Verizon launches 5G in Chicago, Minneapolis at $10 extra cost

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Verizon launches 5G in Chicago, Minneapolis at $10 extra cost

Chicago and Minneapolis. Both will see Verizon 5G Mobility (that's the fancy name for Big Red's mobile 5G servcice) go live on April 11 in select areas.

Verizon's 5G service plan comes with unlimited data, available for $10 a month (with the first three months free) with any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans.

You should also know that Moto Mods are obviously only compatible with Motorola devices like the Moto Z3.

Analysts said Verizon's (vz) initial 5G service would only tempt a small number of consumers to sign up, given its spotty coverage and price premium. Besides, we still don't want to think about how much the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 variant might cost. Existing Verizon customers with a Moto Z3 attached to their account can get the 5G Moto Mod for just $50.

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

Verizon says its new 5G network will launch in "more than 30 markets" in 2019, but stopped short at announcing rollout dates for any other US cities. That means a single Above Unlimited line with 5G access will cost $105 a month with a $5 Auto Pay discount.

It's worth keeping in mind that you'll need to be on one of Verizon's Unlimited plans to even pre-order the 5G Moto Mod when those open up tomorrow, as explained in an FAQ about the add-on. Even Verizon is using that careful language (it's also the exclusive United States carrier for Samsung's 5G phone for a limited time). 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. Better yet, this 5G service fee is waived for the first three months. Tough luck! You won't be getting 5G yet.

Early adopters who live in Chicago or Minneapolis will no doubt pounce at the opportunity to hop onto a 5G network that promises to bring significantly faster data speeds and more bandwidth for devices, but we recommend waiting for proper phones with built-in 5G modems to come out first. Sprint (s) has said it will offer 5G starting in May in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City but hasn't disclosed pricing.

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