Airtel has already rolled out its 5G service in India and iPhones are yet to receive support. Here are the latest updates.
5G is here in India (feels weird to say), and you can already access it on Airtel’s network. Airtel became the first service provider to kickstart 5G in India and those in Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Siliguri and Ahmedabad can now enjoy 5G. However, there is one small problem: 5G support. For the past two years, Apple has been flaunting 5G support on its iPhones for years, and now that 5G is here, the iPhones don’t support it yet.
Therefore, Airtel’s 5G network is accessible on most supported 5G Android phones, but not on preferred iPhone models. Airtel has now hinted that Apple is releasing an update to fix this issue with an upcoming update. In a statement to Indian Express, Airtel’s Chief Technology Officer Randeep Sekhon said: “5G on iPhone is not working yet because Apple needs to open it. They promise to open it soon. Apple is currently testing 5G in India; we have set up special networks for them to to test.”
5G on iPhones coming soon
So even if you just bought the brand new iPhone 14, Airtel’s 5G network won’t work on it until Apple enables it. Note that 5G networks are supported on iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series and iPhone SE 3rd generation. Users of these iPhone models will need to look for an update from Apple, and once installed, 5G services will be accessible.
Please note that if you are using an iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2nd generation, you will not be able to access 5G services as these models only support 4G LTE services.
In addition, both Airtel and Jio have confirmed that you do not need to change your SIM card to access 5G services. If your area has 5G coverage, all you need is a 5G smartphone to access faster speeds.
As far as prices are concerned, Airtel has not yet announced anything in that regard. It is said that Airtel 5G services will not be much more expensive than existing 4G services, and India will get the cheapest 5G services. Jio, on the other hand, has confirmed that it will host a free beta trial service for its 5G network until it covers an entire city. For now, Jio will offer 5G services to select customers through an invite-only system, while Airtel has no such requirements.