Verizon taps Chicago, Minneapolis as first 5G markets

The carrier's ultra fast wireless network goes live on April 11

Verizon on Wednesday announced that Chicago and Minneapolis will serve as the carrier’s first two markets to receive its 5G Ultra Wideband technology.

The next-gen, super fast network gets started on April 11 with select areas of each city getting the 5G treatment. The two are just the first of what should be some 30 cities over the course of 2019.

According to Verizon, the 5G service plan comes with unlimited data for just $10 per month with any of the carrier’s unlimited plans. This includes the Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited plans; the first three months will see the $10 rate waived.


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As for phones with support for Verizon’s 5G network, there’s just one at this point: the Motorola Moto Z3. It’s not built into the device, though, as it requires an add-on module, or Moto Mod. As such the Moto Mod will retail for just $50 as part of a special offer.

With an expected retail price of $350, it’s otherwise quite an expensive piece of hardware to tack on just for the privilege of accessing faster data.

To buy the 5G Moto Mod at the discounted price, customers must either have an active Moto Z3 (READ OUR REVIEW) on their account or purchase one at the same time.

On March 14, customers can get the Moto Z3 for free if they active a new line of service on a device payment plan. What’s more, if they order the 5G Moto Mod, they can get a free Verizon Dual USB-C travel charger. It’s a one-day-only sale and limited to supplies on hand.

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