Verizon's 5G network coverage is going live for 20 more cities across the U.S.

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UPDATE: Aaand, Verizon is official with the 20 new 5G markets it's lighting up soon, original story below:

Verizon preempted South Korean carriers and made the first smartphone connection to a commercial 5G network connection in downtown Chicago and Minneapolis not long ago. It will be adding 30 more "5G Ultra Wideband" markets by year-end and we got sent the next batch of 20 that are "coming soon" according to Verizon's internal system. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Memphis, TN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Providence, RI
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • Washington, DC

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. The 768 Mbps 5G demo speed test was carried out by Verizon in perfect conditions that will only be a chunk of the situations once the network is ubiquitous, though. 

Тhe 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, as far as peak speeds go. The Koreans hit 2.65Gbps with the S10 5G a few weeks back, and yesterday Europe's first 5G network, Swisscom, demonstrated 1.8 Gbps on the new Oppo Reno 5G model that will be available there next week.

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.

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