EE to launch 5G in 16 cities in 2019

Certain areas of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester will be first, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol for the second phase later in 2019 :grinning:


When they launched 4G I remember being “Meh” as 3G was fine.

Then I got the speed of 4GEE and I was floored.

Looking forward to this! (Other than me hating EE contracts)


Just need a phone with 5g


Them :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: removing Max plans from SimOnly offering… Very upset about that. Willing to give them extra dolla for the speed and them not wanting to take my money (unless I get a new phone with them) is very upsetting.

But yay 5G. Now when are those 5G iPhones coming out :stuck_out_tongue:

Maybe in 2024? :joy:


Don’t be a hater :wink:

it is either 2019 (unlikely) or 2020


Just kidding. I’m just still in shock that it took them until this year to put Type-C on an iDevice. And still not on the iPhones.

5G Android phones exist already, and I expect the major flagships will have it by early next year so Apple probably won’t be too far behind.


In all fairness until this summer there was no finalized spec and thus no chips on the market that were offering certified 5G. Apple tends to avoid half-baked technology… usually…


I’m excited for this … It’ll speed up 4g :slight_smile:

When 4G came out the data hogs moved and I stayed on DC-HSPA and my speeds went up to 18-25Mbps down and about 6-10Mbps up from about 3Mbps / 0.5Mbps.

I’m hoping the same happens with 5G :smile:


I think a lot of that speed increase was due to the backhaul to the masts being upgraded when they were 4g’d

What for? I’m happy with 4G speeds :slight_smile:
I think 5G is designed for special services and mobile broadband…

It is iterative upgrade of the standard. Essentially offers more sprectrum which means less congestion. I can definitely feel the congestion and the amazing speeds that 4G was offering for early adopters are long gone in heavily populated places such as London :slight_smile:

P.s.: Different people, different needs. There are plenty of people still ok with 3G and even some happy with 2G speeds :sunglasses:

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If I end up with a new 8 or Xr then I’m guaranteed to stick with 4g for the next few years!

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I remember that ‘Meh’ moment too. I have to say, that I still have it. I’ve used 4GEE and it is very fast, but for 99% of my browsing, a good 3G signal is more than adequate. :man_shrugging:


I’m not really surprised Cardiff is in there. I get really get good speeds in Cardiff City Centre (upwards of 80 down) but when there is a big event, it really does struggle. The speed is there but the capacity isn’t :expressionless:

I’m sure there are use cases for which this will be a big deal but I can’t say that I’ve ever found 4G to be too slow for the things I do on my phone. I think I’d probably still be fine with HSDPA for streaming Spotify and browsing the web.

I’m pretty sure Three will be in a good position for 5G. They bought a big chunk of spectrum a couple of years ago. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete with EE :thinking:

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O2 only upgraded my local mast to 4G this year, so I’m not holding my breath as to when I’ll get 5G round here.

Oh joy, the totally flat, most densely populated city in the country - Portsmouth - misses the cut yet again. Have not even got a Brewdog yet!

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Doubt it. They already don’t know how to manage their current LTE network. Their congestion in populated areas is crazy. But hey, at least they’ve got this thing going, because surely people subscribe for a mobile plan for “rewards” and not reliable network access.

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