Verizon 5G: When & Where You Can Get It

5G cities, speed, rollout plans, pricing, and more

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Verizon was the first carrier to roll out 5G in the United States. The 5G plan, called Verizon 5G Home, is fixed wireless access (FWA) service for 5G at home only.

The other 5G offering from Verizon, which launched on April 3, 2019, is for mobile devices, meaning that 5G service works wherever there's 5G tower coverage.

Given that 5G is still in its early stages, FWA coverage isn’t nearly as widespread as 4G. In fact, only a small handful of US cities have access to Verizon’s 5G broadband service.

However, Verizon has made it clear that it plans to not only expand coverage of 5G Home throughout the second half of 2019 but also roll out mobile 5G in at least 30 US cities this year.

Verizon 5G Home Cities

The current list of cities where Verizon 5G Home works is very short, and even within these cities, coverage is limited to particular neighborhoods:

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA

Sacramento 5G Coverage

If you're in Sacramento, the city's official website has a Planned Deployment Areas coverage map you can use to see where 5G is available. It includes the following neighborhoods, with more to come throughout 2019:

  • Westlake
  • Sundance Lake
  • North Natomas
  • South Natomas
  • Mansion Flats
  • Downtown/Midtown
  • North Oak Park
  • Central Oak Park
  • Pocket
  • Valley Hi/North Laguna
  • Colonial Village

Verizon also plans to deliver free Wi-Fi to 27 parks in Sacramento, and has already installed intelligent traffic technology at over a dozen intersections.

Houston 5G Coverage

There are five communities in Houston where Verizon's 5G internet currently works:

  • Acres Homes
  • Near Northside
  • Gulfton
  • Second Ward
  • Third Ward

Indianapolis and Los Angeles 5G Coverage

Verizon 5G coverage maps don't yet exist for Indianapolis or Los Angeles, so it's unclear where, exactly, the service works. However, you can enter your address on the 5G Home website to check yourself.

Verizon 5G Home Plan Details

What you pay for Verizon’s 5G Home plan depends on whether or not you already have a Verizon Wireless account with a smartphone data plan.

  • $50 /month if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer
  • $70 /month if you’re signing up with Verizon for the first time

Regardless of how much you pay for 5G Home, these are a few of the perks you’ll receive upon signup:

  • Free service for the first three months
  • Free hardware to connect to the 5G network
  • Free installation of the hardware and free activation for your new 5G plan
  • Free hardware upgrades for the first year
  • Free YouTube TV subscription for the first three months
  • Free Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K
  • Free Wi-Fi extenders if needed

The above perks are relevant for early adopters in the cities mentioned above but they might not be features future Verizon 5G users can expect.

Here are some other features you get when you sign up for Verizon's at-home 5G service:

  • Unlimited data usage (no data caps)
  • No bandwidth throttling
  • 5G speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • No long-term contracts

According to this video from Verizon, one speed test shows a customer receiving a download speed of over 800 Mbps, over 400 Mbps for upload, and an 11 ms latency. These are results at, or better, than some of the fastest cable internet plans available anywhere, and Verizon even plans to double these speeds.

Verizon's at-home 5G offering is based on the 5G TF (Verizon's 5G Technical Forum) standard, but future implementations, including mobile 5G services, will use the 5G NR (3GPP 5G New Radio) standard.

How to Sign Up for Verizon 5G Home

You can buy Verizon 5G Home through the 5G Home website. Click Check availability and then enter your address to confirm that you can receive service at that location. 

Part of the sign up process includes scheduling a date and time for Verizon to come out to your house to make sure you’ll actually get 5G coverage where you are. If your coverage can be confirmed, they’ll install the necessary hardware and get you connected to their network.

During installation, you’ll get either an indoor or outdoor Samsung-provided 5G receiver, depending on how strong the signal is. Verizon provides free Wi-Fi extenders to push the signal throughout your home if it’s too weak.

