Motorola's 5G Moto Mod for Moto z3 Now Available on Verizon

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That will change soon with the Moto Z3 and its 5G Moto Mod. Live in a different city? Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and there are none at this point.

Motorola is timing the April 11 release date with the launch of Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities: Chicago and Minneapolis.

There is some fine print to be aware of.

In Chicago, you'll have access to Verizon's 5G in The Loop, Magnificent Mile (around the Verizon store there), The Gold Coast, River North and Old Town at the outset.

To start the Moto Z3 with a 5G Moto Mod attached is the only device that can connect to Verizon's 5G network. As announced past year, the Moto Mod is essentially a detachable 5G antenna for the Moto Z3.

Motorola and Verizon have begun taking pre-orders for the 5G Moto Mod, the addon-accessory for the Moto z3 smartphone introduced previous year. After the pre-order period, it'll return back to its regular $350 sticker price, which is a bit pricey if you ask us.

Wireless providers are rushing to be the first to roll out 5G technology. Verizon would not say how 5G pricing would work with those phones. Samsung will eventually launch Galaxy S10 5G as a timed Verizon exclusive, but that won't be arriving until sometime this summer. If the merger is blocked, Verizon will have less competition dominating the 5G market in the U.S. AT&T is also upgrading its networks to 5G. Though 5G will be a hot topic this year, there's a lot we don't know yet.

It's in everyone's best interest to wait until all 5G networks are live from the major USA carriers so that we can get a better picture of which cities will get it this year and how much it'll cost. Meanwhile, customers with a Moto z3 and any Verizon unlimited plan can get the product for $50 if they sign up for the 5G service at $10 per month (with the first three months free) on top of their current plans, that now cost from $85 to $105 for 24 months.

5G will start rolling out this year, but it isn't something anyone should seriously consider until 2020.



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