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WITH Apple unveiling its first 5G iPhone this week, plenty of people are looking for the cheapest way to access the next-gen mobile network.
Fortunately, most of the major operators now offer 5G contracts – though they’re often pretty pricey.
All of the major mobile makers – including Samsung, Huawei, Google and now Apple – sell 5G handsets. Their names almost always contain “5G”.
On top of a 5G-compatible phone, you’ll also need to be on a 5G contract from whatever mobile operator you use.
All of the big guns in this department offer SIM-only 5G contracts now, though coverage is limited to certain cities – more on that later.
So you’ve got yourself a 5G mobile, and need to connect it to a 5G network.
Each phone carrier offers SIM-only deals that let you connect to their 5G towers – though they’re only available in certain cities and towns.
To find out whether you can access 5G in your area, we’ve put together a handy guide here.
Once you’re happy you can use 5G, take a look at some of the SIM-only deals below and pick whichever one takes your fancy.
Just like 4G (and 3G before that), 5G is simply a new generation of mobile internet.
Phone networks have tweaked the technology to deliver faster speeds – and have dubbed it the “5th generation”, or 5G.
In the UK, 5G speeds are already coming in at around 10 times the average 4G speeds.
And loads of phone makers have produced 5G-ready handsets, including Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus and now even Apple too.
READY to upgrade to super-fast 5G internet? You can easily check if you’ve got a 5G mast in your area.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that 5G is completely safe, and can’t give you cancer or coronavirus.
Scientists have also debunked claims of “deadly 5G radiation”, so enjoy your speedy internet in peace.
And it says you can also access 5G in 70 locations across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland to boot.
You can check for Vodafone 5G network coverage here. Just make sure to hit the “5G” tab on the side of the map.
Early theories suggested 5G could lead to cancer – and now crackpots have linked it to coronavirus too.
Radiation damages cells by breaking them apart, but 5G microwaves simply lack the power to do this.
In fact, it’s essential that 5G is low-frequency, because higher frequencies are less useful at delivering mobile signals over large areas.
We know that this level of radiation is safe, because otherwise the visible light from our televisions would have killed us a long time ago.
Even very powerful low-frequency radiation won’t hurt you. For instance, microwaves can be used in ovens to provide a heating effect – but phone signals are far less powerful than that.
According to decades of scientific research, there is no reason why 5G should cause any harm.
This type of radiation (and more powerful radiation) is already widely used, and experienced commonly in our daily lives.
These fires cost money, put lives at risk, and damage vital network infrastructure that keeps people connected.
So rest easy: 5G is safe and will mean you can download your favourite TV shows and movies faster than ever.
All prices were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.
In other news, Apple recently unveiled the latest version of the Apple Watch – its cheapest smartwatch in years.
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