Verizon picks Minneapolis, Chicago as its first 5G cities

Subscribers will pay an extra $10-a-month to access 5G, provided their phone can use it.
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Verizon has selected Minneapolis and Chicago as the first two U.S. cities where it will launch its 5G mobile network.

The cellphone carrier confirmed that its 5G Ultra Wideband service will launch in the two cities on April 11, with 30 more locations following by the end of 2019.

It's promising "ultra-fast speeds" and "ultra-low lag time" compared to the current 4G LTE network, allowing fast movie downloads and seamless video streaming.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of 5G access will need to pay an extra $10-a-month to get unlimited data, with Verizon offering the first three months free.

But in order to be able to access it, you'll need a phone that has the ability to use 5G, and there are precious few around at the moment.

Verizon's first 5G capable phone is the Motorola z3, however in order to access the 5G network owners of the phone will have to pay $50 for a "5G moto mod" upgrade.

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It's available at that price for a "limited time," after which it increases in price to an eye-watering $349.99.

If you order the $50 mod today (March 14) and activate a new line of service with Verizon, you'll get a free z3 phone.

Verizon also said that a 5G-capable Samsung S10 will also be released "soon."

Verizon's announcement comes a month after AT&T said it would be bringing 5G service to the Twin Cities in the first half of 2019.

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