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Verizon becomes first in the world to activate 5G network

Verizon becomes first in the world to activate 5G network”

"Verizon launched the first commercial broadband 5G service last October, Verizon 5G Home, and now we're lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world's first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone".

Motorola had already teased release notes back in late January telling users what improvements to expect from the Pie OTA, such as network connectivity support for the 5G Moto Mod. For the moment, in fact, most people are going to see LTE service much more often than 5G, though Verizon says it aims to have service active in more than 30 U.S. cities by the end of the year.

In Chicago, 5G coverage is concentrated in areas of the West Loop and the South Loop, around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre.

Not many phones are available to take advantage of 5G's faster speeds, though.

If you actually want to use Verizon's 5G, mind, you'll need to own a very specific device.

If you live in certain areas throughout Chicago or Minneapolis, congratulations.

Right now, service is still limited in the city to the downtown area, U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Center and other well-visited parts of the city. Later this year, Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G model, which will be exclusive to Verizon customers for a short period, will join that club. The carrier is charging $10 a month for unlimited 5G data on top of its regular unlimited plans.

Pre-orders for the $200 add-on finally began three weeks ago with the aim of getting customers ready for the planned debut of 5G on April 11. Verizon said you're the "first in the world" to get a commercial 5G network that works with a 5G smartphone.

AT&T now offers 5G service in 12 cities, with plans to add another 9 in 2019. As for T-Mobile, it's planning to make a 5G push in the second half of the year.



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