Is this why Verizon activated its mobile 5G network a week early?

Verizon Moto Z3 starts getting Android 9.0 Pie 5G Moto Mod support in tow

Instead, Verizon's 5G network is limited to select areas in those two cities for now. As the test proves, Verizon's 5G network is the real deal for now and that 5GE, since it's really just a 4G LTE Advanced connection, can't hang.

Earlier today Verizon launched 5G mobile internet for smartphones in Chicago and Minneapolis.

5G is a new and rapidly evolving technology and Verizon expects regular improvement in 5G Ultra Wideband speed, latency and overall network performance as Verizon engineers, working with a number of technology partners, continue to upgrade the network.

In Chicago, the following locations will be 5G-enabled: West Loop, South Loop, Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Chicago Theatre, The Gold Coast, Old Town and River North. Officially, the network is only live in Chicago, Illinois, and in Minneapolis, Wisconsin. In Minneapolis, 5G service is concentrated in the Downtown area as well as areas of Elliot Park and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America.




Aside from the hands-on in the Magnificent Mile Verizon Store where the launch event took place, we knew getting to experience 5G in the wild might take a bit of work. The service will cost an additional $10 per month, the New York-based carrier said previously. T-Mobile and Sprint are expected to launch limited 5G services in the next few months, but both carriers are pushing for a merger that would combine those networks down the line. The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis also has an indoor 5G network.

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. Samsung, meanwhile, has yet to announce when a 5G version of its latest Galaxy smartphone is going to be available in the United States.

It should be noted that to access 5G service, you will first need to have a Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plan.

With plenty of holdings in the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum, expect to see Verizon doing plenty of small 5G UWB rollouts throughout the rest of the year.

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