Even though 5G is still far away for most parts of the world and some questions remain, we have been getting closer since the beginning of the year. Where AT&T made the headlines with an almost 5G network last December, Verizon is promising the real thing. As of April 11, people in Chicago and Minneapolis will be able to enjoy 5G mobile telephony.
“Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is built by the company with the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network. It will change the way we live, work, learn and play, starting in Chicago and Minneapolis and rapidly expanding to more than 30 U.S. markets this year,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief technology officer. For the time being, this offer is only available for customers with Verizon’s unlimited plan. Monthly fees range from 40 to 60 dollars – to experience 5G, you will need another 10 dollars. The first 90 days however are free of charge.
But which smartphone fits?
A 5G network is all well and good but you still need a compatible smartphone. Luckily manufacturers are introducing one 5G smartphone after another. It was Samsung who first made the impossible possible. The Galaxy S10 5G was showcased on February 20 and is expected to be available this summer. Huawei followed at the beginning of March and immediately combined 5G with its new foldable smartphone Mate X. This outshined Samsung as the Galaxy Fold was also launched on February 20 – which however is not 5G compatible.
LG has also brought the 5G smartphone V50 Thinq into the picture. Xiaomi, Sony, ZTE and Nubia presented 5G devices at this year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress as well. As of today, the power-up of Motorola’s moto z3 is available. Using the clip-on 5G moto mod, the moto z3 is ready for Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. That leaves only one thing to do – waiting until April 11 and more 5G smartphones.