Verizon turned on its 5G network a week earlier than expected

Verizon just turned on its 5G network in the US a week ahead of schedule

Verizon is Now Rolling Out 5G Wireless For Smartphones

As the test proves, Verizon's 5G network is the real deal for now and that 5GE, since it's really just a 4G LTE Advanced connection, can't hang.

Users in Chicago and Minneapolis will be able to avail the 5G wireless network from April 11 by using a Motorola Z3 mobile and a 5G "Moto Mod", a physical magnet-like attachment for the phone, the telecommunications company said.

In Chicago, 5G coverage is concentrated in areas of the West Loop and the South Loop, around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre.

If you live in certain areas throughout Chicago or Minneapolis, congratulations. Milwaukee's 5G coverage areas are in Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park, and the Mall of America's Verizon Store.

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Over the course of our initial hands-on, we seriously questioned Verizon's 5G network's reliability. Moto Z3 owners are now getting an update delivering support for the 5G Moto Mod, and if that weren't nice enough, the update also just so happens to bring Android 9 Pie to the phone.

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 USA cities.

The early limitations on Verizon's 5G network reflect the nascent nature of the technology.

"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands", said Hans Vestberg, Verizon's chairman and chief executive officer in a statement. (Credit: Tom's Guide) As part of the 5G launch in those cities, Verizon is now selling the $349 5G Moto Mod, an add-on that brings 5G connectivity to the Moto Z3 smartphone. AT&T launched its 5G service in select areas late past year, but it only made a single 5G hotspot available to select testers and hasn't said a peep since.

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