Verizon Launches 5G Service in Minneapolis and Chicago

Verizon Launches 5G Service in Minneapolis and Chicago

While we'll be testing the 5G connectivity over the next week throughout the Chicago area, we'll be checking whether the millimeter wave technology Verizon uses for its 5G network will be able to penetrate obstacles and walls.

Verizon and Motorola jumped ahead of their original April 11 launch to become the first to 5G phone manufacturer and carrier, beating Samsung's scheduled April 5 launch in Korea.

The wireless carrier announced today (April 3) that it had turned on 5G service in Chicago and Minneapolis.

In Chicago, 5G service will work in the West Loop and South Loop, as well as around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Not all parts of Chicago and Minneapolis are now covered. Customers also have 5G Ultra Wideband service in the Verizon store on The Magnificent Mile and throughout The Gold Coast, Old Town and River North. Naturally, we want to know if those numbers are real, so we've been on the hunt for speedtests.


The two tests were run outside of US Bank Stadium, where the NCAA Final Four will take place this weekend.

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 U.S. cities. Thankfully, Verizon's PR crew has not been shy about posting some early numbers. Obviously you'll also need the moto z3, too: to buy the 5G moto mod, Verizon will require you to either have the phone registered to your account, or to buy one at the same time.

How Fast Is Verizon 5G?

The largest United States wireless carrier by subscribers will offer the "Moto mod" for $50 initially and its customers would not have to pay for 5G for the first three months. Because the first country to offer widespread 5G networks will see its economy get a boost from new services and businesses generated by the faster data speeds. After that, postpaid customers on any Verizon unlimited plan - including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited - will pay $10 extra per month for unlimited 5G data.

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