What is 5G?
5G is the next generation of mobile networks and it's expected to be transformational. On a 5G phone you'll notice two big benefits: faster speeds and rapid response times. On average, 5G is 10-15 percent faster than 4G LTE and 5G+ is 10 times or more faster than 4G LTE, with an average speed of over 1 Gbps!
What’s 5G vs 5G+?
Cellcom is offering 5G in two versions: 5G and 5G+. With 5G+ you’ll experience ultrafast data. It’s about 10 times or more faster than 4G LTE, with an average speed of over 1 Gbps — responses are almost instantaneous! You’ll enjoy smoother streaming, quicker uploads, more realistic video, and minimal delays. On 5G you’ll have speeds that, on average, are 10-15 percent faster than 4G. You’ll generally find 5G+ in more urban areas and in venues that hold large crowds such sport arenas and concert halls, and 5G will be common in rural settings. Your 5G experience may change as you travel, depending on whether you’re on 5G+ or 5G.
When will Cellcom have 5G in my area?
Cellcom has 5G in areas throughout the U.S. We'll continue to expand our 5G coverage both locally and nationally in the months and years to come. We're committed to bringing 5G to cities and rural communities.
Do I have to buy a new phone to use 5G?
You must have a 5G phone to experience 5G. You'll also need to have 5G software installed and Cellcom's latest SIM card in your phone. Check to see if your phone is 5G. You may need to do an over-the-air software update and stop in a Cellcom store for a new SIM.
If you don’t have a 5G phone and you’re ready to upgrade, we have 5G phone options at every price point! View our current lineup.
I already have a 5G phone. Does it automatically use 5G?
No, you will not automatically experience 5G. In addition to having a 5G phone and being in an area where Cellcom has 5G coverage, you'll also need 5G software and the latest SIM.
How do I know if my SIM card is 5G-compatible?
To access Cellcom’s 5G network you must have the latest Cellcom SIM card. There are two ways to determine if you have the necessary SIM card:
- Physically: Remove your SIM card. If the SIM card is labeled “Mobile 2.0”, your SIM card is 5G capable. If the card says “Mobile”, visit a Cellcom location to request a new SIM card.
- Phone ‘About’ Menu: Your phone’s menu can display the ID of your SIM card. If your SIM card’s ICCID has a prefix of 89018xxxx, you have a 5G-capable SIM card. If it does not, visit a Cellcom location to request a new SIM card.
- iOS/iPadOS: Open Settings, Select General, Select About. Scroll down to the Physical SIM section to view your ICCID.
- Android: Open Settings, Select About Phone, Select Status Information, Select SIM Card Status to view your ICCID.
Learn more about getting a new SIM card at Cellcom.com/newSIM.
Are 5G phones more expensive?
5G phones have been out for a few years and the prices have dropped, making 5G affordable for many. After Cellcom launches 5G+, you must have a phone that is compatible with it to experience ultrafast speeds and almost instantaneous responses. Select devices support 5G+. Cellcom carries 5G phones for the budget conscious, premium devices, and everything in between! View our current lineup.
Will my 4G phone work after Cellcom rolls out its 5G network?
Yes. You will still be able to use your 4G device after 5G rolls out; you just can’t take advantage of 5G benefits. You may notice an enhanced experience because our 5G preparations also benefit 4G users. 5G will not replace 4G. It will complement and work in tandem with 4G for years to come.
Why does my 5G phone get hot and/or the battery drains much faster than my older phone?
Connecting to multiple networks can require more power, which can cause your battery to drain faster or your device to feel warm. This will continue to improve as networks and devices are optimized for the new technology. Device manufacturers have accounted for this in current devices and have features to optimize battery life and data usage.
Where will Cellcom have 5G?
Visit cellcom.com/map to see where Cellcom has 5G today. We'll continue to expand 5G coverage in other communities and nationally in the months and years to come.
Do I have to pay extra for 5G?
No, there is no additional charge for 5G. All 5G usage counts towards your plan’s data allotment.
Do all plans include 5G?
5G access is included at no additional charge in the following plans: Premium Unlimited, Smart Data Plan, Lifeline Plus, Tribal Lifeline Plus, Advance Pay Talk/Text, Business Premium Unlimited and Share Plus. All 5G usage counts toward your plan’s data allotment.
Are rural communities going to get 5G?
When you choose the simpler, quieter pace of a smaller community, you still want and need access to the same technology found in urban areas. Cellcom has always been committed to serving our rural customers and we plan to maintain this commitment as we rollout 5G. Rural communities are already included in Cellcom's 5G coverage area and we will be rolling out to more rural communities and nationally in the months and years to come.
Is the super-fast 5G+ only in metro areas?
Whether you’re in the city, enjoying the slower pace of a rural community or relaxing in the Northwoods, you’re going to appreciate the two big benefits of 5G: faster speeds and rapid response times. But just how much faster your 5G experience is compared to 4G will vary.
On 5G you’ll have speeds that, on average, are 10-15 percent faster than 4G.
With 5G+ you’ll experience ultrafast data – about 10 times or more faster than 4G — with an average speed of more than 1 Gbps. You’ll enjoy smoother streaming, faster video uploads, and more responsive gaming.
You’ll generally find 5G+ in more urban areas and in venues that hold large crowds such sport arenas and concert halls, and 5G will be more common in rural settings.
As you travel your 5G experience may change depending on whether you’re on 5G+ or 5G.
Can I roam on other carrier’s 5G networks?
Yes. All roaming partner coverage is shown on Cellcom.com/map.