Verizon's 5G network is coming to Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11

5G is coming

Verizon on Wednesday announced plans to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband Network in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11.

In a glimpse of how the industry may structure pricing for its newest service, Verizon's existing customers with unlimited data plans can add 5G service for $10 more a month, according to a statement. Verizon is tacking $10 per month onto its Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans for the opportunity to utilize its new 5G network.

And on March 14, customers can order the 5G moto mod, a clip-on modem that will make the Motorola moto z3 compatible with the new network. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point.

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And network access will initially work with just one phone, Motorola's Moto Z3, with a special 5G attachment.

As the battle for "first to 5G" heats up among the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States, it appears Verizon is taking the lead. As long as you have one of Verizon's unlimited plans (Go, Beyond, or Above Unlimited), you can pay $10/mo and get access to 5G. That will change soon with the Moto Z3 and its 5G Moto Mod. Verizon is waiving the $10 fee for the first 3 months too. For Minneapolis, you are looking at 5G in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. To qualify for this sweet introductory deal, you'll have to own or buy a Moto Z3 alongside its 5G-enabling add-on.

"We can tell you that 5G Moto Mod users will experience ultra-fast speeds, be able to download and stream movies in seconds, and, due to 5G's low latency, they'll be able to video conference and collaborate remotely in near real-time", Verizon told Ars, when asked for specific speed and latency numbers.

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Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on the opportunities for growth, what 5G will mean for consumers, the telecom's cost cutting and the outlook for the USA economy. Sorry. Verizon's 5G Mobility and 5G Home network are two different technologies that don't play nicely together. Besides, we still don't want to think about how much the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 variant might cost.

In Chicago and Minneapolis, the rollout will start on a small scale.

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