Three to offer 5G at no extra cost
Three’s monthly contract, SIM-only and pay-as-you-go customers will all benefit from the faster mobile broadband speeds.
Three will roll out its 5G mobile network later this year, across 25 cities. It claims to be the only UK network that can offer customers a “true” 5G experience thanks to its 100MHz of contiguous spectrum.
Mobile users need a 5G handset to benefit from 5G speeds. Three is starting to sell the new Huawei Mate 20 X 5G device from today, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G will follow soon.
However, Three has warned that the introduction of 5G means that UK consumers are expected to use 13 times more mobile data by 2025 than today.
The network is urging customers who want to make the most of 5G to take out an unlimited plan, so they don’t have to worry about any extra costs.
Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: “Three is leading the way with 5G, by providing our customers with unlimited data and the fastest speeds. Our customers will be able to enjoy and explore a full 5G experience, at the same cost as 4G.
“The forthcoming months are going to be game-changing and with our unrestricted plans, we are looking forward to unleashing the full potential of 5G to all.”
Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “Three is the latest network to unveil its plans for 5G services and there’s a lot for consumers to get excited about. The network is offering 5G to all of its customers at ‘no extra cost’, meaning 4G users can enjoy the new service at the same price they are currently paying.
“The deal makes Three cheaper than EE, which charges a premium for its next-generation service. And the provider, which won the uSwitch award for best roaming, has set itself apart from Vodafone by not capping the speeds of its services.
“Three’s offer of an unlimited data SIM-only deal starting from £22 a month is excellent value, but consumers will need to factor in the cost of buying a 5G-ready handset.”
Three’s announcement comes the day after O2 announced its 5G switch-on date – O2 is yet to announce pricing for its 5G tariffs.