Sky Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) which uses O2’s infrastructure and spectrum. It doesn’t currently offer 5G, but it has confirmed that it will continue its partnership with O2 for that and that it will launch 5G by November.
It will also continue offering its standout features on 5G plans, such as the ability to roll over data, alter your allowances, swap to new 5G handsets every year, and get unlimited streaming on all Sky apps.
When will Sky Mobile launch 5G?
Sky Mobile has said that it will launch 5G by November. The use of the word ‘by’ is interesting, because it leaves the potential for it to launch earlier. However, Sky Mobile is reliant on O2 for 5G, meaning it can’t launch before that network does in October.
Indeed, it had previously said that it would launch 5G at the same time as O2. Whether October or November though, that would put it ahead of most MVNOs.
Which cities will get Sky Mobile 5G first?
Sky Mobile can only launch 5G in cities where O2 has a 5G service. That means the first places it will have 5G coverage will be Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Slough.
It will then expand to 14 more locations by the end of 2019, for 20 in total. These are as follows: Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Eton, Guildford, Leicester, Lisburn, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, Stoke and Windsor.
And during 2020 at least 30 more locations will get 5G, some of which have been named. Specifically: Aberdeen, Bradford, Brighton, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Cambridge, Glasgow, Hove, Kingston, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle, Northampton, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
But as coverage will be the same as O2, you can check out our guide to O2 5G for all the latest information.
Will I need a new phone or device to use 5G on Sky Mobile?
Almost certainly, as at the time of writing there aren’t many 5G phones available, so unless you recently upgraded to a 5G handset you will. Sky Mobile itself is already selling several 5G handsets though, with more sure to land soon.