The wait for 5G is over as Verizon announced Wednesday that it has activated its 5G ultra-broadband network in parts of Minneapolis and Chicago a week ahead of schedule. As we announced last month, the initial plan was to launch 5G on both markets on April 11, but the service is online for subscribers.
There is a major disadvantage to this news: Verizon is currently selling only one 5G compatible phone. To take advantage of the upgraded network, you must not only find yourself in one of the areas listed in Verizon's release, but also have a Motorola Moto Z3 and a 5G Moto Mod. No other phone sold by the operator will be able to achieve the speeds promised by Verizon, leaving only very few potential users of 5G.
Nevertheless, the timing of the launch allows Verizon to accurately state that their customers will be the first to access 5G (although the number of people using 5G at this point in time must be incredibly small). Verizon says that selected users will be able to expect "typical download speeds" of 450 Mbps, although they can reach a maximum of 1 Gbps. The carrier expects these speeds to improve steadily as the network is upgraded.
"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands," said Hans Vestberg, Verizon's President and CEO. "This is the last of our first 5G series. Verizon 5G Home was launched last October by Verizon. We are now bridging our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world's first commercial 5G mobile service with a compatible 5G smartphone. "
Verizon postpaid customers with any unlimited plan (Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited) can add 5G data for an additional $ 10 per month, but the first three months of 5G data will be free.