Verizon's 5G network to launch April 11 in two United States cities

5G Moto Mod for Moto Z3 Goes Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow

Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

T-Mobile US Inc. has also promised mobile 5G service to start in 30 cities this year, with more comprehensive coverage coming next year.

Last month, Verizon gave us a fairly vague timeline for its 5G plans in 2019, saying that mobile 5G would launch in 30 cities across the U.S. throughout the year but not really getting specific about the "where" or "when".

The 5G Moto Mod will be available on preorder on March 14th, and Verizon is discounting it to just $50 for a limited time. The 5G Moto Mod only works with the Moto z3, and will available exclusively to Verizon customers in the U.S.

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.

5G Moto Mod for Moto Z3 Goes Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow

The largest USA wireless carrier by subscribers will offer the "Moto mod" for $50 initially and its customers would not have to pay for 5G for the first three months.

Verizon was careful to say that "5G data usage" will be unlimited without slowdowns, so those de-prioritization thresholds will still apply to 4G usage. The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person or $160 for a family of four without 5G.

If the device sounds familiar, that's because Motorola spoke about the device in recent weeks, showing the 5G Moto Mod in Barcelona at MWC 2019. By the way, the handset can be obtained free of charge from Big Red with a device payment plan and new line of service, fetching $10 a month for a total of $240 for upgrading customers. Today, Verizon is starting to pull back the veil on its 5G Mobility plans a little bit, announcing launch dates for two cities.

What happens if you aren't in a 5G area? 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. If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11. To buy a 5G moto mod, customers must either have an active moto z3 on their account or purchase a moto z3 at the same time as the 5G moto mod. Later in the year, Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G too, but we don't have timing for release on that.

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