How much does your home internet bench? 30Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps? Well, how about 700Mbps and change, sans wires, against 95.25 Mbps national average for home broadband. Verizon just preempted South Korean carriers and made the first smartphone connection to a commercial 5G network connection.
Granted, its next-gen phone connectivity demo is limited to Chicago and Minneapolis for now, but a first is a first, and it will be adding 30 more "5G Ultra Wideband" markets by year-end. Meanwhile, Korea already has a nationwide 5G network built up, and all major carriers there will offer 5G plans when it goes live today and tomorrow with the release of the Galaxy S10 5G
. SK Telecom even has a truly unlimited 5G plan with no speed caps for the equivalent of $70 a month, how about that?
For now, Verizon is only offering the experience on a Moto Z3
phone with a 5G mod
add-on, while the US release of the Galaxy S10
5G is slated for May when we will probably also see the LG V50 5G
pop up as an alternative, too. That's a lot of requirements to meet. Moreover, the 700+ Mbps 5G speed test was carried out in perfect conditions that will only be a chink of the situations once the network is ubiquitous.
As you can see from Verizon spokesman David Weissmann's video below, the phone is literally next to a pole peppered with base stations like a 5G Christmas tree on a clear and sunny day. Given the 5G standard's propensity for low building penetration, your results might vary, plus 768 Mbps is nothing breathtaking to begin with. The Koreans hit 2.65Gbps with the S10 5G
just last week, for goodness sake! That's what happens when you can't use Huawei base stations to build out the 5G goods. Just kidding, CIA. Breathe.