Motorola's 5G Moto Mod for Moto z3 Now Available on Verizon


However, not all Verizon subscribers will be able to get on 5G come April 11th, which is when Big Red's 5G service officially launches.

Verizon sidestepped one of the main challenges to 5G introduction - the absence of 5G phones - by offering an adaptation. On family plans, each 5G line would cost $10 extra.

By contrast, users of 4G LTE data with Verizon's $75 unlimited plan can be throttled "in times of congestion", regardless of how much data they use.

Regardless of how you get the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod, it will cost you $10 per month on top of your existing Verizon unlimited plan payments to access 5G. When Verizon's 5G service launches in Chicago and Minneapolis next month, that 5G Moto Mod will likely be the only way to tap into the network. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point. Verizon would not say how 5G pricing would work with those phones.

Verizon is also planning to sell the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, but there's no availability date yet.

"Minneapolis will see a similar concentration, focused on the Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park areas of the city, with a focus on landmarks like the Minneapolis Convention Center as well as the Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium sports venues, along with the Verizon store in the Mall of America."

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"5G Mobility service in Chicago and Minneapolis, and all Verizon 5G services going forward, use the NR standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)", Verizon's press release said.

Verizon, which plans to expand to more than 30 US cities in 2019, launched its first commercial 5G service in October when its 5G Home offering went live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. You might want to wait a while before buying a 5G phone, though.

The largest US wireless carrier by subscribers will offer the device for $50 initially and its customers would not have to pay for 5G use for the first three months.

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.

Customers can pre-order the 5G Moto Mod starting March 14.