Vodafone customers are being treated to a huge speed boost from today with the mobile network officially offering rapid 5G speeds.

This new technology is capable of beaming the web to devices at over 300Mbps meaning a full HD movie could be accessed in a matter of minutes.

Full details about Vodafone’s plans have just been announced at an event in London with the firm saying it will offer fully unlimited plans from today.

The first areas to access the new network will include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London with more areas being added throughout the year.

Speaking about the news, Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “5G will transform the way we live and work. Our customers are streaming over 50% more content today than they did last year, and with 5G the demand for data is only set to increase.

“That is why we want to remove the limits on data, so that customers can unlock the full potential of 5G, and we can really propel the UK into the digital age.

“By offering unlimited plans to our consumer and business customers, we will revolutionise the market. We will give customers all the data they need, when and where they want it.”

HERE’S THE NEW PLANS

Vodafone Unlimited Max: At £30 per month, it gives users unlimited mobile access at speeds as fast as the device and the network will allow. It is perfect for people who want to take advantage of the latest technology, such as live virtual reality, watching live TV and sport in 4K with ultra-high definition video and gaming on the go.

Vodafone Unlimited: Costing £26 per month and offering speeds of up to 10 Mbps, it is ideal for customers who want to stream boxsets and films and download on the go, without worrying about their data usage.

Vodafone Unlimited Lite: Aimed at users who want to chat on social apps, browse the internet and stream music, this service costs £23 per month and offers speeds of up to 2 Mbps.

Along with the plans, Vodafone has also announced the devices that will be available on its service.

The network says customers can choose from two 5G smartphones – the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, as well as a 5G router, the 5G GigaCube.

The 5G GigaCube is ideal for use in the home and office, giving customers high-speed broadband access up to 10 times faster than 4G. 

Although Vodafone now joins EE in actually launching 5G, another UK network is making some bold claims about why it could beat its rivals.

Three Mobile has just confirmed that its 5G service will launch in August with the company boasting that, at launch, its 5G technology will be at least two times faster than any other UK provider.

In fact, Three is convinced it will be the only network that can offer a “true” 5G experience.

Three will begin by releasing its 5G signal in homes in a bid to shake up the fixed-line broadband market.

Along with being much faster than most broadband bundles, Three says that its 5G wireless home broadband is estimated to save people £240 per year as there won’t be any need to have a phone line or expensive installation.

Speaking at the launch of 5G, Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: “It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data.

“We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end to end 5G experience. 5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the UK who can offer true 5G.”