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

Verizon announces 5G mobile network release date and 5G Moto Mod pre-orders

Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

However, not all Verizon subscribers will be able to get on 5G come April 11th, which is when Big Red's 5G service officially launches. The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person or $160 for a family of four without 5G.

Just like 4G a few years ago, initial 5G coverage will be limited to a few markets and the same goes for Verizon. That fee will be waived for the first three months, which is nice, but if you were expecting Verizon to offer 5G service at no extra cost, this is probably some sour news.

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.

Regardless of how you get the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod, it will cost you $10 per month on top of your existing Verizon unlimited plan payments to access 5G. We'll undoubtedly be hearing more about Verizon's 5G plans soon, so stay tuned for more, but in the meantime, head down to the comments section and let us know if you'll be signing up for Verizon's 5G service on April 11. If the merger is blocked, Verizon will have less competition dominating the 5G market in the U.S. AT&T is also upgrading its networks to 5G.

As the battle for "first to 5G" heats up among the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States, it appears Verizon is taking the lead. For Minneapolis, you are looking at 5G in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park.

Verizon's "5G Ultra Wideband Network" is the real deal - it works with phones and other mobile devices just like 4G LTE - and isn't to be confused with the company's "home" 5G network, which launched past year in select cities. Later in the year, Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G too, but we don't have timing for release on that.

"To buy a 5G Moto Mod, customers must either have an active Moto Z3 on their account or purchase a Moto Z3 at the same time as the 5G Moto Mod", Verizon said.

As far as that 5G Moto Mod is concerned, pre-orders open tomorrow, March 14.

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