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

Mark your calendars for April 11, because that's when Verizon switches on its "real" 5G network in two US cities.

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

Verizon sidestepped one of the main challenges to 5G introduction - the absence of 5G phones - by offering an adaptation. 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.

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.

And network access will initially work with just one phone, Motorola's Moto Z3, with a special 5G attachment.

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.

Verizon said 5G service in Chicago will be available in the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, River North, and Old Town. When asked if de-prioritization will be applied to future 5G devices and cities, Verizon told Ars, "we haven't determined that yet". Samsung will eventually launch Galaxy S10 5G as a timed Verizon exclusive, but that won't be arriving until sometime this summer. 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. The first three months of access will be free. 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.

Verizon said its customers will need a Motorola Z3 mobile and a device called 5G moto mod to connect to the 5G network. To qualify for this sweet introductory deal, you'll have to own or buy a Moto Z3 alongside its 5G-enabling add-on.

  • Eleanor Harrison