Welcome to our roundup of the best 5G deals and tariffs around. On this page, we've gathered together the best 5G deals on the hottest handsets - whether you're buying 5G phones in the US or the UK.
On many US and UK networks, the cost of 5G is not that much more than 4G and some aren't charging a premium at all for 5G access. And with new 5G phones emerging all the time, existing handsets are only going to get cheaper. That means you'll be able to pick up some cracking deals on 5G phones during 2021.
5G rollout was a little slower than expected in 2020 due to the global situation, but 2021 is set to be a bumper year for new locations, with many networks announcing new locations on a regular basis.
Our 5G deals are constantly updated with our easy-to-use and widgets which you can see below. These deals will change on a regular basis, so do check back if you can't find what you want.
What 5G phones are available now?
This year is already seeing something of a transition - while most flagship phones were 5G-enabled in 2020, this year is already seeing many more 5G phones popping up at the mid-range and lower end of the market.
All the major brands now have 5G phones available including Apple with the iPhone 12 series, Google with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G and OnePlus OnePlus 8 series.
Samsung still leads the way with a full range of 5G phones now on the market including last year's Note 20 and Galaxy S20 series (and the newer S20 FE 5G variant) plus the new Galaxy S21 series. There are also cheaper phones to choose from, too, such as the Galaxy A51 5G which is a steal on many deals.
In the mid-range, Nokia has announced the Nokia 8.3 5G and there are plenty of efforts from other manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus and more in this area.
What 5G phones are coming out in 2021?
Every flagship phone in 2021 will be a 5G phone. That includes the iPhone 13 (or more likely 14) when that arrives later in the year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 21, OnePlus 9 series, Nokia 7.3 5G, Huawei P50 series plus numerous high-end foldable devices such as the Galaxy Fold E, which is expected to be cheaper than the current Galaxy Z Fold 2.
We'll update this list with more handsets as we hear about them on the horizon. While the pandemic did appear to have an effect on some 2020 launches, we're not expecting this to be the case for the majority of 2021. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S21 even launched earlier than we had anticipated.
What to look for when comparing 5G deals
- Look for 5G plans - If you're not buying a network plan with a 5G phone, check your existing plan is 5G-enabled with your provider. You may need to pay more in some cases.
- Data - Unless you are planning to use mobile data sparingly, you need to have unlimited data with 5G deals - or at least a generous data allowance like 10 or 20GB. Our experiences with 5G show that you eat through data fairly rapidly.
- Upfront cost - You may be better off paying more upfront for a phone or buying one outright SIM-free and then adding a 5G plan yourself.
- Explore cheaper alternatives - Unless you're keen to have a phone from a particular brand, shop around. The price differences between networks are quite sizeable, even for the same device.
What to look for in a 5G phone
- Are they actually 5G? - Many phones not launched in the last year are not 5G. So make sure you're not being duped into choosing a 4G phone.
- Only the features you need - 5G phones are mostly quite expensive, so it's important to choose one that actually suits your needs rather than going for the best one on a super-expensive deal.
- Battery life - Look out for the battery life, since 5G phones can be a bit more thirsty in this department. It's best to go for independent assessments because manufacturers will always overstate this.
- Camera - It's fair to say that the cameras on all of the below phones are strong, but it's worth looking up more information and camera samples if you want to take particular styles of photos. Night Mode is a particular strength of some handsets but still a weakness of others - make sure you're getting something that you want, especially if you're paying a lot of money for a 5G device.
The best 5G phone deals
Here we've suggested the top deals for each of the key 5G handsets currently on the market and we're adding more as big-name 5G phones continue to roll out.
Check back as these deals will change regularly - the price widgets are dynamically populated so they'll automatically be filled with the very latest and best deals.