Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in February that the company is planning to roll out 5G network service to more than 30 US cities in 2019. We know Big Red is planning to deploy 5G connectivity across "more than 30 U.S. cities" by the end of the year, but said cities remain under wraps and there are no expansion dates beyond Chicago and Minneapolis to share at the moment. Customers using unlimited plans will be able to access the network for free for the first 90 days, after which they'll start paying the extra $10 per month for the service plan.
To be perfectly clear, you'll need both the Moto Z3 phone and magnetically-attaching accessory to break the 4G barrier, as the former comes with an aging Snapdragon 835 processor rather than the hot new 855 silicon. When Verizon's 5G service launches in Chicago and Minneapolis next month, that 5G Moto Mod will likely be the only way to tap into the network. If you have an older Verizon plan and refuse to switch, you won't have access to 5G.
For a limited time, customers can preorder the 5G moto mod, which retails for $349.99, for just $50.
First, the 5G network's only launching in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park.
Verizon and other carriers that want to roll out the 5G network are promising smartphone and home broadband users faster data speeds, less delays and the ability to connect to more devices. If you already own a Moto Z3, then great! Samsung will eventually launch Galaxy S10 5G as a timed Verizon exclusive, but that won't be arriving until sometime this summer.
Early adopters who live in Chicago or Minneapolis will no doubt pounce at the opportunity to hop onto a 5G network that promises to bring significantly faster data speeds and more bandwidth for devices, but we recommend waiting for proper phones with built-in 5G modems to come out first.
5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.