We Know Verizon’s First 5G Cities and First Plan Pricing

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Verizon today announced that its 5G network will go live on April 11 in "select areas of" Chicago and Minneapolis and eventually hit "more than 30" USA cities in 2019.

Unfortunately, Verizon customers are going to be paying more for 5G.

At the end of the day, the Moto Z3, with the thick 5G Moto Mod, is phone and it gets you a 5G signal before anyone else - depending (another "depending") on where you live. The good news for customers looking to be among the first Verizon customers to take advantage of the faster speeds is that 5G access will only cost you $10 extra each month. 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 means a single-line plan with 5G will cost $85 to $105 a month, plus taxes and fees.

First, the 5G network's only launching in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. If the merger is blocked, Verizon will have less competition dominating the 5G market in the U.S. AT&T is also upgrading its networks to 5G. Last but not least, if you're wondering how the 5G Moto Mod will handle areas lacking 5G Ultra Wideband support, Verizon promises the switch to 4G LTE will be "seamless". Though 5G will be a hot topic this year, there's a lot we don't know yet. It's the first time a major communications company unveiled pricing for what experts say will be a faster service plan.

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To be perfectly clear, you'll need both the Moto Z3 phone and magnetically-attaching accessory to break the 4G barrier, as the former comes with an aging Snapdragon 835 processor rather than the hot new 855 silicon. But Samsung has yet to announce a release date for it. You might want to wait a while before buying a 5G phone, though.

Verizon said 5G service in Chicago will be available in the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, River North, and Old Town.

"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."

Analysts said Verizon's (vz) initial 5G service would only tempt a small number of consumers to sign up, given its spotty coverage and price premium. But it's based on Verizon's own version of 5G rather than the 5G NR (New Radio) global standard. "Not all 5G networks are the same", Malady said in a statement.

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