Contract-free mobile operator VOXI, which is an MVNO (virtual operator) sibling of Vodafone UK, has today announced that all new and existing customers will be offered the next generation of “superfast” 5G mobile (mobile broadband) technology as standard and “at no extra cost.” The announcement says this “means that every customer will be able to download and stream up to ten times faster – even when in busy places,” although we note the “up to” caveat in that. Most of the benchmarks we’ve seen for 5G in the UK have tended to show that it delivers an ‘average’ speed boost of around 4-5 times (usually c.100-150Mbps) that of 4G, so you’ll be lucky to get ten times that, but better peak speeds are possible. In addition, until 29th July 2021, new customers can claim even more data with a new deal – this includes 15GB data (usually it’s only 8GB) for just £10 a month, which also gives you endless data to scroll through Facebook & Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter. Likewise, VOXI’s 20GB data plan (usually it’s only 15GB) is now £15 a month, with endless data for social and endless data to stream unlimited content on TikTok, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. The offers both come with unlimited calls and texts, free roaming in 48 European destinations and 5G at no extra cost. Otherwise, existing VOXI customers will automatically have the 5G capability added to their plans over the “coming weeks,” but you will obviously need a 5G-enabled Smartphone and be moving through a 5G upgraded area in order to benefit (coverage is still quite limited).
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