If you have slow internet at home, or live in an area not
covered by our own super-fast broadband, GigaCube could be the answer. It’s a
wireless router that transforms our 5G and 4G networks into Wi-Fi – connecting
your devices in seconds.
With Superfast speeds and flexible contracts at a fixed monthly price, it’s time to effortlessly upgrade your home internet connection.
The Vodafone 5G GigaCube wireless router is a portable, flexible alternative to broadband for customers or business without fixed line connectitvity that can be used anywhere there is 5G coverage. Offering speeds of up to 1 GBps, the plug and play device connects to Vodafone’s 5G network and provides Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 64 devices within a range of 90 metres. The GigaCube is avaiable on a fixed-term or rolling contract, with the option of unlimited data.
The popular phone network describes it as a “flexible alternative to broadband”, and says it’s aimed at people with slow home internet. It’s also targeted at anyone who lives in an area not currently served with super-fast broadband. 5G router won’t give you 5G internet everywhere in the country. Vodafone currently only serves seven cities across the UK – and only select areas in those cities. You’ll need to live in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow to benefit from Vodafone’s 5G.
- What is 5G?
- The term 5G stands fot 5th generation, and is simply the next “version” of mobile phone networks.
- The world’s network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
- Early figures suggest you’ll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
- But 5G also promises low “latency”- the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
- EE is first across the line in the UK, with 5G live in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham or Manchester.
- The good news is that EE plans to roll out 5G in a further 10 cities by the end of 2019: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
- Vodafone has also switched on 5G in seven cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.
- How about speeds and costs?
Vodafone is promising seriously fast download speeds of up to 1Gbps – a gigabit per second. A single gigabit is equal to 125MB (megabytes), so a top-speed connection will download 125MB of data every second. According to the BBC, a 60-minute programme downloaded in “Standard Quality” from BBC iPlayer uses up 320MB of data. So at top 5G speeds, you’d download an hour-long show in less than three seconds. For contrast, Ofcom says the average broadband download speed in the UK is 46.2Mbps – or 5.78MB every second. That means it would take around one minute to download the same show with your broadband connection.
Intended for consumers and businesses alike, the router is hardly a cheap way to get the 5G experience: it will cost £50 per month for unlimited data, along with a £325 upfront cost. Vodafone’s 5G network launched on July 3 in the UK, becoming the second network to offer the service after EE. The next generation of mobile internet promises much higher speeds for streaming and downloading content.
- Why 5G GigaCube?
- Helping to combat buffering
GigaCube’s 5G speed can help to reduce buffering, so you can enjoy what you love, uninterrupted.
2. Plug and play
Get instant internet access without the fuss of setting up a new Wi-Fi connection. Connect up to 64 devices quickly and easily.
3. Control your plan
Choose an 18 month or 30 day rolling contract with a set data allowance, and avoid extra charges thanks to a capped monthly data usage.
4. Download in seconds
Ever neederd a file straight away, but had to wait for it to download? 5G downloads can take just seconds, so you’ll get it in no time.
The Huawei 5G CPE Pro weighs only about 700g (without the power adapter) which means it’s pretty easy to transport. Its portability is going to be a key benefit for businesses allowing them to take 5G with them. This little router means mobile isn’t the only way to access your 5G on the go. If you’re in a 5G area, it gives businesses a lot more freedom.
With the GigaCube there is a lot more flexibility when it comes to your tariff. Choose your data – 100/200/300GB and how much you want to pay upfront and you get a choice of monthly tariffs to suit you. You can also avoid extra charges thanks to capped monthly data usage.
The 5G GigaCube is really easy to set up and use. It’s ‘plug and play’ which means there’s no cuffuffle getting yourself connected. You can connect up to 64 devices really easily and get connected almost immediately. Of course, the 5G GigaCube won’t be able to be used anywhere – you have to be in the cities where 5G is available. You’ll need to live in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow, for the time being anyway.
- Are There Any Vodafone 5G GigaCube Problems?
On the surface, none that immediately spring to mind, Vodafone is offering 5G across a variety of plans, including unlimited, so this is all good. The Vodafone 5G GigaCube device itself is small and compact and would easily fit anywhere in your home. It has a good range (90 meters), and you can connect up to 64 devices to it. The ONLY issue right now is to do with the availability of 5G connectivity in the UK, it’s early doors, basically, so coverage for 5G does not cover the entire country. As of July 2019, 5G is available in most major cities but has yet to make its way out to the greener areas of the country.