Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will start operating on July 3, making it the first airline in the United Kingdom to set a difficult date for the launch of its next-generation mobile network. The service will be available in seven cities at the beginning, and Vodafone plans to launch four telephones and a home router on its network in the coming months. The operator says that the prices of their 5G plans will be the same as their 4G equivalents and will announce the new pricing plans next week.
At the launch, Vodafone's 5G network will be available in seven cities; Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. By the end of the year, the operator plans to add 12 more cities: Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton, for a total of 19 cities. Outside the UK, Vodafone will offer 5G roaming in Germany, Italy and Spain.
Four 5G phones will soon be available for the new network. The first one, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, will go on sale starting next week, while the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) and the Samsung S10 5G will be available for pre-order later this month. Vodafone also says Huawei's 5G mobile phone, the Huawei Mate X, will be available this summer, and that a 5G home router called 5G Gigacube will also be available. The price of these phones and router will be announced next week, and will initially be available for use on 4G networks before the July 3 power-on date.
A July launch for the Vodafone network means that the first next generation mobile network in the UK could arrive months after the US. UU Verizon's 5G network went on in early April in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, but at that time we discovered that coverage was very limited when we tried it ourselves. There was also a single 5G device available at that time. Verizon also chose to charge $ 10 extra for 5G over 4G, while Vodafone customers will gain access to the new network at no additional charge. So, while the UK has had to wait longer than the US UU For its first 5G network, the launch will be available in more cities, with more devices and no additional cost over 4G.