Verizon delays 5G service upcharge, but only for some
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G users (which is to say all 5G customers, since that's the only 5G device available in the U.S. market right now,) but it can be a bit confusing. Galaxy S10 5G users will have the fee waived for three months if they're in one of the recently announced rollout cities, and it will be waived for an unknown amount of time for others. To make it even more confusing, Tami Erwin, head of Verizon’s new business-focused unit, told The Wall Street Journal that Verizon will be delaying the $10 extra charge for an undisclosed amount of time in order to allow customers time to try out 5G and understand what it's all about.Verizon had announced previously that it would be charging $10 extra per month for 5G service in the relatively few markets where that service is available. Verizon also waived that fee for
Verizon contends that customers who have 5G service love it and want to see it spread out more, but Erwin implied the rollout is going slowly because of permits needed to create denser networks. Of course, it seems inevitable that as 5G networks grow, carriers will feel more emboldened to raise prices. For instance, AT&T's CEO made it sound like he had no way to stop 5G pricing from becoming more like wire line tiered pricing.