The service will be live in parts Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, and residents of those cities who are interested in getting Verizon 5G beamed into their home can go to FirstOn5G.com starting September 13th to see if service will be offered in their area and sign up.
Verizon 5G Home is more fully described as 'the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service, .
As an added bonus for signing up for Verizon 5G Home, you will be given three months of YouTube TV for free along with your choice of either an Apple TV 4K or a Google Chromecast Ultra - also free. Despite the ability to deliver high speeds, Verizon's 5G Home service technically isn't 5G since this early launch uses non-industry-standard technology (learn more about the basics of 5G). As a result, Verizon said it would upgrade "Verizon 5G Home" customers' equipment to the 3GPP standard next year at no charge. Verizon plans to use these towns as new 5G labs to test out use cases. "Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to "cut the cord" or upgrade from their current cable service".
"5G is here", Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said on Tuesday afternoon.
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The news follows Verizon earlier this week announcing that it will be expanding its 5G Labs to four new locations across the United States, with its New York City 5G Lab to focus on media and finance tech; the Los Angeles lab on augmented reality (AR) and holograms; the Washington DC lab on public safety, first responders, cybersecurity, and hospitality tech; the Palo Alto lab on emerging technologies, education, and big data; and its Waltham, Massachusetts, lab on robotics, healthcare, and real-time enterprise services.
Customers can purchase "new 5G mobile devices as soon as they hit the market", Verizon said.
Verizon's 5G mobile service hasn't launched yet. According to Verizon, the peak speeds can reach close to 1 Gbps. While Verizon's 5G Home service won't be a true 5G wireless network, it will help the company as it continues to build out a faster wireless network.