Verizon 5G goes live a week ahead of schedule2019-04-03 17:17 by Daniela
Tags: Verizon, 5G
Verizon has turned on its 5G mobile network a week ahead of schedule. The service is live in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, just in time for the March Madness Final Four in the latter city this weekend. Once you move out of an area where the 5G network is active, the 4G LTE network will take over.
"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands," said Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. "This is the latest in our string of 5G firsts. Verizon launched the first commercial broadband 5G service last October, Verizon 5G Home, and now we're lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world's first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone."
Verizon said its next-generation wireless service costs $10 more per month on top of its existing unlimited plans, but that customers using its 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago or Minneapolis could see speeds of up to 1Gbps. In reality, you should expect typical download speeds of 450Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 1Gbps, and latency less than 30 seconds.
The new 5G network is the first to work with a mobile phone, last year's Motorola's Moto Z3, assuming you have the required Moto mod accessory that attaches to the back of the phone and has the required chips to connect to 5G.
The phone currently retails for $480 on Verizon's website. The 5G mod is sold separately for $199.99, a discount from what Verizon says is a retail price of $349.99.
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