While 4G continues to get faster and faster thanks to improvements in cellular modems and the way smartphones are built, that isn’t going to stop carriers from pushing ahead with so-called 5G technology. Presumably keen to find a way to charge customers more money, carriers are keen to get 5G rollouts underway, and Verizon has announced that it has today turned on the “world’s first” 5G network.
While mobile is generally accepted to be where cellular speeds are needed, the Verizon 5G service is actually aimed at residential homes where high-speed broadband is not available. To that end, the 5G broadband internet service is now live in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.
“The world’s first commercial 5G service is here,” said Verizon Wireless President Ronan Dunne. “We’ve formed incredible partnerships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, the international technical standards bodies, public officials, developers and our own customers to drive the 5G ecosystem forward, faster than most had predicted. And now, actual customers. It’s been an incredible journey…and we’re just at the starting line.”
If you do manage to get yourself in on the ground floor, you’ll also get yourself a free Apple TV 4K and access to YouTube TV for three months. You’ll obviously need to pay for the service, though – Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan can expect to have to pay $50 per month for the service, while those who are not Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month.
If all this sounds like it ticks all of your boxes, head on over to FirstOn5G.com to find out whether your area is all set up for Verizon’s new 5G service.
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