BT launches 5G smartphone plans

11 October 2019

BT 5G phones and plans

As we reported yesterday, BT’s 5G service is available today in 20 cities and towns around the UK. The confirmed cities are London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Coventry, Leicester and Bristol.

If you’re on BT Mobile, then you can upgrade to a new 5G plan, provided you reside in any of the coverage areas. 25 more towns and cities are set to be covered by the end of the year, so the wait won’t be long!

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Four new 5G plans

BT is offering BT Plus customers a selection of four brand-new 5G plans to boost your device with super-fast connection speeds. Each plan offers double data which makes a lot of sense as that is what BT-owned EE currently offers its customers. 

BT Plus customers can choose from a 12GB, 30GB, 60GB or 200GB 5G plan, starting from just £45 per month. The selection of 5G phones is also impressive, featuring:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  • OPPO Reno 5G
  • Huawei Mate 20 X

When the Halo plan comes into play in November, 5G and BT Plus customers will be able to enjoy unlimited data.

It will be one to watch to see how popular BT’s new phone plans become, the pricing is certainly competitive but the coverage might not yet be broad enough.

Faster and more reliable connection

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said, “Our 5G service provides customers with a faster and more reliable connection in high demand, crowded areas across the UK at peak times.”

BT’s 5G mobile service uses the EE 5G network, which is widely available, this should have a positive impact on speeds and reliability for mobile users. BT promises a speed increase of 100-150Mbps, even in very busy areas. Suggesting that users can download movies in mere seconds!

Currently, BT’s 5G network is operating in incredibly busy train stations including Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross. Will it keep up with the demand? Only time will tell.

Business 5G plans

BT isn’t just offering 5G plans for the general user but also businesses. Businesses constantly need a reliable connection and super-fast speeds in order to work efficiently. Which is exactly why BT has created these tailored 5G plans.

BT business customers have access to 6GB, 30GB, or 60GB 5G mobile plans. As workforces become increasingly mobile, this could see huge popularity.

Leading the pack

It’s impressive that BT has raced ahead against the likes of O2 and Three, who have no 5G mobile plan offerings as of yet. Being the third provider to offer 5G mobile plans is great news for the company and places them at the forefront of the super-speedy technology.

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