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BT rolls out 5G access in big UK towns and cities

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Written by: Paloma Kubiak
10/02/2020
BT has launched a range of 5G plans available to customers across 50 cities and large towns in the UK.

Customers will have access to superfast 5G internet speeds on a range of devices. Plans start from £45 a month.

The 5G plans were previously only available to BT Halo customers but now the media giant is rolling out access across 50 cities and large town across the UK.

Cities include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Hull, Sunderland, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Bristol and Wakefield and Wolverhampton.

Towns include Maidstone, Watford, Northampton, Solihull, Rochdale and Huddersfield. BT hasn’t listed the full 50 areas on its website but you can check coverage for your area here.

You will need to have a 5G handset, 5G plan and be in a 5G area to experience 5G. If customers buy a 5G plan but are not in a 5G area, they will get 4G speeds instead.

There are four 5G plans available on Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus devices (Apple is yet to launch any 5G devices). BT customers can choose data allowances ranging from 6GB to 100GB, starting at £45 per month.

Existing BT Halo customers will also receive double data on all plans, with the 100GB option boosted to unlimited as part of the ‘no limits’ plan.

Pete Oliver, managing director of marketing, BT consumer, said: “Our BT Halo customers have been some of the first to enjoy 5G in the UK, and we’re now giving all of our customers the chance to get superfast, reliable mobile connections even in the busiest places.

“Whether you’re watching HD TV or sport on the go, or FaceTiming your family on the way home, 5G makes a huge difference to everyday experiences and opens up even more exciting new experiences like seamless augmented reality and HD mobile gaming.”

Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at Uswitch.com, said the move by BT could bring the 5G tech to a wider audience.

He said: “This move makes 5G a possibility for you if you live in 50 towns and cities including London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh.

“If you’re considering making the leap to 5G, first check what coverage you can expect – both at your home and place of work – by going to the provider’s website.

“Also bear in mind that 5G is a hungry beast when it comes to gobbling data, so it’s worth looking for the unlimited data tariffs offered by some providers.”

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