Most of the smartphones out there today are 4G and they replaced 3G after the introduction of 4G back in 2010. There is no doubt about the fact that it took 4G quite a few years to completely take over 3G but drastic results were seen in the very first year and made mobile phones working on 3G technologies less desirable and everyone wanted to get rid of their old 3G mobile phone. The life of iPhone 3GS was very short and the main reason for that was the introduction of 4G. Back in 2010, the product life cycle of a smartphone was much longer than what it is today. According to one research, the life cycle of a smartphone has shrunk to only 20 months due to rapid advancements in technology. Now things have changed several folds as compared to 2010. The networks are more experienced and know the drill. Every network has been working on to capture as much market as possible. This is once in a decade opportunity for all networks based in the UK. Hence if you want to upgrade your old mobile phone, it would be wise to wait until 5G mobile phones get available in the market at a cheap price. Although this is the best time to get maximum cash for phones which are using 4G technology. According to reports, the speed offered by 5G is almost 5 times better than currently offered by LTE version of 4G and is expected to soon be 10 times faster. But in the coming years, it will be much faster and will open new doors for many applications just as it happened in 2010 when we saw the UBER and snapchat benefiting from the 4G technology and started offering services which would not have been possible without 4G network.
It would be soon when all networks would be offering 5G services in the UK.
Below is the list of coverage and the dates of 5G release by different networks in the UK.
5G on EE
- EE 5G launch date: May 30, 2019
- EE 5G towns and cities: 6 (16 by end of the year)
5G on Vodafone
- Vodafone 5G launch date: July 3, 2019
- Vodafone 5G town and cities: 15 (22 by end of the year)
5G on Three UK
- Three 5G launch date: August 19, 2019 (broadband only)
- Three 5G launch cities: 1
5G on O2
- O2 5G launch date: October 2019
- O2 5G launch cities: 6
Currently, EE which is taken over by BT and is considered as the biggest network provider in Europe is taking the lead in launching 5G services in the UK followed by Vodafone which is also one of the major telecommunication players in the world.
Key 5G Facts
As of April 2019, the Global Mobile Suppliers Association had identified 224 operators in 88 countries that are actively investing in 5G
By October 2019, the number of announced 5G devices had risen to 129.
On 3 April 2019, South Korea became the first country to adopt 5G.
On 6 November 2013, Huawei announced plans to invest a minimum of $600 million into R&D for next-generation 5G networks capable of speeds 100 times faster than modern LTE networks.
Surprisingly Apple has disappointed its users as there is not even one single Apple iPhone which is capable of entertaining 5G services. And there is no doubt about the fact that the price of all iPhones will crash dramatically once new iPhone capable of 5g will be introduced. Samsung has taken the lead and has offered a 5G capable mobile phone. Samsung Galaxy s10 has a 5G modem and that lets you benefit from the features and high speed offered by 5G network. A mobile phone loses almost 3% of its market value a month in normal circumstances but in this case, it is expected that most of the 4G mobile phones will lose more than 5% of their value a month after the launch of 5G services. So, the time has already started and the cash you can get from your old mobile phone is getting less. You should seriously consider not buying a new mobile phone unless it's not 5G capable and should consider selling your old mobile phone if it's not 5G and a couple of years