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Verizon Launching 5G on April 11 in Chicago, Minneapolis

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Mar 13, 2019, 10:47 AM   by Rich Brome

Verizon's first standards-compliant mobile 5G network will launch in select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th. 5G service will cost an extra $10/month. The country's first 5G smartphone solution will be the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto z3, which customers can pre-order starting tomorrow, March 14th. For a limited time, the 5G Moto Mod is available for just $50, after which it will sell for $350. The $10/month 5G data plan offers truly unlimited 5G data and requires an existing "Unlimited" service plan. The first three months of 5G service are free. The 5G Moto Mod is only compatible with the Moto z3, and Verizon will only sell it to customers they can confirm have a Moto z3. Verizon has also announced plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ phones, both of which have 5G fully integrated. Verizon's initial 5G NR network relies on the 28 GHz frequency band, which is considered mmWave. Such high frequencies have limited range and do not penetrate well indoors. The initial Chicago coverage will include West Loop, South Loop, Gold Coast, River North, Old Town, Union Station, Willis Tower, Art Institute, Millennium Park, Chicago Theatre, and near the Verizon Store on the Magnificent Mile. The Minneapolis coverage will include Downtown West, Downtown East, areas of Elliot Park, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis Central Library, Mill City Museum, Target Center, The Commons, and U.S. Bank Stadium. 5G offers lower latency (delay) and faster data speeds overall. Verizon's 5G phones are only compatible with the new 5G NR network launching in April, and not the company's existing 5G Home network, which uses an incompatible, non-standard technology.


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Mar 14, 2019, 12:53 PM


Now everyone going to have to change out their phones again. More $$$ to the carriers and less in our own wallets.
I don't see how 5G is necessary unless you live in a dense urban centre. I live near a city of about 100,000, and when I run an Ookla speed test on my Moto Z2 Play, I get on average 70 Mbps. The only advantage that a human might notice is reduced pi...
The truly unlimited part is noteworthy. At the very least it implies a trend toward far less restrictive data caps. Which, after all, is logical...if it only takes you a half second on the network to pull in what would have taken a minute before, they...
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