The emphasis Apple have put on the new iPhone 12 phones was very much 5G.

5G is available in the U.K. but not everywhere yet. If you plan on buying a 5G phone either an Apple or another manufacturer’s phone you are advised to do the following:

  1. Check online to see where it is available with your chosen provider – EE, O2, Vodafone or Three.
  2. Check when it is likely to be available where you live if it is not already available.

I live in Devon and it is certainly not available there yet.

So if you are in the market for a new mobile, you need to decide it 5G is on for you or decide whether to wait for another year to see if it is more established. It will likely take a year or two to become as plentiful as 4G is. If you live in a rural area it may not become available at all. If you decide to wait the iPhone 11 models will suit you as they are now cheaper than before due to the arrival of the iPhone 12. Having said that, the 12’s do have some improvements and they will be future proofed when 5G does come your way.

5G will eventually replace WiFi as it is extremely fast.

For your information the main Virtual Mobile Networks that piggyback on the 4 major networks are as follows:

ASDA Mobile uses the EE network
BT Mobile uses EE
giffgaff uses O2
Plusnet Mobile uses EE
Sky Mobile uses O2
TalkTalk Mobile uses O2
Tesco Mobile uses O2
The Phone Coop uses EE
Virgin Mobile uses EE
Network Rail uses all the networks – EE, O2, Vodafone and Three.

EE is owned by BT as is Plusnet
O2 and giffgaff are owned by Telefonica of Spain

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