Verizon 5G Internet is the next big thing! having been talked about for quite a long time, the technology is all set to arrive this year. In less than a month, Verizon would become the first cellular carrier in the US to provide 5G services. The company had teased that 30 locations in the US will get Verizon 5G internet by the end of the year.
Let us take a closer look at everything that we know about the Verizon 5G rollout plan so far. We look at when is it coming out, which cities are going to get it, the cost of 5G and more details.
Verizon 5G Rollout Plan: Which Cities are going to get 5G?
At the Mobile World Congress event, Verizon had claimed that their 5G internet would be running in 30 cities in the US before 2019 comes to an end. However, we did not know which cities. The company also revealed the date on which 5G services would start, 11 April. Verizon has now revealed the first two names that would be getting 5G internet: Chicago and Minneapolis.
Interestingly, at least in the early days, not the entire city would be getting 5G access. Verizon has stated that their 5G services would be available in the following places initially:
- The Loop
- The Gold Coast
- River North
- Old Town
- Verizon Store (Magnificient Mile)
- Downtown (East and West)
- Elliot Park
- Verizon Store (Mall of America)
While only 30 cities are going to get 5G internet from the Big Red in 2019, the company plans to get a nationwide coverage in 2020. This, however, would involve a major nation-wide infrastructure upgrade.
Verizon 5G Home Service
These, however, are the Verizon 5G cellular services. The company is also introducing an in-home experience of 5G internet. The Verizon 5G Home Service allows the users to make use of 5G internet at their home, but that means they won’t be able to access 5G when they’re outside. This is available in –
- Los Angeles
While Verizon does see some sort of potential in their home service, not everyone believes in this vision. John Legere, the CEO of Rival telecom giant T-Mobile took a shot on this Verizon service on Twitter, saying it is not scalable.
I cannot begin to explain how important 5G is going to be for this country, so I have to say congrats to Verizon on delivering its 5G* Home Service today. It doesn’t use global industry standards or cover whole blocks and will never scale… but hey, it is first, right?! 🤷♂️
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 1, 2018
Verizon, however, is confident of this service. While most local internet service providers offer speeds of 100-200 Mbps, Verizon already claims to offer as much as 300 Mbps. Furthermore, the company has said that under ideal circumstances, speeds up to 1 Gbps are attainable for home users as well as cellular users.
Verizon 5G Internet Price
For those in the areas where Verizon 5G is supported, the pricing details have also been revealed. There are three price plans for 5G internet at the moment:
- Go Unlimited: $85 per month, subjected to throttling.
- Beyond Unlimited: $95 per month, 22GB of unthrottled LTE data.
- Above Unlimited: $105 per month, 75GB of LTE and then throttling.
Given that only a handful of smartphones support 5G internet, and considering the fact that major infrastructural changes are needed from Verizon too, 5G is still a long way from becoming mainstream. However, this is indeed quite a start!