In some parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, the answer is yes. Here’s where 5G service and phones will pop up next.
By Bree Fowler, April 4, 2019 | Original Consumer Reports article here.
The age of 5G network service is finally here. On Wednesday, Verizon officially turned on 5G service in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. Motorola has also started selling a $200 attachment that makes its Motorola Z3 phone 5G-compatible.
That means — for the first time — a small number of American consumers now have access to 5G connectivity and a phone that supports it. All four of the major telecommunications carriers say they’ll have 5G networks up and running by this summer, but only in select parts of a few big cities. A handful of smartphone makers, big and small, plan to offer compatible 5G phones around the same time.
According to telecommunications experts, 5G speeds are five times faster than those of 4G connections at peak performance and will eventually allow users to download a movie in just 5 seconds. Motorola’s launch technically beats out devices from Samsung and LG. That’s largely because the company has chosen to create an attachment, which plugs into the Motorola Z3 released last summer, to make it 5G-compatible rather than build a new phone from scratch.
Verizon will offer Samsung’s first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, this spring. The phone will reach the other carriers later in the summer.
LG’s first 5G phone, the V50 ThinQ, is expected to launch on Sprint’s network in the first half of this year.