Verizon will switch on mobile 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis April 11th

Verizon will switch on mobile 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis April 11th

Should you care enough about Verizon 5G, live in Minneapolis or Chicago, or already own a Moto Z3, that's not a bad pre-order deal.

It's worth keeping in mind that you'll need to be on one of Verizon's Unlimited plans to even pre-order the 5G Moto Mod when those open up tomorrow, as explained in an FAQ about the add-on.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on the opportunities for growth, what 5G will mean for consumers, the telecom's cost cutting and the outlook for the USA economy.

As we've said many times: Carriers and device makers will be slinging 5G around hard this year. 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.

And network access will initially work with just one phone, Motorola's Moto Z3, with a special 5G attachment. For existing customers with the $30 phone plan, it will start at $50 per month.

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Whether Verizon can hold onto higher prices for its 5G mobile network will depend on decisions made in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers are deliberating the wisdom of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger.

Verizon said 5G service in Chicago will be available in the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, River North, and Old Town. Later in the year, Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G too, but we don't have timing for release on that. In Minneapolis, the initial coverage areas are Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park and close to the Verizon store in the Mall of America. If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11.

Live in a Verizon 5G Home area and want to get busy with the 5G Moto Mod? The first three months of access will be free.

Come April 11, customers in the first two 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities will be able to experience all the benefits of this "true" next-gen network, including "ultra-fast wireless speeds" enabling movie downloads and streaming "in seconds", as well as "ultra-low latency" allowing "business customers to video conference and collaborate remotely in near real time".

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