Verizon becomes first in the world to activate 5G network

Obviously you'll also need the moto z3, too: to buy the 5G moto mod, Verizon will require you to either have the phone registered to your account, or to buy one at the same time.

The move makes Verizon the first wireless carrier in the United States to flip the switch on speedy, smartphone-ready 5G service in select urban areas, the company said in a statement, though other USA carriers including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to do the same in the coming months. It costs $200, while the phone is $240 (down from $480).

Verizon's activation of its 5G network is far from a wide launch.

For context, when we tested LTE speeds in Chicago a year ago, Verizon averaged a download speed of 85.8 Mbps, so even 400 Mbps speeds would be a huge jump.

While we'll be testing the 5G connectivity over the next week throughout the Chicago area, we'll be checking whether the millimeter wave technology Verizon uses for its 5G network will be able to penetrate obstacles and walls.

For Chicago, the 5G service is concentrated in the West and South Loop areas near landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. In Minneapolis, service will be active in Downtown West, Downtown East, and around U.S. Bank Stadium.




How Fast Is Verizon 5G?

For now, the carrier is promising average speeds of 450 Mbps, with an eye toward that speed increasing as its 5G network develops and improves. On the 5G network, the download took just shy of 4 minutes and 30 seconds. That will change in mid-May when the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G comes to Verizon.

Verizon customers will also need to pay extra for their 5G service.

T-Mobile and Sprint say they intend to roll out their 5G network in the coming months. It's priced at $10 per month for 24 months on the carrier's device payment plan, for a total of $480.

"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands", said Hans Vestberg, Verizon's chairman and chief executive officer in a statement.

Today's 5G launch is just the first of many Verizon is planning for 2019. Service is now limited to 5G hotspots, though, until AT&T starts selling 5G-capable phones.

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