Verizon activates mobile 5G in two markets; only one phone can use it now

Verizon activates mobile 5G in two markets; only one phone can use it now
Today is the day that some Verizon subscribers might have been waiting for, at least those with the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod. The nation's largest carrier announced that it has become the second of the big four U.S. wireless providers to activate the next-generation of wireless connectivity for mobile users. Only two cities, Chicago and Minneapolis, are now offering Verizon 5G service. The company is looking to activate 5G in 30 additional markets later this year.

Right now, only Verizon customers in those two cities wielding a Moto Z3 (currently offered for 24 monthly payments of $10) and the $199.99 5G Moto Mod can connect to Big Red's 5G network. The Moto Mod, which attaches to the back of the phone, is now available online and at Verizon stores. Later this quarter, Verizon will have an exclusive for a limited time, on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The other major carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, will have the device for sale in the second half of this year.

With 5G, data speeds can top out at 1Gbps, about ten times as fast as peak 4G LTE speeds. Just as the move to 4G created new services and businesses (think Uber), the economy is expected to get a lift once 5G service is widespread. Movies that normally might take minutes to download on your phone will take only seconds using 5G. Last week, AT&T became the first mobile carrier in the states to hit the 1Gbps mark with its 5G mobile service that is offered by invitation to customers in 12 markets. AT&T requires its 5G customers to use the Netgear Nighthawk mobile hot spot in order to connect to the network. This is not to be confused with the company's enhanced 4G network that it misleadingly calls 5G Evolution.

That leaves T-Mobile and Sprint. Those two companies are waiting for regulatory approval so that they can merge, and both expect to roll out 5G service to some of their customers sometime later this year.

The move today by Verizon caught many by surprise since it wasn't expected to launch the service until next week. While 1Gbps is the peak speed for 5G, Verizon customers in Chicago and Minneapolis can expect to see download speeds in the range of 450Mbps.

Related phones

Moto Z3
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h talk time)
Galaxy S10 5G
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 4500 mAh



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

but missed the mark on RCS...

3. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012


2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am 13 year VZ wireless customer as I am glad that they are the first to 5G. However, were are the phones to support 5G? LOL!!! S10 5G? LOL! Verizon is waiting on iPhone (2020) to release badly. LOL!

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Not really. VZW and Motorola worked together to get a 5G capable handset out. Now if other manufacturers are lagging behind, not the carriers fault, now is it? I understand phone release cycles, hence this was an add-on for the now aged Moto Z3 (Release April 2018, soon to be replaced I believe). VZW Created the network and a device to use on it. Now we wait for other manufacturers to catch up and release 5G versions of their devices. Apple won't be on 5G till 2021 once they can work out a deal for modems.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Verizon is on this "1 phone only" feature list lately. I can jump ALL THE WAY around the world... but only 1 meter at a time. I don't think Guiness is considering me for any records at this point......

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