Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Verizon's 5G network to launch April 11 in two U.S. cities

Verizon's 5G network to launch April 11 in two U.S. cities

As it turns out, we're less than a month away from the commercial launch of Verizon's mobile 5G Ultra Wideband network in (parts of) Chicago and Minneapolis. The first 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities are Chicago and Minneapolis, Verizon said in a press release.

In brief: Verizon introduced its first 5G offering - a home broadband service - in Houston, Sacramento, Indianapolis and Los Angeles late a year ago using an early version of the 5G standard created by the 5G Technology Forum. Verizon says it'll flip the switch next month on a much-hyped, next-generation "5G" phone network. The insane affordable Moto Z3 can be paired with a special Moto Mod that will go on pre-order tomorrow, March 14. The 5G Moto Mod only works with the Moto z3, and will available exclusively to Verizon customers in the U.S. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point.

Normally priced at $349.99 (yikes), the Verizon-exclusive 5G Moto Mod will be available for "a limited time" at only $50. Besides the 5G smartphone+mod combination from Motorola, Verizon will also offer Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G and LG's V50 ThinQ handsets later this summer. 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. As announced a year ago, the Moto Mod is essentially a detachable 5G antenna for the Moto Z3. T-Mobile (tmus) hasn't named its starting cities, but says it won't raise the prices of its current unlimited plans for 5G users.

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If the device sounds familiar, that's because Motorola spoke about the device in recent weeks, showing the 5G Moto Mod in Barcelona at MWC 2019. The first three months of access will be free.

What happens if you aren't in a 5G area? "While we have been clear that 5G service will be a significant [upgrade] over 4G LTE when it comes to speed and latency, we'll provide expected network performance information closer to launch". Should you care enough about Verizon 5G, live in Minneapolis or Chicago, or already own a Moto Z3, that's not a bad pre-order deal.

5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.

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