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

5G Moto Mod for Moto Z3 Goes Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow

Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

Because, of course, there is!

First, the 5G network's only launching in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. Live in a different city?

Nevertheless, 5G will be faster than what's available today and for that, you'll have to pay.

Credit: Tom's GuideThe U.S. carrier plans to turn on its 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

There is some fine print to be aware of.
If you are already a Verizon customer, just buy a Moto Z3 and then place your pre-order for the 5G Moto Mod.

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.

Verizon will sell Motorola's 5G Moto Mod for $349.99 in retail when bought together with a Moto z3, or to existing customers with an active Moto z3 on their account.

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.

In preparation of the rollout, Verizon will be opening pre-orders for its 5G Moto Mod on March 14. After the pre-order period, it'll return back to its regular $350 sticker price, which is a bit pricey if you ask us.

The rush to the market underscores the eagerness of the carriers to sign up early adopters of the next-generation wireless technology. Besides, customers can also activate a new line of service on a Verizon device payment plan to get the phone and the mod. Samsung will eventually launch Galaxy S10 5G as a timed Verizon exclusive, but that won't be arriving until sometime this summer.

By contrast, users of 4G LTE data with Verizon's $75 unlimited plan can be throttled "in times of congestion", regardless of how much data they use. Though 5G will be a hot topic this year, there's a lot we don't know yet.

In brief: Verizon introduced its first 5G offering - a home broadband service - in Houston, Sacramento, Indianapolis and Los Angeles late a year ago using an early version of the 5G standard created by the 5G Technology Forum.

A handful of Verizon customers could soon have faster wireless service - but they'll have to pay $10 a month more.

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