It was announced today on Wednesday, March 13 that Verizon plans to launch its 5G service on April 11, 2019 in two more cities: Chicago and Minneapolis, but only in certain areas of the cities.
About a week ago, Verizon’s 5G was in operation in Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA as well as in Houston, TX and Indianapolis, IN. Eventually, Verizon’s intention is to bring 5G to 30 cities in 2019 but it did not reveal which cities they will be.
In the Chicago area, customers will have access to 5G in The Loop, Gold Coast, River North and Old Town areas. As for Minneapolis, 5G will be available in Downtown West, Downtown East and in Elliot Park.
Be aware that only Verizon customers with Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod add-on will have access to 5G service in the above mentioned areas at the present time. Later on this year, Verizon will support the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG’s V50 ThinQ with 5G service.
Basic package price for Verizon’s 5G wireless service will start at $85 per month for the basic ‘Go Unlimited’ plan and then prices go up from there. Also, Verizon says there will be no 5G data throttling and with the moto mod, usage will be unlimited with no data de-prioritization.
Another thing to be aware of is that the launching of in-home 5G service by
Verizonlast year was based off proprietary specifications but the current launching of 5G service is based off of standards developed by 3GPP and so the two 5G networks will not be compatible. In other words, if you own a 5G phone you will not be able to use it on your 5G in-home network. They will be two separate services.
Verizon isn’t the only carrier offering 5G service. Others like, AT&T and Sprint are also slowly rolling out their 5G networks world wide. Beginning in 2019 approximately 20 mobile operators are launching 5G in 60 markets it was reported by a Qualcomm executive of the chipmaker manufacturer. However, carriers are not offering the 5G service to just anyone. In Korea for instance 5G service is only being offered to businesses for the time being.
It will be a slow roll-out as a week ago reports revealed that the installation of 5G will take time due to the fact that the relay device, about the size of a laptop, will be installed on light poles not towers and will reach only a few thousand feet area as compared to cell towers that have several miles capacity.