Verizon Announces First 5G Cities, And This Is How Much You'll Pay

Verizon Announces First 5G Cities, And This Is How Much You'll Pay

To use the 5G service at launch, you'll have to pay $50 for "the Verizon-exclusive 5G Moto Mod", which can be attached to a Motorola Moto Z3, a phone that Verizon sells for $480.

The largest USA wireless carrier by subscribers will offer the "Moto mod" for $50 initially and its customers would not have to pay for 5G for the first three months. Verizon has not said exactly how fast the 5G mobile service will be at launch.

It's worth keeping in mind that you'll need to be on one of Verizon's Unlimited plans to even pre-order the 5G Moto Mod when those open up tomorrow, as explained in an FAQ about the add-on. This extra monthly cost applies to "any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans".

First, the 5G network's only launching in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11.

As we've said many times: Carriers and device makers will be slinging 5G around hard this year. For existing customers with the $30 phone plan, it will start at $50 per month. The plans are "unlimited" in the sense that customers don't have to pay overage fees for going over the limits.

The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto Z3
The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G, which is a larger, beefier version of the Galaxy S10+ and comes with a fourth rear camera, looks like it could be the first 5G phone for Verizon that won't be a brick in your trousers the way the Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod is. 5G usage won't count toward the 22GB and 75GB de-prioritization thresholds, Verizon also told us. It's the first time a major communications company unveiled pricing for what experts say will be a faster service plan. The promise of "no data de-prioritization" also applies only to the Moto Mod and early launch cities.

Motorola will have the first 5G smartphone - depending on who you ask. Besides, we still don't want to think about how much the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 variant might cost. If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11.

"Minneapolis will see a similar concentration, focused on the Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park areas of the city, with a focus on landmarks like the Minneapolis Convention Center as well as the Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium sports venues, along with the Verizon store in the Mall of America."
There's a caveat, of course, as the carrier said only parts of the cities will experience Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service before the coverage is expanded more widely. But it's based on Verizon's own version of 5G rather than the 5G NR (New Radio) global standard.

"If adding 5G service is a significant step-up from 4G, then $10 is a reasonable customer expectation", King said.

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".

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