Verizon to Launch its 5G Ultra Wideband Network in Chicago and Minneapolis

Verizon announced that they will launch their 5G Ultra Wideband Network in Chicago and Minneapolis, on April 11, 2019. This 5G Service launch will coincide with the offering of a new 5G moto mod by Motorola. When paired with the Motorola Z3, the 5G moto mod creates the world’s first 5G-enabled smartphone. Select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to experience Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service, and the company has plans to rapidly expand the coverage area. Last month, Verizon announced that it intends to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network in more than 30 U.S. cities in 2019.

The 5G Ultra Wideband technology uses new radio technology and new device hardware to deliver advanced capabilities to consumers and businesses. When customers move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the 5G Moto Mod automatically and seamlessly hands off the signal to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service will continue to improve as Verizon expands capabilities and coverage areas.

Verizon launched the world’s first commercial 5G Ultra Wideband network in October 2018 with the roll out of 5G Home broadband internet service in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Indianapolis. Verizon 5G Home services in those markets relies on an early version of the 5G standard developed by the 5G Technology Forum (TF). 5G Mobility service Chicago and Minneapolis, and all Verizon 5G services going forward, use the NR standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

They have now started taking pre-orders for its exclusive 5G moto mod. With this mod, the moto Z3 can upgrade to 5G, giving Verizon customers full access to the benefits of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband Network. This will help customers experience ultra-fast wireless speeds, download and stream movies and TV shows in seconds. Plus, 5G’s ultra-low latency will allow business customers to video conference and collaborate remotely in near real time.

For a limited time, the 5G moto mod is being offered for just $50 ($349.99 retail). Verizon postpaid customers with any Verizon unlimited plan, including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited, get unlimited 5G data for $10 per month (with the first three months free). To buy a 5G Moto Mod, customers must either have an active Moto Z3 on their account or purchase one at the same time as the 5G Moto Mod.

Click here to learn more about Verizon’s 5G technology.