.
The following table shows EE’s 5G-ready SIM cards:
If you choose one of the more expensive EE Smart plans, you’ll get a Smart Benefit included for the length of your contract. This can be an inclusive subscription to Apple Music, Apple TV+, the BT Sport app, Amazon Prime Video, BritBox or more. This can save you a lot of money (e.g. Apple Music is worth £9.99/month and the BT Sport app is worth £10/month). On BT Sport, you can pay an extra £5/month to cast the BT Sport channels to your TV.
5G Download Speeds
According to EE, they’re the UK’s number 1 network for 5G. Their basis for this claim is a study from RootMetrics, which gave them the highest median download speed when connected to 5G coverage (134.7Mbps). The study was carried out in the first half of 2020.
According to RootMetrics, EE customers also spent more time connected to 5G than on any other network (25% on average, compared to other networks where customers spent less than 5% of their time on EE).
In some cases, you might be able to get even faster speeds than this average on 5G. In theory, it’s possible to get speeds of up to 1Gbps on EE’s 5G network if you’re able to get good 5G coverage in your area and if there aren’t too many other people using the network at the same time.
In addition to faster download speeds, you’ll also benefit from more network capacity and lower amounts of latency when connected to 5G.
5G Network Bands
In the UK, EE’s 5G network uses 40MHz of band n78 5G spectrum (3500MHz). If your mobile phone was purchased outside the UK, you should ensure it supports 5G coverage at band n78 before using it on EE’s network.
Alongside their 5G coverage, EE also offers 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across the UK. This uses the following bands and frequencies:
|EE Coverage Type||Supported Bands & Frequencies|
For more information, see our guide to EE’s network and coverage.
For more information about the 5G coverage on EE, please see EE’s official website.