Thursday, 21 March, 2019


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

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Melba Vasquez | 14 March, 2019, 06:22

Verizon will charge customers an extra $10 per month to add fifth-generation wireless service to their phones, the company said on Wednesday, setting the benchmark for other providers who have yet to disclose how much the faster service will cost consumers. 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.

Motorola and Verizon have begun taking pre-orders for the 5G Moto Mod, the addon-accessory for the Moto z3 smartphone introduced a year ago.

Second, bumping up to 5G speeds will cost you an extra $10 per month, though Verizon will give you the first three months for free. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point. Existing Verizon customers with a Moto Z3 attached to their account can get the 5G Moto Mod for just $50. If you have an older Verizon plan and refuse to switch, you won't have access to 5G.

"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."

The service starts on April 11 in the two midwestern cities and will be "rapidly expanding" to the other 28 cities this year, according to Kyle Malady, Verizon's chief technology officer.

The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person without 5G.

You should also know that Moto Mods are obviously only compatible with Motorola devices like the Moto Z3.

If the device sounds familiar, that's because Motorola spoke about the device in recent weeks, showing the 5G Moto Mod in Barcelona at MWC 2019.

AT&T Corp and Sprint Corp are also building their 5G networks and plan to release 5G smartphones with Samsung Electronics later this year.

What happens if you aren't in a 5G area? If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11. "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". For now, 5G Mobility is only in Chicago and Minneapolis.

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