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 available in:

  • Birkenhead
  • Birmingham
  • Bolton
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow
  • Lancaster
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newbury
  • Plymouth
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Wolverhampton

5G will then arrive in Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton and Warrington later this year.

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

Where will 5G be available?

Why Vodafone 5G?

5G in more places across the UK

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

5G at no extra cost

All our unlimited plans are 5G ready at no extra cost.

5G in more places abroad*

We are the first mobile network to offer 5G roaming in Spain, Germany and Italy.

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.

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.

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 A90 5G


Galaxy A90 5G

A triple-lens camera with a 48-megapixel wide angle lens, a 6.7-inch Infinity-U Display and an intelligent battery. Complete with a premium metal body and colour block finish.

Huawei Mate 20 X


Mate 20 X 5G

A truly immersive 7.2-inch screen, fast Kirin 980 processor and easy-grip design make the Huawei Mate 20 X the ideal gaming phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+


Galaxy Note10+ 5G

Samsung’s fabulous phablet returns with loads of new features, 5G compatibility and enough power to handle the most demanding tasks.

Vodafone 5G GigaCube

Connect family, friends and colleagues to our super-fast 5G network with GigaCube. It can support up to 64 devices, so everybody can benefit from the power of 5G.

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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 phone to connect to the 5G network. You can find the 5G enabled Huawei Mate 20 X, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 at Vodafone. You’ll also need to buy a 5G ready 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

Vodafone 5G will cost the same as 4G, because we don’t think you should have to pay extra for a better experience. Our Unlimited 5G ready plans start from £23 a month.

The 4G Gigacube can reach speeds up to 300Mbps, and the 5G Gigacube can reach speeds up to 1GB, but the speeds achieved on your device while using the GigaCube may vary significantly. Speeds can vary depending on the layout of your home, the number of people using the Gigacube, your network coverage in the area and other environmental and technological influences.

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. If you’re on a 5G ready plan and device, you can now experience 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.