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Get EE or get network envy

We’ve been the UK’s no.1 network seven years in a row – and we’ve just been awarded no.1 for 5G, too. Our 5G network gives you a more reliable service, speeds like you’ve never seen before and instant connection to the content you love most. See below why we are the envy of every other network.

Better connection

Crowd-beating connection in busy places
Our 5G network keeps you ahead of the crowds. Before 5G, connections could slow down or stop working altogether when too many people tried to connect in one place at one time. But our 5G network has much more space for everyone – so you can keep watching movies at the train station, video calling from the match, and streaming music at the shopping centre.

Better connection

Speeds to be jealous of
We don’t need to tell you that our 5G offers faster mobile speeds than ever before: you can feel it. You’ll feel it when you download a movie and it takes seconds. When you stream a box set at high resolution with no buffering. And when you experience video calls so crisp and clear that they feel like real life.

Better connection

Enviable experiences
Our 5G network opens up all kinds of new possibilities with augmented and virtual reality. Walk around the African Savannah without leaving your garden, visit the beaches of Hawaii from your local park. Skip across the surface of the moon. Get lost in your favourite games when you’re travelling to work, battling monsters and winning football matches while you wait for the bus.

No other network gives you 5G in more places

We’re continuing our 5G rollout plans, we’re bringing it to even more of the UK this year, so everyone can experience unbelievably fast speeds on the UK’s no.1 network.

Click here for the full list of cities and towns.

To give our customers the very best experience, we’re focusing our efforts on the busiest places, where the power of 5G can make the biggest difference. All our 5G customers will get a more reliable connection, even in the biggest crowds.

Don’t forget to check your coverage!

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5G: Check coverage at ee.co.uk/coverage before buying. Speeds vary by location, coverage and demand. 5G coverage, plan & compatible device needed.

NO.1 5G NETWORK: based on analysis of 5G speed, reliability, and availability data collected by RootMetrics® in Jan-Jun 2020. Tested at locations across the UK with the best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary.

UK’S NO.1 NETWORK 7 YEARS IN A ROW: Rankings based on the RootMetrics® UK RootScore® Report: From H2 2013 to H1 2020. Tested with best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of EE. Visit ROOTMETRICS.CO.UK for more details.

5G IN MORE PLACES THAN ANY OTHER UK NETWORK: Verify more places at ee.co.uk/coverage.

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What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless internet technology (which lets us access the web on our devices while we’re on the move). It’s the successor to 4G and is set to carry us into the future of mobile web browsing, meaning we’ll be able to stay better connected on 5G phones. 

Through advanced methods (such as the use of higher radio wave frequencies), it’s expected to significantly improve the way we utilise the internet when we don’t have wi-fi. 

Thanks to 5G, in years to come we’ll be in a position to do things we could never have imagined nowadays.

How is 5G Different from 4G?

5G is different from 4G in many ways, but something you’ll notice in particular is how much quicker it is. 5G offers considerably better download speeds than 4G (up to 10 times faster actually), making web browsing as effortless as ever.

That isn’t everything, though; 5G also has improved latency and increased capacity compared to 4G. It’s these factors which make 5G far more reliable than its predecessor, so you’ll be streaming, gaming and surfing the net pretty swiftly. The days of buffering and lost connections are long gone!

How Fast is 5G?

In the UK, the average 5G download speed is 138.1Mbps (based on “real life” tests conducted by Opensignal).

However, this is just scratching the surface of what 5G is capable of; the network was created to sustain speeds of 150-200Mbps. At its peak, it even has the potential to exceed 1Gbps (that’s 1,000 Mbps) in some areas. Those are seriously impressive stats.

Although we’re not quite reaching the summit of what 5G can do yet, it’s still producing speeds far swifter than previous generations. So, there are ample reasons to invest in a 5G-ready phone today, with more to look forward to in the coming years.

Is 5G Faster Than Wi-Fi?

Yep. In the UK, the typical download speed of 5G is faster than the standard for wi-fi. In fact, the latest figures show that 5G is almost four times quicker, boasting an average speed which is 104Mbps faster! 

On 5G, you really will be cruising the internet at a nippier pace than ever before.

How to Get 5G on my Phone?


You need three things to access 5G on your phone: a handset that’s 5G enabled, a 5G data plan, and a location where 5G is available. When you have each of these, you will automatically join a 5G network.

Older models simply can’t support 5G, as they’re not fitted with the modem and chipset required to connect to it. Most of the recent releases come equipped with this technology, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy 5G on a state-of-the-art device. A wide variety of 5G mobiles are already on sale, so keep an eye out for these when looking for a new smartphone.

The last element you’ll require is a 5G plan. If you want to be among the first 5G users, select one that uses this technology when shopping for your next device. There are plenty to choose from and you’ll easily find a plan that suits your needs!

Where Can I Get 5G?


While 5G isn’t live everywhere in the country yet, it is available in the UK’s biggest towns and cities. This includes London, Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh (to name just a few). 

5G is still being rolled out, which means you’ll be using it in other places around the nation soon enough.

What Phones Support 5G?


Many of the newest, top-of-the-range smartphones are 5G compatible, so you can use 5G while enjoying the freshest features.

Amongst this selection is the iPhone 12 Pro, the Huawei P40 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G and the Sony Xperia 1 II. You’ll also be able to relish 5G on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and the Nokia 8.3 5G. 

There really is a 5G handset to suit every kind of user and budget. If you’re eager to get your hands on a 5G-ready device for as little as possible, browse our current collection and bag yourself a cracking deal, now.

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