Verizon is Now Rolling Out 5G Wireless For Smartphones

Verizon is Now Rolling Out 5G Wireless For Smartphones

Despite the fact that Verizon's 5G rollout leaves a lot to be desired, it is still touting the world's first commercially available 5G smartphone: the Motorola Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod accessory. The Moto Z3 with a 5G Mod is the only device now capable of connecting to it and I can't imagine many own both.

Verizon Communications Inc beat rivals AT&T and Sprint in the race to launch the first fifth-generation mobile services in two cities in the United States at an additional cost of $10 for customers with existing unlimited plans.

Verizon's 5G network is live in Chicago and Minneapolis.

It's worth noting that while this is fast, it's not almost as fast as Verizon promised during a CES 2019 keynote where Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said that the new network would provide peak data rates of 1Gbps in the short-term, rising to 10Gbps as the technology matures.

Since most of us don't use our mobile network just to run speed tests, we jumped right onto the Play Store to download the hefty 1.81GB PUBG Mobile game. Instead, Verizon's 5G network is limited to select areas in those two cities for now.

In Chicago, 5G service will work in the West Loop and South Loop, as well as around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Milwaukee's 5G coverage areas are in Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park, and the Mall of America's Verizon Store.

With plenty of holdings in the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum, expect to see Verizon doing plenty of small 5G UWB rollouts throughout the rest of the year. The carrier expects those speeds to improve on a regular basis as the network is upgraded. Verizon will be the first carrier to offer Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 5G smartphone later this spring, but we're still waiting for a price and release date. We get it, Verizon, you want to call your 5G network "5G Ultra Wideband", but that logo has got to go.

AT&T now offers 5G service in 12 cities, with plans to add another 9 in 2019. The first three months of 5G are free.

Sprint plans to turn on its 5G network in May, starting with Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City, and it will sell LG's 5G-capable V50 ThinQ later this spring.

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