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

Judy Cobb
March 14, 2019

The service carrier is launching its 5G network for its mobile users in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11.

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.

Verizon's service uses high-frequency spectrum bands to reach speeds 10 or more times faster than current 4G LTE networks. The insane affordable Moto Z3 can be paired with a special Moto Mod that will go on pre-order tomorrow, March 14.

Verizon finally revealed its first 5G cities this morning, as well as the initial pricing that will get your compatible phone on that new network. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point.

The company's deal with Motorola is exclusive for the moto mod. Rudi Kalil, Motorola's general manager for North America, said in a statement, "We're very excited that the transformative 5G moto mod developed at our headquarters in Chicago will soon be used by our own community, in addition to Minneapolis, to bring our bright 5G future to life".

Motorola Moto Z3
Motorola Moto Z3

Verizon was careful to say that "5G data usage" will be unlimited without slowdowns, so those de-prioritization thresholds will still apply to 4G usage. As long as you have one of Verizon's unlimited plans (Go, Beyond, or Above Unlimited), you can pay $10/mo and get access to 5G.

For a limited time, customers can preorder the 5G moto mod, which retails for $349.99, for just $50. The first three months of access will be free. 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. But Samsung has yet to announce a release date for it.

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Motorola's 5G add-on costs $350 (about £265, AU$495), as much as the the Moto Z3 itself at some online retailers.

5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.

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