Verizon on Wednesday announced that it has been turned on its 5G wireless network in two markets, including Chicago and Minneapolis, which will work with the next generation of connected gadgets. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC the company will activate 30 additional markets this year.
Only a select number of phones will support the network at first. Samsung will launch a Galaxy S10 5G model later this quarter that will be exclusive to Verizon to start. -Mobile an d Sprint begins to sell at the end of the second half of the year. That leaves the Motorola Z3 as the only phone that supports Verizon's new 5G network right now, and it requires a separate accessory to work on it.
T-Mobile and Sprint are planning to roll out 5G later this year but neither of the companies, which are still in the midst of a merger, have activated 5G yet. for its 5G coverage, is available in 12 markets. The company says it will increase that coverage throughout the year. AT&T has been marketing its new network by switching on a new indicator on phones that says "5GE," but this does not actually add 5G service to the devices, which still operate at 4G speeds.