MATE rolls out 5G network in major cities, offering faster speeds and improved connectivity | The Canberra Times
Award-winning Australian internet provider MATE now offers a 5G connection on select mobile plans in major cities across the country, including Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Delivering faster mobile data speeds and improved connectivity for customers, this move positions MATE as a cost-effective mobile carrier that offers customers the latest technology.
MATE’s first 5G plan offers access to download speeds up to a speed limit of 250 Mbps on both 4G and 5G, with faster mobile data speeds, improved connectivity and lower latency compared to 3G and 4G plans.
These improvements translate into a smoother and more seamless web experience for users in Canberra and other major cities, with less lag, faster download speeds and improved loading times.
The Australian ISP currently offers several ways to access their 5G network: through their first 5G plan or through one of three 5G trial plans.
The first option – their “soul mates” plan costs just $40 per month and offers 60 GB of data and 5G connectivity when available.
Alternatively, their 5G trial options come in three different tiers, ranging from $30/month for 32GB of data to $45/month for 100GB of data.
Their 5G trial plans can access download speeds of 10 Mbps up to a speed limit of 100 Mbps on both 4G and 5G. The trial ends on February 28, after which plans return to 4G connectivity.
By leveraging parts of Telstra’s 5G mobile network, MATE can bring next-generation connectivity to more than 75 percent of the Australian population.
All told, MATE provides 3G, 4G, and 5G capabilities to more than 98.8 percent of the population.
If users go outside a 5G area, MATE will automatically connect them to the 4G network to ensure they stay online.
The 5G trial period allows customers to try out the 5G network and see how it compares to their current internet service, without being tied into a long-term contract.
This flexibility is especially beneficial for customers who are unsure about the benefits of 5G or those who want to make sure 5G services are right for them before upgrading.
After the 5G trial period has ended for MATE’s “great mates 32GB”, “best mates 42GB” and “elite mates 100GB” plans, customers can choose to switch to the “soul mates 60GB” plan with no plan change fee, so that they can continue to enjoy 5G connectivity for just $40 per month.
To experience 5G for themselves, MATE customers will need a 5G-enabled device, such as the iPhone 12 (and newer), the Google Pixel 4a 5G (and newer), or most major Samsung Galaxy devices.
While most recent smartphones offer 5G connectivity, it is important for users to ensure that their devices are 5G capable.
In addition to 5G connectivity, all MATE mobile plans offer a fixed amount of data (depending on their specific plan) and up to 500 GB of data banking, so customers can get the most out of their phone’s internet data.
These mobile plans also include unlimited calls and texts to all standard Australian numbers and award-winning customer support from their Australia-based customer service centre.
All plans, with the exception of the “good mates 10GB”, also include unlimited international calls and texts to 15 selected countries.
In addition, customers can save $10 per month on their home internet plan by bundling any MATE mobile plan with one of their unlimited data nbn plans.
MATE’s 5G coverage is currently available in selected cities and regions across the country, including Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.
Customers can check the availability of 5G in their region by visiting MATE’s website and entering their address on the mobile network coverage page.
If 5G services are available in your area, you can sign up for a 5G plan and enjoy the benefits of faster and more reliable mobile data.