O2 offers 5G coverage in 155 UK towns and cities. 5G SIM cards are available from £8/month on O2.
It’s currently possible to get a 5G-ready SIM card from £8/month on O2 with an average download speed of 150Mbps when you’re connected to 5G. You’ll also get inclusive benefits like 6 months of access to Disney+ and access to the O2 Priority app. O2 also offers 5G unlimited data plans from £33/month.
The following table shows the key things to know about O2’s 5G network in the UK:
|O2 5G Coverage:||155 UK towns & cities|
|5G Phones:||Apple iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy S21 and more|
|5G SIM Cards:||From £8/month|
|5G Speed:||150Mbps average download speed|
|5G Plan Features:|
|Other Coverage:||99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G|
O2 UK 5G Coverage Map
5G Towns & Cities
In the UK, O2 currently offers 5G coverage in a total of 155 towns and cities. You can see them by zooming in on the map above. Alternatively, the full list of 5G locations is shown below:
- Eastern England 24 locations now live on 5G
- Bury St Edmunds
- Chadwell St Mary
- Great Yarmouth
- Hemel Hempstead
- Potters Bar
- East Midlands 8 locations now live on 5G
- London 4 locations now live on 5G
- Harlington London
- Orpington plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Kingston-upon-Thames
- North East England 16 locations now live on 5G
- North Shields
- South Shields
- Whitley Bay
- North West England 14 locations now live on 5G
- Northern Ireland 3 locations now live on 5G
- Scotland 9 locations now live on 5G
- Bridge of Don
- South East England 40 locations now live on 5G
- Gatton Bottom
- High Wycombe
- How Wood
- Milton Keynes
- Royal Tunbridge Wells
- Worthing plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Guildford
- South West England 6 locations now live on 5G
- Wales 4 locations now live on 5G
- Dinas Powys
- West Midlands 10 locations now live on 5G
- West Bromwich
- Yorkshire & The Humber 12 locations now live on 5G
5G Smartphones From O2
To access O2’s 5G network in the UK, you can buy a 5G-ready phone from their website.
At the time of writing, O2 offers a total of 36 5G-ready phones. They include the latest iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21, along with devices from Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony and Xiaomi.
The following 5G-ready phones are currently available to buy from O2:
- Apple iPhone 12 5G
- Apple iPhone 12 mini 5G
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro 5G
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
- Huawei P40 lite 5G
- Huawei P40 Pro 5G
- Motorola Edge 5G
- Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
- Motorola razr 5G
- Nokia 8.3 5G
- OnePlus Nord 5G
- OPPO Find X2 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G
- OPPO Reno 5G
- OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
- Sony Xperia 1 II 5G
- Sony Xperia 5 II 5G
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
All of O2’s 5G smartphones are available on an O2 Refresh plan where you’re able to split up the cost of your handset over 36 months. Alongside it, you’ll have a flexible one-month rolling plan for your minutes, texts and data.
You can also buy a 5G tablet or 5G laptop from O2 if you’d like to access 5G coverage on a device with a larger screen. Alternatively, O2 offers a 5G pocket hotspot device which gives you mobile broadband with 5G speeds.
5G SIM Only Deals
If you already have a 5G smartphone that you’d like to use on O2, you can get a 5G-ready SIM-only deal from £8/month.
O2 doesn’t charge anything extra for access to 5G on their SIM cards. However, you’ll need to choose the option during the checkout process to tell them you have a 5G-ready device to get a 5G SIM card. Unless you do this, they’ll send you a 4G SIM card which won’t have access to the faster 5G network.
The following table shows O2’s SIM-only deals with 5G coverage:
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All of O2’s 5G SIM cards include 6 months of free Disney+ (or a different O2 Extra if you prefer). This makes it a good value way of getting access to Disney+ and staying entertained across multiple devices.
O2 also offers eSIM plans for use on their network (e.g. for dual-SIM on the iPhone and on Samsung Galaxy phones). However, their eSIM plans are currently restricted to 4G coverage – you won’t have access to 5G coverage when using an eSIM on O2.
5G Download Speeds
O2 says you should be able to get an average download speed of around 150Mbps on their 5G network in the UK. This makes their 5G network roughly five times faster than the 4G network.
In some cases, it might be possible to get peak download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps if you’re in an area with good 5G coverage and if there aren’t too many other people using O2’s network at the same time.
According to an Ookla speed test analysis carried out in Q3 2020, O2’s 5G mobile network in London delivered an average download speed of 181Mbps and an average upload speed of 15Mbps.
5G Network Bands
In the UK, O2’s 5G network uses band n78 5G spectrum (3500MHz). If you’re using a 5G phone that was purchased outside the UK, you should check to make sure it supports 5G coverage in this band.
If you’re unable to get 5G coverage in your area, O2 also offers 99% population coverage on 4G, 3G and 2G. This uses the following bands and frequencies:
|O2 Coverage Type||Supported Bands & Frequencies|
For more information, see our guide to O2’s network and coverage.