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:
- 5G Goes Mainstream: Apple's iPhone 12 Debuts Posted on: October 14, 2020
- Verizon Rolls Out "5G Nationwide" To Support iPhone 12 Launch Posted on: October 14, 2020
- First AT&T 5G Mobile Hotspot Available for Consumers - Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro Posted on: September 16, 2020
- 5G Cellular: Verizon & Dish Are Big Winners In CBRS Spectrum Auction, C-Band Auction Looms Posted on: September 14, 2020
- Verizon Launches 2nd Generation 5G Mobile Hotspot – Inseego MiFi M2100 5G UW Posted on: September 9, 2020
- Lower Latencies, More Coverage: T-Mobile Unleashes "Standalone" 5G Posted on: August 7, 2020
- 3G Shutdown Update: Carriers Sunsetting 3G to Make Room for 5G Posted on: July 30, 2020
- AT&T Officially Claims "Nationwide" 5G Coverage - But Don't Get Too Excited Posted on: July 23, 2020
- T-Mobile Completes Shutdown of Sprint's 5G Network Posted on: July 6, 2020
- 5G Industry Update: Verizon's 5G Laptop, AT&T Unleashes DSS, T-Mobile Serves Cake, And More! Posted on: June 29, 2020