Vi, Motorola announce 5G partnership: complete list of supported phones

  • Vi and Motorola have collaborated to enable 5G across its 5G-supported smartphone lineup in India.
  • The newest smartphone models from Motorola were successfully tested using the Vi 5G spectrum.
  • Vi has not announced its 5G network rollout plans in India yet

Vodafone Idea (Vi) has announced its partnership with smartphone maker Motorola with the goal of ensuring seamless 5G connectivity across its portfolio of 5th-generation smartphones. With the partnership, Motorola has successfully tested its most recent and well-liked smartphone models on the 3350 to 3400 MHz spectrum bands on the Vi 5G network in New Delhi. However, Vodafone Idea is yet to announce its 5G rollout in India.

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In essence, the partnership ensures that Motorola phones will be prepared for 5G when Vi decides to introduce its fast internet services in India. Let us look at the list of Motorola smartphones receiving Vi 5G support.

List of Motorola 5G-ready phones

  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
  • Moto G62 5G
  • Motorola Edge 30
  • Moto G82 5G
  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
  • Moto G71 5G
  • Moto G51 5G
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
  • Motorola Edge 20 Fusion

Akshaya Moondra, Chief Financial Officer at Vodafone-Idea Limited, recently said Vi 5G would “transform customer experience and enhance business performance,” but did not give any specific timeline about the rollout. Even now, Vi has not yet disclosed any details about the public rollout of its 5G services. Meanwhile, its competitors, such as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, are aggressively rolling out 5G services across the country.

The news comes just a few days after the Centre gave Vodafone Idea a boost by approving the conversion of Rs 16,000 crore worth of accumulated interest dues into equity. After that, the central government acquired a 33 per cent stake, becoming the largest shareholder in the telecom joint venture between Kumar Mangalam Birla’s Aditya Birla Group and the UK’s Vodafone.

5G in India

On October 1, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched 5G services after the country’s 5G spectrum auctions were finished in August 2022. Only two of the three largest telecom companies in India are currently offering 5G services. Non-standalone access (NSA) technology was first used commercially by Airtel. The only Indian operator currently using the 700 MHz bands is Jio, and it has chosen to roll out 5G standalone access (SA) (5G low-band spectrum).