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

A giant Verizon 5G logo in an expo hall

A giant Verizon 5G logo in an expo hall

For an extra $10 month on top of typical Verizon unlimited plans, you'll have unlimited 5G data.

Verizon launched its first commercial 5G service in October when its 5G Home offering went live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. To use the 5G service at launch, you'll have to pay $50 for "the Verizon-exclusive 5G Moto Mod", which can be attached to a Motorola Moto Z3, a phone that Verizon sells for $480. There's a caveat, of course, as the carrier said only parts of the cities will experience Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service before the coverage is expanded more widely.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on the opportunities for growth, what 5G will mean for consumers, the telecom's cost cutting and the outlook for the US economy. In addition to Verizon's strap-on approach, AT&T Inc.is calling its upgraded 4G service "5G E".

Finally, the last obstacle between you and 5G is a compatible device.

The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person without 5G.

The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto Z3
The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto

The largest USA wireless carrier by subscribers will offer the "Moto mod" for $50 initially and its customers would not have to pay for 5G for the first three months.

If the device sounds familiar, that's because Motorola spoke about the device in recent weeks, showing the 5G Moto Mod in Barcelona at MWC 2019. The mod is essentially a full-fledged smartphone, rocking the new Snapdragon 855 processor, a 5G modem, 5G antennas, and a 2,000 mAh battery. Starting Thursday, March 14, the company is taking orders for a $50 snap-on module for the Motorola Z3 phone, making it the only phone that will be enabled for the advanced service by the April 11 launch date. Buy it later, and you'll have to pay $349.99.

If you're not a Verizon customer or you don't have a Moto Z3, you can still get in on the action. Verizon also announced a couple of deals for that handset, both good only on March 14th. Verizon is waiving the $10 fee for the first 3 months too.

This won't make Verizon the first to offer 5G service - that goes to AT&T - but it will mean Verizon would be the first carrier to have 5G service and a 5G-capable smartphone that can connect to that service.

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