Verizon said it would use 5G in more than 30 cities in 2019. Today, 20 cities are named, in addition to Chicago and Minneapolis, where the service has already been activated. It also opens pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset with some incentives.
The new cities will extend east to west and north to south and will receive Verizons 5G Ultra millimeter broadband service before the end of the year. The 20 cities are:
Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Washington DC.
Verizon also opens pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 5G today. It offers up to $ 450 for authorized phone trade-ins and a prepaid MasterCard for over $ 200 if you change 1) to Verizon, 2) purchase a Galaxy S10 5G with a device payment plan, and 3) yourself sign up for Verizon Unlimited. The company says it will also wave the 5G Ultra Wideband access fee of $ 10 / month. The phone is available from just $ 1,999.99 and can be purchased at Verizon stores on May 16th.
Our experience with the Verizon 5-millimeter Wave 5G service in Chicago was less than outstanding. We found it incredibly fast but difficult to find a signal. Now, business leaders explained why this was not possible and offered little hope to US residents living in rural areas.
"The millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but is not far away from cell location and does not penetrate materials at all," T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said Monday. "It will never scale beyond the small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments."
"We must all remember that this is not a coverage spectrum," said Verizon boss Hans Vestberg a day later.
In other words words: early adopters, beware.