Verizon launching 5G in October

Verizon launching 5G in October

You've likely heard the term a lot recently, but what is 5G?

Initial availability will be limited to "certain neighborhoods" in the four launch cities. While the service won't be utilizing the mobile 5G standard, Verizon will use mmWave technology which would preferably use spectrum between 30 and 300 GHz and won't be harmful to humans.

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.

Verizon also announced Tuesday ti will start testing of its 5G service in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Palo Alto, California, and Waltham, Massachusetts with plans of expanding the service in those markets at a later date. The service will be $50 per month for current Verizon wireless customers, and $70 for those who are not. Service speeds "should" fall around 300Mbps and may range up to 1Gbps, though that depends on the subscriber's location; there's no data caps. While Verizon's 5G Home service technically isn't true 5G, it will help the company as it continues to build out a faster wireless network.

It will be available only in four cities to begin with. Those prices include taxes and fees, and the service does not require an annual contract.

Verizon's home broadband is not 5G in the strict sense of the word.

Verizon 5G Home customers will get YouTube TV free for the first three months ($40/month after that), and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device at installation. Along with its in-house 5G Technology Forum and 5G Labs, Verizon collaborated with global regulatory bodies, network equipment, and the device makers to advance in 5G technology. However, AT&T and others worked to push the initial 5G standard through the 3GPP earlier than expected, and as a result the standards group finished the hardware portion of the standard late a year ago.

First adopters will be able to receive fixed broadband internet service for three months at no charge.

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