5G is powering future innovations that will transform many areas of our everyday lives

Vodafone 5G is live

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth and newest generation of mobile networking.

It gives you the freedom to be spontaneous, and live life in real time. Buffering is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. And a 5G future will bring us better living through 5G-enabled healthcare innovations, smart buildings and cities and safer spaces.

5G is going to be a game changer, opening up a new world of seamless opportunities. And it begins here.

How does 5G work?


5G works on larger channels to carry higher speeds. Get faster mobile speeds than you’ve ever experienced before - play multiplayer action games on the go, get real time map information and download movies in seconds.

Greater network capacity

Means you can be confidently connected in a crowd with reliable data and call connections in busy places like train stations and football matches.

Lower latency

The new technologies used by the 5G network are designed to create less latency (lag).

How fast is 5G?

5G will work at average speeds of 150-200Mbps, and peak speeds will reach 1Gbps. Which means you’ll be able to download a full HD film in around 3 minutes (compared to over 15 minutes on 4G).

This is up to 10 times faster than 4G.

  • Where 5G will work at average speeds of 150-200Mbps, 4G works at average speeds of 23-35Mbps

  • Where 5G will reach peak speeds of 1Gbps, 4G works at a maximum speed of 150Mbps

So how fast is 5G?

Where is 5G available?

Our 5G network is now live in seven UK cities. Find our 5G Vodafone network in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.

5G will then arrive in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton later this year.

Where will 5G be available?

Is 5G available in my area?

Use our Network Status Checker to see if 5G is available in your postcode area.

How can I get 5G?

You'll need a 5G ready plan and a 5G phone to connect to the Vodafone 5G network. If you buy a 5G phone you won't need a new 5G SIM.

Some 5G phones will need a software update to get 5G once the network is live. You'll also need to be in an area that has 5G coverage.

If you're using a 5G compatible phone in an area that doesn't have 5G coverage, your phone will automatically swap to 4G, 3G or 2G - depending on the signal that's available. Your 5G phone will then automatically reconnect to the 5G network once you're back in a 5G area.

How can I get 5G?

5G phones and devices

These 5G phones and devices are now available to buy at Vodafone and are compatible with our new 5G network (when you buy with a 5G ready plan).

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G


Galaxy S10 5G

Faster gaming, faster streaming, faster sharing, downloading and searching. The new Samsung Galaxy S10 - now available in 5G.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G


Mi MIX 3 5G

The Mi MIX 3 5G brings you ultra-fast downloading, VR/AR gaming, stable live video conferencing and HD video streaming across a 6.39-inch all-screen display.

Vodafone 5G GigaCube

Our GigaCube wireless router turns the Vodafone 5G network into Wi-Fi, connecting your family, friends and colleagues to a faster network.

Why Vodafone 5G?

5G in more places across the UK

Vodafone 5G is available in more places than any other network.

5G in more places abroad*

We’ll be the first mobile network to offer 5G roaming in Spain, Germany and Italy this summer.

3 months of Hatch gaming on us

Get 3 months of the world’s first gaming streaming service free when you buy a smartphone from Vodafone.

Stay up to date with Vodafone 5G

Sign up to our email to find out more about our new Vodafone 5G network and how you can start harnessing the power of 5G with your new 5G phone.

Get ready for the power of 5G

The power of 5G for business

5G can improve business efficiency and save costs, enable real-time remote collaboration, and let you work seamlessly on the move with a faster, more reliable connection. Be there at the start of an exciting journey to a world of innovative solutions such as self-driving cars, remote surgery and more.

More information on 5G and how it will change the world…

Because 5G will work on faster speeds, you’ll be able to download and stream the same size movies, songs and more – quicker. Which leaves you more time for even more downloading and streaming. You may use more data with 5G – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the launch of our new Unlimited 5G ready plans.

You’ll need a 5G ready phone to connect to the 5G network. You can find the 5G ready Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 at Vodafone. You’ll also need to buy a 5G plan and be in a 5G area.

The international safety recommendations for radio signals apply to all frequencies up to 300GHz, including 5G, and there is currently no verified evidence that 5G frequencies are harmful to humans. 

We are fully compliant with all national and international electromagnetic frequency regulations. Find out more

You must have a 5G ready device with the downloaded 5G software, a Vodafone 5G plan and 5G coverage. Coverage may be affected by a number of factors. For details see vodafone.co.uk/network/5g.

Vodafone is the second biggest mobile network in the world. And we’re the UK's best network for roaming because with Global Roaming Plus customers can use  their home plan abroad with no extra charges in 77 destinations – more than any other UK network – including the USA and Canada. From Summer 2019 if you’re on a 5G ready plan and device, you can also use 5G in Spain, Germany and Italy where it’s available.

3 months access to Hatch Premium on us: Available only on Android devices. Three months subscription to Hatch Premium on us (worth £6.99 a month) for Vodafone pay monthly mobile customers. After three months have elapsed you will be charged £6.99 per month on a rolling contract for access to Hatch Premium. Opt in and manual activation required at https://offers.vodafone.com/gb/offers?partner=hatch. Some features may be modified and may not be compatible with certain mobile devices. Please refer to the End User Licence Agreement with the relevant third party provider.