Verizon came out with more details on its mobile 5G service for the Above and Beyond Unlimited plans (different than the 5G home internet service), tied to the pending release of the Samsung S10 5G smartphone and the news is very promising.
Mobile 5G service will include:
- unlimited high-speed 5G data
- unlimited 5G mobile hotspot/tethering
- unlimited 4K streaming over the 5G network.
5G data is download-only - all upstream data (sent from your device to the network) when connected to 5G will be over Verizon's 4G LTE network, but Verizon promises that data will not count toward any 4G LTE data usage.
When Verizon first launched its 5G service, we had a lot of questions about plan restrictions, but these new details show there are currently no data restrictions on mobile 5G plans, even including network management.
Additionally, 5G service is only $10/month extra on top of Verizon's eligible 4G unlimited plans, but even that access fee is currently being waived in a new limited promotion.
This is one of the few "unlimited" plans worthy of the name - so what are the downsides? Well, there are a few:
- Limited 5G availability - service is currently only in small parts of two cities (Chicago and Minneapolis) with service in 20 more cities promised by the end of the year. In short, the 5G coverage map will be very small through at least the end of 2019 and well into 2020.
- To get mobile 5G service requires purchasing a new 5G phone and there are only two options:
- The 5G Moto Mod, which is an add-on device for the Motorola Moto z3 smartphone.
- The Samsung S10 5G, which is available on May 16th, 2019 but is available for preorder now.
- Limited Companion Plan Selection - 5G is currently only available as an add-on to a Beyond or Above Unlimited smartphone plan. At this time, there is no word if Verizon will have a 5G option for legacy plans.
So for the vast majority of potential customers, the 5G plan is not a useful option right now and is certainly not a good choice for nomads. Verizon is trying to grow its 5G presence and compete in terms of bragging rights with the other carriers and offering cheap (or free), unlimited 5g data to early adopters is one way to do that.
We don't know what will happen with Verizon's 5G plans when 5G becomes more mainstream and begins to command real market power - Verizon may scale back the meaning of "unlimited" and increase prices, but that is still a long ways off.
For a lot more about upcoming 5G technologies, see our in-depth guide:
And all our recent 5G posts:
- Netgear Announces 5G Flagship - Nighthawk M5 Mobile Hotspot (MR5200) Posted on: January 10, 2020
- A Decade Connected: A Look Back At The Evolution Of Mobile Internet for RVers and Cruisers Posted on: December 20, 2019
- T-Mobile's 5G Network Launches With Initial Range & Speed Limitations Posted on: December 6, 2019
- 5G Rollout Update: AT&T's Confusing Consumer 5G Coming in December, Verizon At Last Publishes 5G Maps Posted on: November 25, 2019
- T-Mobile Unveils 5G Coverage Map, Sprint Merger Status Update Posted on: November 8, 2019
- T-Mobile Promises Nationwide 5G - By The End of 2019?!? Posted on: October 25, 2019
- Verizon Launches Its First 5G Mobile Hotspot - The Inseego 5G MiFi M1000 Posted on: July 18, 2019
- T-Mobile Launching Limited 5G Service for "Early Adopters" in Six Cities Posted on: June 26, 2019
- Sprint Rolls Out 5G in Four Cities - Leaps Ahead of AT&T and Verizon in Coverage, Debuts HTC 5G Hub Posted on: May 31, 2019
- T-Mobile / Sprint Merger Back On Track With FCC Greenlight Posted on: May 20, 2019