China has launched its commercial 5G services, with its three major carriers all offering monthly fees to people wanting to try out the new high-speed network, and the prices are close to what has previously been charged for 4G connections.
China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom’s plans start for as little as $18 for 30GB of data, up to about $85 for 300GB.
These prices are extremely competitive when compared to 5G plans internationally, which is largely to be expected.
In the U.S., Sprint’s 5G plans start at $80 with unlimited data, while in the U.K., EE’s SIM-only 5G plan is around $42.
According to the Chinese government, 50 cities nationwide have 5G connectivity, including Beijing and Shanghai.
At least nine million people had signed up for 5G ahead of the launch, and it’s estimated 110 million people will be using 5G in China by the end of 2020.