Verizon announced that it will launch its 5G Ultra Wideband Network in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11.
To coincide with this launch, Verizon is offering the new 5G moto mod, which is exclusive to Verizon. Beginning March 14, customers anywhere in the U.S. can pre-order the 5G moto mod. When paired with the moto z3, the 5G moto mod creates the world’s first 5G-enabled smartphone.
Select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to experience Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service, and the company has plans to rapidly expand the coverage area. Last month, Verizon announced that it intends to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network in more than 30 U.S. cities in 2019.
Verizon launched its first commercial 5G Ultra Wideband network in October 2018 with the roll out of 5G Home broadband internet service in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Indianapolis. Verizon 5G Home service in those markets relies on an early version of the 5G standard developed by the 5G Technology Forum (TF). Verizon's 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).