Verizon Launches 5G Service in Minneapolis and Chicago

Verizon Launches 5G Service in Minneapolis and Chicago

Verizon Launches 5G Service in Minneapolis and Chicago

The service Verizon is offering - 5G, the fifth generation of wireless data networks - could provide consumers Internet speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G networks, according to an industry trade association.

"We're lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world's first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone", CEO Hans Vestberg touted in a statement. These are dense areas of Chicago, including Magnificent Mile (specifically the Verizon store), Gold Coast, Old Town, River North, and portions of South Loop and West Loop.

In Minneapolis, meanwhile, 5G is focused in the Downtown area.

As for Minneapolis, 5G coverage is concentrated in the following areas or places: Downtown, Downtown West, and Downtown East, the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center, First Avenue venues, The Commons, Elliot Park, and the Verizon store in The Mall of America.

Although this makes Verizon and Motorola the first to 5G in the world, there's still the question of what that really means for all of us, the people using the the first 5G phone on the first 5G network - which is only available in parts of two United States cities.

Over the course of our initial hands-on, we seriously questioned Verizon's 5G network's reliability.

Verizon is off to an early lead, but the race is only just starting.

AT&T Corp and Sprint Corp are also building their 5G networks and plan to release 5G smartphones with Samsung Electronics later this year.

The move, which caught many by surprise, will give the customers who have 5G equipped phones access to wireless service with speeds of up to 1 Global Positioning System, roughly 10 times the peak speed of 4G.

On a related note, what in the hell is that "5G UWB" logo?

Of course, these tests are somewhat meaningless at this stage because there are so few connections to Verizon 5G. CNET is in Chicago right now testing it with the Moto Z3.

Verizon postpaid customers on any unlimited plan (Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited) can add 5G data for an additional $10 per month, but the first three months of 5G data will be free.

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