Verizon 5G: When & Where You Can Get It

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

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Verizon was the first and currently only carrier to roll out 5G in the United States. The current 5G plan you can sign up for, called Verizon 5G Home, is for fixed wireless access (FWA). Unlike mobile 5G which works anywhere, FWA is only usable from one location, like your home or business.

Given that 5G is still in its early stages, 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 roll out 5G broadband to a number of addition cities throughout 2019. They're also expected to launch mobile 5G in 2019 in many locations across the US.

Verizon 5G Cities

The current list of cities where Verizon 5G works is very short, and even within these cities, 5G 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 in 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.

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 Price

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

Verizon 5G Plan Details

Regardless of how much you pay for 5G Home, here are some of the perks you’ll receive upon sign up:

  • 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 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.

How to Sign Up for a Verizon 5G Plan

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 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 soon. 

The next Verizon 5G rollout will most likely take place in Panama City, FL. Verizon might also release 5G soon in other areas where they’ve previously tested the service, like Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Bernardsville, Brockton, Denver, and Washington, DC.

Verizon’s Mobile 5G Service

A mobile 5G service isn’t currently supported by Verizon, but one is expected in early 2019. The company began installing 5G equipment in late 2018 to prepare for their 2019 5G launch.

When Verizon rolls out 5G to its mobile customers, 5G phones will be able to access not only data but also voice and text on their 5G network. 

Since there aren’t any mobile 5G services available just yet, Verizon 5G phones are next to useless. However, the Moto Z3 is one example of a Verizon phone that, when paired with its 5G Moto mod adapter (which will be released in early 2019), becomes a 5G phone that can be used on their 5G mobile network once it’s live.

Samsung is also partnering with Verizon to bring a 5G smartphone to consumers in early 2019.

In early December, 2018, Verizon announced another 5G device that will launch in 2019: a 5G hotspot developed by Inseego that uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor.

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

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