Here’s how much 5G service will cost from Verizon

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2019

Verizon today announced that its 5G network will go live on April 11 in "select areas of" Chicago and Minneapolis and eventually hit "more than 30" United States cities in 2019.

Verizon's 5G service plan comes with unlimited data, available for $10 a month (with the first three months free) with any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans. To use the 5G service at launch, you'll have to pay $50 for "the Verizon-exclusive 5G Moto Mod", which can be attached to a Motorola Moto Z3, a phone that Verizon sells for $480. To qualify for this sweet introductory deal, you'll have to own or buy a Moto Z3 alongside its 5G-enabling add-on. And the company says it has plans to rapidly expand the network in coverage area this year.

And lastly, the only phone that will work with Verizon's 5G network at launch will be the Moto Z3, which must be paired with the 5G Moto Mod.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on the opportunities for growth, what 5G will mean for consumers, the telecom's cost cutting and the outlook for the US economy. Last month, Verizon announced that it intends to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network in more than 30 USA cities in 2019.

The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person without 5G.

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If the device sounds familiar, that's because Motorola spoke about the device in recent weeks, showing the 5G Moto Mod in Barcelona at MWC 2019.

Verizon says that users who add the $10 5G service will get unlimited data when on 5G with no limits or de-prioritization. If the merger is blocked, Verizon will have less competition dominating the 5G market in the U.S. AT&T is also upgrading its networks to 5G. 5G service in Minneapolis will be in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park.

Nevertheless, 5G will be faster than what's available today and for that, you'll have to pay. In October, Verizon launched the first commercial 5G home broadband networks in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Indianapolis, though those were on an older 5G system that the company is planning to switch out.

5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.

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