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Dedicated Wales Mobile Operator RWG Mobile Launch 5G

Tuesday, Jun 6th, 2023 (11:47 am) - Score 1,792

RWG Mobile, which describes itself as being the nation’s only “dedicated, all-Wales mobile network provider”, has today announced that they’ve finally made 5G based mobile broadband connectivity available to all of their consumer and business customers, “at no extra cost“. Most other operators did this a while ago.

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which harnesses EE’s (BT) UK network to deliver is service, claims that 5G can deliver “reliable speeds (on average 200 Mbit/s), low network delays, and near instant service availability“. But this should ideally be given a caveat, particularly in a country with as many rural communities as Wales, to say that performance and availability will vary between locations – often significantly.

However, the operator’s plans do start at a very affordable level, with tariffs beginning at just £2 per month for 100 mins, 100 texts and 750MB of data. But they don’t appear to have an unlimited data plan and instead go up to £20 per month for unlimited calls/texts and 200GB of data with inclusive EU roaming.

Andrew Davies, Founder and CEO at RWG Mobile, said:

“From improved economic prosperity to greater wellbeing through healthcare innovations, RWG is set to help Wales grasp the range of benefits created by 5G services. What’s more, with the backbone of the EE network, RWG can reach over 99% of the UK Population.”

You can also pay a low one-off fee to buy a cheap plan that lasts for up to 12 or 24-months, which some people will find attractive.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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12 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Michael V says:

    When they launched they were using Three’s networks. They quietly made the switch to EE a few years later. I used to be a customer but they made changes that weren’t user friendly.

    They had a great app in addition to sim cards to manage virtual numbers.
    But they no longer have that & are also now part of MVNO, NOW Mobile. As the SIM cards come from them.
    To change plan we need to email, tweet or call rather than manage our accounts in the application.
    While I would love to see a dedicated Welsh MVNO, I don’t think they have made the efforts to get themselves recognised across the country.

  2. Avatar photo Mike says:

    Just needs VoLTE and VoWiFi now.

    1. Avatar photo Sep Evans says:

      Absolutely, I popped a one year SIM into my daughters phone and would switch the rest of family if VoWiFi was enabled.

    2. Avatar photo dragon says:

      The options for WiFi calling and VOLTE show up on my pixel4 (GraphineOS) I have my RWG/Nowmobile sim in, but I haven’t checked to see if it’s actually using them.

  3. Avatar photo dragon says:

    Their data sims are interesting (But I don’t think 5G) as they’re the only provider I know of willing to offer pooled data to consumers without charging a stupid amount for extra sims (you can just add the 100MB sims)

  4. Avatar photo Sunil Sood says:

    “100 mines”

    Sounds like a bargain!

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Thankfully not mimes.

  5. Avatar photo alan jones says:

    Been with RWG for 3 years,great for low users. When i joined you could get the £2 plan free for life with a £15 top up.
    I add a bundle for roaming in spain,and was surprised to see i can use all my data, no caps,or £2 a day charge. Im one happy customer

  6. Avatar photo Ivor says:

    I guess I’m left wondering where the Welsh aspect comes into it, when the heavy technical lifting is done by a company based in England and won’t be putting any particular investment in Welsh coverage ahead of anywhere else. How are they truly differentiating themselves from the likes of 1pmobile?

    Though I suppose EE (ex Orange) in Bristol is close enough to Wales…

    1. Avatar photo Andrew G says:

      Two options:

      1) RWG being a reseller based in Newport qualifies to badge the offer itself as Welsh, or

      2) The value chain of the offer is even less Welsh than I am (1/4, to be precise), and the Welsh labelling is purely affinity marketing

  7. Avatar photo mr r b fraser says:

    took out a sim plan data only for £18 the next day i noticed that it would only work in the uk so contacted them they said if you take the £20 voice sim i can use the data in France they said they would refund me for the £18 i said thanks this was on the 26th may ,still waiting on refund they do not answer phone nor respond to countless emails horrible company

  8. Avatar photo Paul Hulbert says:

    I have a problem with a phone that I bought from RWG. I have been unable to get through on the phone,nor have they replied to my emails. Be wary of using this company.

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