Verizon 5G home service
Verizon announced it has launched 5G service using 28 and 39 GHz spectrum in selected neighbourhoods of four cities (Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento) in the USA on October 1st, 2018. Verizon 5G home service is a 5G fixed wireless access service delivering average speeds of 300 Mbps and peak speeds up to 1 Gbps with unlimited data usage, no data cap and no annual contract.
The 5G home plan is a data-only plan, which is subscribed separately from other Verizon plans. The service is free of charge for the first three months. After the promotion time, it will cost 50 USD per month for current Verizon subscribers and 70 USD per month for non-Verizon subscribers.
Equipment, installation and activation are free. A YouTube TV subscription is also given free of charge for the first three months and charged 40 USD/month later. Verizon is also offering a free Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K device.
Verizon was quick to move to 5G. But the 5G Verizon Home service remains a fixed home service and not a true mobile service. Moreover, it is using a non-standardised technology: Verizon began testing 5G before the standard was approved. Mobile 5G is scheduled at Verizon for early 2019. 5G Home plan customers will get priority to get a mobile device.