5G is now live!
It’s going to be a game changer and set to revolutionise the way Kiwis live, work and play. With greater speeds, low latency and increased capacity – the possibilities are endless.
Vodafone’s 5G network is now live in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, with more locations to come. Vodafone's goal by 2025 is to have 5G live in 90% of where New Zealanders live, work and play.
5G. Some are calling it an exponential leap forward in speed, reliability and connectivity – the biggest innovation in communication for over a decade. But what does this actually mean for you?
It means things are going to change. Life is about to become smarter, safer, more efficient, more reliable than ever; in ways most of us can’t even imagine.
Vodafone Group has already launched 5G networks in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and in Italy. Since then, people have already begun to experience world-changing innovations in healthcare, manufacturing, automobiles, transport, agriculture, gaming, media and entertainment.
So if you want to be the first to try life to the power of 5G, come with us, Vodafone and Noel Leeming. Together, let’s see what 5G can do.
Watch our latest 5G video here, and see what 5G can do for friends Sean and Huxley.
See Vodafone's 5G coverage here.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need a 5G phone, a 5G Ready plan (all 4G capable plans), in a 5G coverage area. 5G is live in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown and Vodafone will continue to roll out 5G to more New Zealanders, so keep an eye out on the coverage map.
From the 10th of December 2019 until the 1st of July 2021, all existing Vodafone customers on a 5G Ready plan (4G capable mobile plan) and any new customers who join Vodafone during that period, will get access to 5G at no extra cost. To access 5G from 1 July 2020, you will need to purchase a 5G add-on for $10 per connection per month (or when your Prepay bundle renews).
A 5G Ready plan is a plan that will enable you to access 5G when the network is live. All 4G capable plans (including all Vodafone current in market Personal and Business plans) are 5G Ready. If you signed up to your plan in the last 2 years, then your plan is 5G Ready. You can also check if your plan is 4G capable by looking in the notification bar (usually on the top section of your screen, see examples below), If you can see “4G”, it means your plan is 4G capable and therefore 5G Ready
With much faster speeds, you will be able to use a lot more data on 5G. At launch, average speeds will range between 150-200Mbps. It is likely you will use more data on a 5G connection. If you are on a capped plan, we recommend you upgrade to an Unlimited plan, so that you don’t run out of data.
Vodafone will be selling two 5G phones to coincide with the launch of 5G. These devices will be the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G. More 5G phones will be released in 2020 onwards, however we do not have specific release dates from manufactures such as Apple, Huawei etc. You can purchase a Vodafone approved 5G phone from Noel Leeming.
Current 4G phones are not 5G capable. You will need to purchase a new 5G phone. We will be selling two 5G phones to coincide with the launch of the 5G network. These phones will be the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G.
Over the next few years Vodafone will be rolling out 5G to many of the places that Kiwis live, work and play. If you are already thinking about buying a new phone, then buying a 5G phone will be a way to future proof your phone. Vodafone cannot promise dates of when 5G will be rolled out to specific areas, but will continually provide updates on the 5G roll out.
Vodafone cannot guarantee that overseas/parallel imported phone will work on the Vodafone 5G network. We recommend that you purchase your phone locally from Noel Leeming. Vodafone-approved handsets are fully tested and compatible with the full suite of Vodafone NZ services.
No, at this stage we are awaiting more information from both Apple and Huawei on when they will release 5G versions of their phones in New Zealand.
Vodafone began rolling out 5G in major urban centres from December 2019.
5G is now live in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. You can use Vodafone's coverage map to check if 5G is available where you live, work or play.
5G is now live in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Over the next few years Vodafone's going to be launching 5G in many of the places that Kiwis live, work and play, so keep an eye out on the coverage map, as Vodafone will be updating it as more place go live with 5G.
Vodafone's goal is to bring 5G coverage to 90% of New Zealanders within 3 to 5 years.
The network has started in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, and they're continuing to build the network where most New Zealanders live, work and play, then work into less populated areas. Vodafone cannot promise dates of when 5G will be rolled out to specific areas, but will continually provide updates on the 5G roll out.
At launch, speeds will range between 150-200Mbps on average, and reduce latency to a round trip in under 20 milliseconds. As Vodafone get more spectrum and build out the 5G network, speeds will increase and will eventually have the potential to be up to 10x faster than 4G.
5G is currently not available when roaming. However Vodafone will be looking to make 5G roaming available as soon as they can in the more than 100 destinations they currently offer roaming to Vodafone customers. When roaming, you will able to use 4G just as you do now.
eSIM capability is currently not supported on the Vodafone network, including the 5G network.
Yes, 5G is safe. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation offer factual information on their websites. Over 30 years of research has been done on the effects of radio waves from mobile phones and there are no known negative health impacts. Check out the Getting the facts straight on 5G fact sheet for more information.