Verizon Launches The World’s First Commercial 5G Service On October 1


And the results are uninspiring, to say the least.

Anyone who signs up online will get the first three months of service for free. Verizon said it is expected to be the first to offer 5G mobile service.

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Engadget has the details on Verizon's plans. The company even showed off a prototype device previous year along those lines. It will empower customers with even faster data connections, ... To entice customers to sign up, the company is offering free installation, three months of complimentary service, a free Chromecast or Apple TV 4K - as was announced August 15 - and three months of free YouTube TV. It's unclear if those are just download speeds or both up and down.

Which begs the question: If 5G is so great, why are Verizon's 5G speeds so similar to those already available from the likes of Common Networks and Starry? Moreover, the "First on 5G" members will also receive an exclusive preview of the 5G mobile devices as soon as they are released in the market. The revolutionary 5G internet service will be available in certain parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento at the initial stage.

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With all of that in mind, this is still a major announcement.

Verizon Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg is expected to give investors more details about the company's 5G plans during a presentation Thursday at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in NY.

Verizon is planning to open new 5G Labs in the wake of its launch previous year of one in New York City.

We'll see if the wait for 5G puts a damper on new mobile phone sales in the short term, although wireless service providers and other phone sellers are not likely to suggest waiting. So how exactly is this leading position paying off, considering it's apparently going to require another truck roll? We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home. Verizon has been additionally improving its LTE networks, in October adding Big A pair of-Enter A pair of-Output (Big MIMO) technology all the draw in which by its wireless network in Irvine, California, rising network skill and speeds for customers in partnership with Ericsson. There is no extra cost for the hardware.