Verizon mobile 5G launches April with extra fees: 5G Moto Mod dated

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In Chicago, you'll have access to Verizon's 5G in The Loop, Magnificent Mile (around the Verizon store there), The Gold Coast, River North and Old Town at the outset. This extra monthly cost applies to "any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans".

The largest US 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.

Verizon Communications Inc beat rivals AT&T and Sprint in the race to launch the first fifth generation mobile services in two cities in the United States at an additional cost of $10 for customers with existing unlimited plans. 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.

Verizon was careful to say that "5G data usage" will be unlimited without slowdowns, so those de-prioritization thresholds will still apply to 4G usage.

Nevertheless, 5G will be faster than what's available today and for that, you'll have to pay. Buy it later, and you'll have to pay $349.99. For Minneapolis, you are looking at 5G in Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park. "Not all 5G networks are the same", Malady said in a statement.

The 5G Moto Mod - which snaps on the back of the otherwise 4G LTE Motorola Moto Z3 - will go up for pre-order tomorrow, March 14. By the way, the handset can be obtained free of charge from Big Red with a device payment plan and new line of service, fetching $10 a month for a total of $240 for upgrading customers. Later in the year, Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G too, but we don't have timing for release on that.

If you're not a Verizon customer or you don't have a Moto Z3, you can still get in on the action. There's a caveat, of course, as the carrier said only parts of the cities will experience Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service before the coverage is expanded more widely.

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