It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours to install Verizon's 5G home internet service. See Verizon Home 5G Installation FAQs if you have more questions about installation in your home.

If Verizon 5G Home is available in your area but not at your specific address, it might be because there isn’t a direct line of sight between your house and Verizon’s closest 5G cell. Once a Verizon coverage map specific for their 5G service is released, you’ll have a better idea of where it’s supported.

To be notified by email or phone when Verizon 5G Home is available in your area, visit the 5G Home site to enter your address and contact details.

Where Verizon 5G Home Is Coming Next

If Verizon's 5G home internet isn’t available where you live, you might be one of the lucky ones who live in an area where it will launch next. 

The next Verizon 5G rollout will most likely take place in North Syracuse NY or Panama City FL. Verizon might also release 5G in other areas where they’ve previously tested the service, like Ann Arbor, Miami, Seattle, Bernardsville, and Brockton.

However, since Verizon doesn't plan on having standards-based 5G Home hardware available until the second half of 2019, expansion of their 5G service is on pause until then.

Verizon’s Mobile 5G Service

Mobile 5G from Verizon is available in parts of Chicago IL and Minneapolis MN. Initially, Verizon's 5G service was going to go live on April 11 with other areas getting 5G service in the first half of this year, but the company opened 5G services early on April 3.

Chicago 5G Coverage

  • The Loop1
  • Magnificent Mile2
  • The Gold Coast
  • River North
  • Old Town

Minneapolis 5G Coverage

  • Downtown West3
  • Downtown East3
  • Elliot Park
  • Mall of America4

Other cities that will have access to Verizon's mobile 5G network in 2019 include 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's 5G service is available via the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the moto z3 phone, but the latter works only with the 5G moto mod. The service runs an extra $10 /month but is currently being waived for a limited time.

5G from Verizon is available on Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans.

According to Verizon, the 5G service that works with the 5G moto mod is truly unlimited, meaning that speeds won't be reduced during times of congestion. This is unlike the company's other unlimited plans where after 75 GB of usage, for example, data throttling goes into effect.

1) Specifically, the West Loop and South Loop, near landmarks like Willis Tower, Union Station, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and The Chicago Theater.

2) 5G coverage in Magnificent Mile is concentrated around the Verizon store.

3) Service is concentrated near landmarks like the Minneapolis Central Library, the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Mill City Museum, Target Center, First Avenue venues, The Commons, and U.S. Bank Stadium.

4) Mall of America 5G access is available in the Verizon store.

Verizon's 5G Phones

Verizon's mobile 5G network is currently accessible only with the 5G moto mod adapter, paired with the moto z3, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

Throughout 2019, Verizon will release another 5G smartphone, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and the Inseego 5G hotspot.

Verizon 5G: Looking Forward

The high speeds and low latency of 5G service is poised to dramatically change a number of industries and potentially create some brand new ones. Verizon is investing in a number of areas where this new technology might have an outsized impact.

In November, 2018, Verizon used their 5G technology to deliver a virtual reality experience to fans during a Sacramento Kings and LA Lakers basketball game.

Verizon had a 5G First Responders Lab built to test how 5G can improve public safety. They plan to enable 15 "emerging technologies with the power of 5G" in 2019.

The Verizon 5G Robotics Challenge aimed to have participants find ways 5G will influence the robotics industry. The lab was available to universities and startups in the Boston, MA, area. The application period ended December 9, 2018, with a demo day set to take place in April, 2019. Winners will share $300,000 in grant funding.

According to this Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting document, the company will also offer a 5G FWA service called 5G Office, an offshoot of 5G Home that's targeted at small businesses. Verizon is testing pricing options for 5G Office but there aren't any other details available right now.

Verizon's FWA 5G offering is based on the 5G TF (Verizon's 5G Technical Forum) standard, but the mobile 5G network and any future implementations of FWA, will be on 5G NR (3GPP 5G New Radio).