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. Sure, AT&T "technically" launched its 5G mobile network back in late 2018, but access to the network is extremely limited and only made possible with Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspots.
Verizon began its preparations for 5G years ago by densifying its 4G LTE network using small cell sites in highly-populated areas.
For Chicago, the 5G service is concentrated in the West and South Loop areas near landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. Previously, Verizon had only been taking pre-orders for the Moto Mod, which is now available at a discounted price of $199.
The move makes Verizon the first wireless carrier in the United States to flip the switch on speedy, smartphone-ready 5G service in select urban areas, the company said in a statement, though other USA carriers including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to do the same in the coming months. Verizon says that the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod are available today for in-store pickup, or you can choose next-day or two-day shipping options to have it on your doorstep before the end of the week. Then, you'll have to tack on another $10/month for those glorious 5G speeds (albeit without data caps).
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"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 the release.
On a related note, what in the hell is that "5G UWB" logo? The 5G Ultra Wideband Network has gone live in two locations - "select areas" of Minneapolis and Chicago - Verizon said this morning. Later this year, Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G model, which will be exclusive to Verizon customers for a short period, will join that club.
Of course, these tests are somewhat meaningless at this stage because there are so few connections to Verizon 5G.
Sprint plans to turn on its 5G network in May, starting with Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City, and it will sell LG's 5G-capable V50 ThinQ later this spring.