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Verizon's 5G mobile service launches next month in Chicago and Minneapolis

14 March 2019

Verizon on Wednesday made several announcements about its upcoming 5G network, revealing launch dates for the new wireless service as well as pricing.

The service will cost $10 per month after the first three months, which are free of charge, but it will require an unlimited plan - that means you'll need a Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited plan.

In preparation of the rollout, Verizon will be opening pre-orders for its 5G Moto Mod on March 14. The 5G Moto Mod only works with the Moto z3, and will available exclusively to Verizon customers in the U.S. T-Mobile (tmus) hasn't named its starting cities, but says it won't raise the prices of its current unlimited plans for 5G users. That will change soon with the Moto Z3 and its 5G Moto Mod.

"To buy a 5G Moto Mod, customers must either have an active Moto Z3 on their account or purchase a Moto Z3 at the same time as the 5G Moto Mod", Verizon said. Verizon is waiving the $10 fee for the first 3 months too. Besides the 5G smartphone+mod combination from Motorola, Verizon will also offer Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G and LG's V50 ThinQ handsets later this summer.

"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."
If you detach the mod, you'll naturally give up your "ultra-fast" speeds. If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11.

Early adopters who live in Chicago or Minneapolis will no doubt pounce at the opportunity to hop onto a 5G network that promises to bring significantly faster data speeds and more bandwidth for devices, but we recommend waiting for proper phones with built-in 5G modems to come out first. Verizon started a 5G home broadband and TV service in parts of four cities past year.

5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.

Verizon's 5G mobile service launches next month in Chicago and Minneapolis