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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:35 pm    Post subject: 5G Reply with quote

My iPhone is 5G ready, but looking at my provider (Vodafone) shows that they want extra payment for a 5G contract. But their coverage is showing very little, so I didnít buy a 5G contract.

I didnít expect to ever see 5G. But within a week I found my phone indicating 5G, so I did a Speedtest and it showed something like 395Bps. Later that day it warned that my 20Gb data was low, then within minutes was empty. After growling at everybody under the sun I concluded that I had not updated my phone with Google photos before leaving the safety of my home broadband so it updated in that car park and I had to wait three weeks for the month to renew.

Anyway, today in Cardiff, I noticed the 5G symbol again and Speedtest retuned three readings between 590 and 615. I had a look at a website to see if it worked and it did. But I think it cost me a Gb of data.

Question is, will 5G work without a contract (because it seemed to me it did) and if so, does it gobble more data than 4G?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely that updating would have happened under 4G, just more slowly.

My Android has a switch to not update anything unless on WiFi, has Apple got that switch ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes thereís the same switch on iPhone, I just didnít realise my Google photos were going to do this on a new phone. I know about that now.

So Iím asking about 5G without a contract - does it cost me more data usage than with a contract?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know with Tescomobile, from my 4G experience, you have to request it.

I guess in your case they've identified you can use it, you will use up your Gb very quickly and hope you will purchase more data.

Reading some of the complaints that a high number of these firms keep charging you monthly for a phone you've fully paid for doesn't surprise me.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I heard thereís a new rule (or one is coming) to prevent them continuing to charge. But anyway, I long ago recognised that game and changed to buying my phone myself and having a SIM only contract.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here, I bought my Samsung 10 from JL.

Tesco tried to persuade me that a monthly contract with phone was cheaper as they 'subsidise the phone price' but when I did the maths the monthly contract over 2 years was £200 more than phone & sim deal.

Tesco have a useful feature that allows you to set a limit on any overspend. Mine is set to zero but I never go anywhere near my 4Gb limit, rarely get over 1Gb.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I want to know is - if I use 5G to run CamerAlert (show map only when near camera), will it use any more data than 4G?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point, my guess is probably not, just quicker but no more.

But only a guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thatís my guess too. But something just bothers me. Maybe thereís something out there which wonít download on 4G but will on 5G. Like 64 bit and 32 bit.
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