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EE rolls out 5G to 35 more UK towns and cities - how to check if there's coverage in your area

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EE mobile customers with 5G contracts and compatible handsets can now access the faster service in 35 more locations across the UK, including Brighton, Swansea and York. It's the latest expansion in 5G coverage by one of the major networks - we've details below on how to check which areas are covered by all four of the major providers. 

Put simply, 5G is the fifth generation of the technology used to deliver the mobile internet, ie, to get online on a mobile or dongle without needing to connect to a cable or Wi-Fi. It promises to be up to 100 times faster than 4G and 2,000 times faster than 3G – the type of technology you're probably familiar with as they're what appear on most phones when you go online using your mobile's network. 

Read our Guide to 5G for more info on how 5G works, how to get it and how much it costs. Bear in mind that 5G has limited availability and is very expensive, so if you're on the lookout for a new phone or Sim use our Cheap Mobile Finder to compare 50+ retailers and resellers to find your top deal. 

Where EE has expanded its 5G coverage to - the full list

In total, 160 locations now have access to EE's 5G network - here's a full list of the 35 towns and cities that have just been added:

  1. Aldridge
  2. Alexandria
  3. Aylesbury
  4. Ayr
  5. Barnsley
  6. Biggleswade
  7. Blackburn
  8. Bolton
  9. Brighton
  10. Chester
  11. Colchester
  12. Dundee
  13. Exeter
  14. Grantham
  15. Gravesend
  16. Harrogate
  17. Lincoln
  18. Milton Keynes
  19. Norwich
  20. Paignton
  21. Poole
  22. Portsmouth
  23. Rickmansworth
  24. Runcorn
  25. Southport
  26. Stockton-on-Tees
  27. Stoke-on-Trent
  28. Stratford-upon-Avon
  29. Sunbury-on-Thames
  30. Swansea
  31. Swindon
  32. Widnes
  33. Wigan
  34. Worcester
  35. York

How to check whether there's 5G coverage in your area

Before you take out a 5G deal check whether your town or city has coverage. Here's a round-up of the major mobile networks' 5G capability:  

  • EE now has 5G in more than 160 UK towns and cities - use its 5G coverage tool to check your local area.
  • O2's 5G network reaches more than 150 UK towns and cities. Use its coverage checker for more info. 
  • Three currently has 5G in almost 200 UK towns and cities - use its network coverage tool to check your area. 
  • Vodafone has 5G in 100 UK towns and cities - use its network status checker to see if 5G is available. 

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