20 U.S. cities will become new homes to Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband service. And Phoenix is one of those cities on the fast track for the latest in high-speed cellphone service.
Verizon announced Thursday that Phoenix was among several U.S. cities selected to receive its 5G Ultra-Wideband mobility service by the end of the year.
Those cities include Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Phoenix; Providence, R.I.; San Diego; Salt Lake City; and Washington, D.C. No specific dates were given for when the service would go live in those cities.
“Verizon’s 5G launch will strengthen Arizona’s wireless infrastructure and help keep Arizona at the forefront of technological innovation,” Gov. Doug Ducey, who in 2017 signed legislation to streamline the deployment of 5G, said in a press release.
To take advantage of the new network, customers will need to purchase a 5G-compatible cellphone.
Verizon also announced the start of preorders for Samsung’s first 5G device, the Galaxy S10 5G, with prices starting at $1,299.99 or 24 monthly payments of $54.16. The Galaxy S10 5G will be in stores May 16.
Verizon is offering new and existing customers up to $450 for trading in an eligible smartphone as well as other incentives to switch to 5G.
Chicago and Minneapolis are the only two cities that already have the service. Verizon said it would announce another 10 cities by the end of the year.
In addition, Verizon recently announced that it will roll out its 5G Home broadband Internet service in some of locales, although it did not specify which ones.
5G networks are slowly starting to take hold in communities across the country as the next evolution in high-speed Internet technology. Obstacles have surfaced in the form of infrastructure challenges.
More information about Verizon’s 5G technology is available here.