Verizon Just Launched Mobile 5G: Everything You Need to Know

Verizon just turned on its 5G network in the US a week ahead of schedule

Verizon tried to take an early lead in the 5G era with its non-standard 5G home internet service previous year, but today is the big day for Verizon's real 5G network. As the test proves, Verizon's 5G network is the real deal for now and that 5GE, since it's really just a 4G LTE Advanced connection, can't hang.

Verizon launched its 5G wireless network Wednesday in two US cities - Chicago and Minneapolis - becoming the first carrier in the world to put the new system online.

In Chicago, Verizon said its 5G coverage is concentrated around the West Loop and the South Loop, typically around tourist attractions like the Willis Tower, Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park.

Not all parts of Chicago and Minneapolis are now covered. Verizon 5G should be found around the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center and First Avenue venues, The Commons, areas of Elliot Park, and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America, the carrier promises.

The early limitations on Verizon's 5G network reflect the nascent nature of the technology.

Despite the fact that Verizon's 5G rollout leaves a lot to be desired, it is still touting the world's first commercially available 5G smartphone: the Motorola Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod accessory. The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis also has an indoor 5G network.

With plenty of holdings in the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum, expect to see Verizon doing plenty of small 5G UWB rollouts throughout the rest of the year.

We literally cobbled together the world's first 5G phone when we slapped the newly-launched 5G Moto Mod onto the back of an existing 4G phone. Samsung, meanwhile, has yet to announce when a 5G version of its latest Galaxy smartphone is going to be available in the United States.

Pre-orders for the $200 add-on finally began three weeks ago with the aim of getting customers ready for the planned debut of 5G on April 11. After that, postpaid customers on any Verizon unlimited plan - including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited - will pay $10 extra per month for unlimited 5G data.

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