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Verizon will switch on mobile 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis April 11th

Verizon will switch on mobile 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis April 11th

Motorola is timing the April 11 release date with the launch of Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities: Chicago and Minneapolis.

Verizon, which plans to expand to more than 30 USA cities in 2019, launched its first commercial 5G service in October when its 5G Home offering went live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Regardless of how you get the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod, it will cost you $10 per month on top of your existing Verizon unlimited plan payments to access 5G.

Verizon's service uses high-frequency spectrum bands to reach speeds 10 or more times faster than current 4G LTE networks.

To be perfectly clear, you'll need both the Moto Z3 phone and magnetically-attaching accessory to break the 4G barrier, as the former comes with an aging Snapdragon 835 processor rather than the hot new 855 silicon.

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.

The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto Z3
The 5G Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto

So what are Verizon's first 5G markets?

Without the 5G service, Verizon's three unlimited plans cost $75, $85, or $95 a month for a single line and differ based on throttling policies, video quality, and mobile hotspot data limits. Moto has the first 5G upgradeable smartphone. Besides the chips, the 5G Moto Mod also integrates 10 antennas: four Qualcomm's QTM052 for mmWave radio, two antennas for sub-6 GHz connectivity, and four for 4G/LTE.

In other words, preordering the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod this week will get you a high-end 5G smartphone for $540 off the regular price. If you detach the mod, you'll naturally give up your "ultra-fast" speeds. After the pre-order period, it'll return back to its regular $350 sticker price, which is a bit pricey if you ask us. Should you care enough about Verizon 5G, live in Minneapolis or Chicago, or already own a Moto Z3, that's not a bad pre-order deal.

Wireless providers are rushing to be the first to roll out 5G technology.

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

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