SMARTY offers 5G coverage at no extra cost on all of their plans, plus 99% population coverage on 4G.
In the UK, SMARTY now offers 5G at no extra cost on all of their SIM-only plans, starting from £5/month. This allows you to access average download speeds in excess of 200Mbps on a 5G-ready device, with no need for a contract or credit check. You’ll also get 99% population coverage on 3G & 4G, along with Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling on compatible mobile phones.
In this article, we’ll look at SMARTY’s mobile network coverage. We’ll start with an overview of their new 5G service, including the benefits of 5G and compatible 5G-ready phones. We’ll then look at SMARTY’s 5G-ready plans, the other forms of coverage they offer and the download speeds you can expect on SMARTY.
|Plans From:||From £5/month|
|Best 5G Ready Plans:|
|Download Speeds:||259Mbps average on 5G (up to 597Mbps)
20Mbps average on 4G (up to 70Mbps)
|5G Plan Features:||
5G on SMARTY
In the UK, SMARTY has just added 5G coverage to all of their plans at no extra cost. This means you’re now able to access SMARTY’s 5G network if you’re using a compatible 5G-ready phone. There are three major benefits to this:
- You’ll get much faster download speeds. On their 5G network, SMARTY offers an average download speed of more than 200Mbps. This is around 5-10 times faster than 4G. It means you’re able to stream, browse and download much faster on your phone. In some cases, download speeds can go up to 597Mbps.
- You’ll get more network capacity. SMARTY’s 5G network has a lot more capacity for carrying mobile data. This means you’ll get a better experience in areas where lots of other people are also using the network at the same time (e.g. when using your phone in a football stadium, train station or shopping centre).
- You’ll get lower amounts of latency. Compared to 4G, 5G networks have a lower amount of latency. This means you’ll get a more responsive experience – something that’s particularly important for things like online gaming on your phone.
SMARTY’s 5G network is powered by Three, who currently offer 5G coverage in more than 300 UK towns and cities. According to SMARTY, their 5G service is currently available on the following devices:
Alcatel: TCL 10 5G.
Apple: iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12.
Google: Pixel 5 5G.
HMD Global: Nokia X10 5G.
Huawei: Mate 40 Pro 5G, P40 5G, P40 Pro 5G, Mate 20 X 5G, P40 Lite 5G.
OnePlus: 9 Pro 5G, Nord CE 5G, Nord 5G, 8 Pro 5G, 8 5G, Nord 2 5G.
Oppo: Find X3 Lite, Find X3 Pro, Find X3 Neo.
Samsung: Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Fold3, Galaxy A52s, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Flip 3 5G, Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy Fold 2 5G, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy A22 5G.
Xiaomi: Mi 11T Pro 5G, Redmi Note 10 5G, Mi 11 Lite 5G NE, Mi 10 5G, Mi 10 T Pro 5G, Mix 3 5G, Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11 5G.
If you’re using a device that isn’t compatible with SMARTY’s 5G service, you’ll still be able to access their 3G and 4G network.
3G & 4G Coverage
Alongside their 5G coverage, SMARTY also offers the following types of coverage:
|SMARTY Coverage Type||Coverage Level||Supported Bands & Frequencies|
|5G Coverage||✔ 300+ UK towns & cities||
|4G Coverage||✔ 99.8% population coverage
(with 4G Calling on compatible devices)
|3G Coverage||✔ 98.7% population coverage||
|2G Coverage||✘ Not available|
In recent years, SMARTY has been performing a major upgrade of their 4G network, alongside the launch of their new 5G service. On 4G, this has led to speed improvements of up to 130% in areas that have been upgraded with the latest technology. The 4G network upgrades consist of three major changes:
- The introduction of 4G+ technology. This combines multiple 4G frequencies to boost the speeds you can get on SMARTY’s network. This technique is also known as LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation.
- The upgrade of older 3G spectrum to 4G. This improves the utilisation of 2100MHz spectrum so you’re able to get faster 4G speeds rather than 3G speeds.
- The introduction of L-Band spectrum. Also known as Super 4G+, this involves the addition of L-band spectrum (band 32). It further improves the download speeds you can get on 4G.
SMARTY 5G Plans
You can get a 5G-ready plan from just £5/month on SMARTY.
The following table shows a list of SMARTY’s 5G-ready plans:
In the UK, SMARTY uses Three’s network to power their underlying service. This is offered without any speed restrictions or caps. As a result, you should get the same download speed whether you’re using your phone on SMARTY or on Three.
According to Ookla (H2 2021 data), Three has the UK’s fastest 5G network with a median download speed of 259Mbps and a median upload speed of 14Mbps.
According to SMARTY, the estimated maximum speeds available on their network are as follows:
|Technology||Download Speed||Upload Speed|
|5G||Up to 597Mbps||Up to 50Mbps|
|4G||Up to 70Mbps||Up to 22Mbps|
|3G||Up to 18Mbpds||Up to 2.6Mbps|
In practice, the speeds you get will depend on your location and device. Factors such as the signal strength in your area and the amount of available capacity will also have an impact.
APN Internet Settings
To access the internet on your phone, it’s important to have the right APN internet settings set up for SMARTY’s network.
The following APN or Access Point Name settings will allow you to use data on SMARTY, both in the UK and abroad:
|Smarty Mobile Internet APN Settings|
|Picture Message (MMS) Settings|
Frequently Asked Questions
|What network coverage does SMARTY offer?||
In the UK, SMARTY offers the following types of mobile coverage:
In addition, you can access 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling on a compatible device.
|How can I check SMARTY’s coverage in my area?||
The best way to check SMARTY’s coverage in your area is using their online coverage map. You can simply enter your postcode to see the coverage available where you live.
|Does SMARTY offer 5G coverage?||
Yes. As of January 2022, SMARTY now offers 5G at no extra cost on all of their plans. You’ll need a 5G-ready device and you’ll need to be in a 5G coverage area.
|What are 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling on SMARTY?||
4G Calling allows you to make and receive phone calls using VoLTE technology. It gives you a more reliable experience along with better quality HD phone calls.
Wi-Fi Calling allows you to make and receive phone calls and text messages wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection. It’s handy for staying in touch where a mobile signal isn’t available (e.g. when underground).
|Does SMARTY offer any international coverage?||
Yes. You can use your SMARTY SIM card at no extra cost when travelling in the EU. Outside the EU, you’ll need to top up your account with a cash balance to pay for your usage.