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

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The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which now start at $75 for one person without 5G. On family plans, each 5G line would cost $10 extra.

To start the Moto Z3 with a 5G Moto Mod attached is the only device that can connect to Verizon's 5G network. If the merger is blocked, Verizon will have less competition dominating the 5G market in the U.S. AT&T is also upgrading its networks to 5G. Verizon said in a blog post today that postpaid customers on any of the company's three Unlimited plans will need to pay an extra $10 a month for unlimited 5G. Buying the $85 plan lets a customer use at least 22GB a month before facing possible slowdowns, while the $95 plan comes with 75GB before possible slowdowns. AT&T has begun offering what it calls "5G Evolution", which is actually just the 4G LTE that is used by Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. In Minneapolis, the initial coverage areas are Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park and close to the Verizon store in the Mall of America.

Verizon's "5G Ultra Wideband Network" is the real deal - it works with phones and other mobile devices just like 4G LTE - and isn't to be confused with the company's "home" 5G network, which launched previous year in select cities. When asked if de-prioritization will be applied to future 5G devices and cities, Verizon told Ars, "we haven't determined that yet". Later in the year, Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G too, but we don't have timing for release on that. "Not all 5G networks are the same", Malady said in a statement. If you don't pre-order, the retail price is $349 when it arrives April 11. Better yet, this 5G service fee is waived for the first three months. The first 5G-enabled smartphone to accompany the service is the Motorola moto z3 with the 5G moto mod, which will be available for pre-order on March 14.

The Motorola 5G Moto Mod packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC that is used to boot the company's X50 modem, the key enabler of the developer's 5G platform.

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