Our 5G network provides a more reliable mobile experience, giving you quicker downloads, uploads, and super clear connections. The kids won’t be waiting for their film to be ready. You won’t be twiddling your thumbs while your emails send. And no more frozen images of the grandparents when you’re video calling. Everything’s faster and everyone’s happier on 5G.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networking. It can handle loads more data than 4G and is significantly faster than it, too. For you, it promises much faster speeds and less lag wherever you are, giving you instant connectivity even in the busiest of places.
You can use your Clubcard points to get money off the latest 5G phone – they’re worth double. On top of that if you subscribe to Clubcard Plus, you’ll get double data every month too. You also collect 1 point for every £1 on your mobile bill. Every little helps.
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To really get the most out of 5G, get all your family onto Tesco Mobile too. When you’re all on the same account, you each get extra Clubcard points, free extra data, extra minutes or money off your bill. Whatever makes each of you happy!
As 5G is faster than 4G, files will take less time to download but the size of the file will remain the same. 5G won’t use more mobile data to download that same file. But, if you’re thinking that you might download more, because it’s quicker to do so, you can use our data calculator to see if you will need to get a bigger data allowance with your 5G contract.
At the moment, the 5G network is slowly rolling out worldwide, with some countries adopting it faster than others – like the UK. Check back with us often to see if 5G is coming to you, or if where you’re planning on travelling is 5G-ready.
A key difference between 4G and 5G is how fast you can download or stream files over your mobile data connection. For a full run-down of the difference between the technologies, check our 4G vs. 5G article.
There’s no evidence to suggest that 5G is harmful. Last year, the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) published a draft review of their mobile frequency guidelines and said that none of the frequencies used by mobile communications, including 5G, required amendments to their guidelines.
Unfortunately, no. A phone needs a 5G chipset and modem to connect to a 5G network. Newer phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, the iPhone 12, and the iPhone 12 Pro are 5G-ready because they have the right chipset and modem to connect.