Verizon's 5G network is coming to Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11

Verizon's 5G network is coming to Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11

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. To use the 5G service at launch, you'll have to pay $50 for "the Verizon-exclusive 5G Moto Mod", which can be attached to a Motorola Moto Z3, a phone that Verizon sells for $480. This extra monthly cost applies to "any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans". Even Verizon is using that careful language (it's also the exclusive U.S. carrier for Samsung's 5G phone for a limited time).

At the end of the day, the Moto Z3, with the thick 5G Moto Mod, is phone and it gets you a 5G signal before anyone else - depending (another "depending") on where you live.

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. Samsung's site still says: "Introducing the revolutionary Galaxy S10 5G-the first 5G phone". For Minneapolis, you are looking at 5G in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park.

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"5G Mobility service in Chicago and Minneapolis, and all Verizon 5G services going forward, use the NR standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)", Verizon's press release said. You'll get a free Moto Z3 if you activate a new line of service on a Verizon device payment plan. When asked if de-prioritization will be applied to future 5G devices and cities, Verizon told Ars, "we haven't determined that yet".

Analysts said Verizon's (vz) initial 5G service would only tempt a small number of consumers to sign up, given its spotty coverage and price premium. Buy it later, and you'll have to pay $349.99. Starting Thursday, March 14, the company is taking orders for a $50 snap-on module for the Motorola Z3 phone, making it the only phone that will be enabled for the advanced service by the April 11 launch date.

The Motorola 5G Moto Mod packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC that is used to boot the company's X50 modem, the key enabler of the developer's 5G platform.