What Verizon will charge for 5G

Verizon 5G Network: Ultra Wideband, Phone Plans, and Coverage

What Verizon will charge for 5G

Verizon 5G is here, and the idea of a widespread 5th-gen mobile network is becoming less of a concept and more of a reality. It’s not all that interesting of a reality just yet, but it’s getting there.

T-Mobile was the first to launch its nationwide 5G network, but Verizon soon followed suit, and now T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon all offer large networks Sub-6 5G and enhanced by mmWave spectrum (more on these later).

But wait, what is 5G, anyway? The fifth generation of wireless networks, or 5G technology, has been nearly a decade in the making, and it’s finally becoming a reality.

Promising dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to network everything, 5G has incredible potential. A limited roll  Verizon 5G began in select cities in 2018, and 5G started appearing in cities around the U.S. in 2019.

Nationwide networks popped up in 2020, and now, in 2021, we’re expecting them to rapidly expand.

Are you a Verizon customer, or planning to be one? Here’s everything we know about Verizon’s 5G network.

Verizon 5G network coverage map

You can take a look at our 5G coverage map to see where coverage is available in the U.S. Verizon’s 5G network coverage specifically is made up of two different kinds of 5G: Sub-6 and mmWave. The basic gist of the difference is this: Sub-6 networks are slower, but can travel long distances and through obstacles, while mmWave offers extremely fast 5G speeds but can’t travel far at all.

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband Service focused on its mmWave coverage early on, and the result is that T-Mobile, which instead started with its attention to Sub-6, was the first to roll out nationwide 5G coverage. Since then, however, Verizon has followed suit, and now offers a nationwide 5G network that isn’t as big as T-Mobile’s but still is pretty large.

Now that the nationwide network has launched, you should expect it to expand, and for Verizon to continue to deploy mmWave — which it calls “UWB” — in highly populated areas.

Speeds and coverage on mmWave will vary widely depending on how many people are connected to the network and if there are any obstacles nearby, but Verizon has regularly offered 2Gbps download speeds. Verizon’s mmWave network is now available in over 50 cities, and that will grow over time.

In fact, Verizon says that it will expand its mmWave cells, from around 14,000 to 30,000, by the end of this year.

On the Sub-6 “nationwide” network, which is what you’ll be connected to 99% of the time, you’ll still get pretty fast speeds. For now, you should expect up to around 200Mbps to 300Mbps download speeds, which is plenty robust for most tasks.

Verizon 5G coverage map

Verizon 5G phone plans

Initially, Verizon charged extra for 5G service on its plans, but now it has simply rolled 5G coverage into its standard plans — and rightfully so. Now it’s one of the best 5G phone plans available.

Verizon offers a huge range of plans that take advantage of its 5G networks. The most popular Verizon 5G plans are the Unlimited plans, and there are four of them.

The first is the Start Unlimited plan, which costs $70 for one line, and ranges down to $30 per line for five lines or more.

On this plan, you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as six months of Disney+, six months of Apple Music, and six months of Discovery+. Notably missing is Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity.

In other words, with Start Unlimited, you won’t be able to connect to Verizon’s mmWave cells, but given how spotty and unreliable those are anyway, it shouldn’t matter.

Next up is Play More Unlimited, which adds the 5G Ultra Wideband network connectivity, as well as a full subscription to Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Discovery+ for 12 months.

You’ll still get Apple Music for six months, and this plan also adds unlimited use of a mobile 5G hot spot, with 15GB of 5G or 4G LTE hot spot access, after which you’ll be throttled to 3G.

Play More Unlimited costs $80 for one line, or $40 per line for five lines or more.

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Then there’s Do More Unlimited, which actually reverts to the six-month subscriptions of the Start Unlimited plan, but gives you 50% off Unlimited connected devices and 600GB of Verizon cloud storage. You’ll get the same hot spot access as Play More Unlimited. Do More Unlimited starts at $80 for one line, and ranges down to $40 per line for five lines or more.

Last but not least among the unlimited plans is Get More Unlimited, which basically offers everything.

You’ll get full Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ access, full Apple Music access, Discovery+ for 12 months, 50% off Unlimited connected devices, and 600GB of Verizon cloud storage.

You’ll also get 30GB of 5G/4G LTE hot spot access instead of 15GB. The Get More Unlimited plan costs $90 for one line, or as little as $50 per line for five lines or more.

Verizon’s Shared Data plans also connect to Verizon 5G, and start at $55 for 5GB, and range up depending on the number of lines and amount of data you want.

Verizon’s prepaid plans also offer 5G — but only if you get the Unlimited prepaid plan, which costs $75 per month.

Verizon 5G phones available

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Most of the high-end phones that Verizon offers can connect to 5G networks, and that should continue as more of the best 5G phones are released. If you’re a Verizon customer who buys a 5G smartphone that costs over $500, you should be good to go. You can take a look at our list of a few great Verizon 5G phones:

  • Apple iPhone 12 – $800 ($33.33 per month)
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro – $1,000 ($41.66 per month)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 – $800 ($33.33 per moth)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – $1,200 ($49.99 per month)
  • Google Pixel 5 – $700 ($29.16 per month)

Verizon 5G wireless internet

Verizon isn’t just offering mobile 5G access — there is also the Verizon 5G home internet service, which aims to replace traditional wired home internet by taking a 5G connection and then broadcasting it out over Wi-Fi at your home.

The service is available only in select areas, but it’s not any more expensive than most home internet providers. You can get a Verizon Home 5G plan for $50 per month, as long as you already have a Verizon Wireless plan that’s at least $30 per month. If you don’t have a Verizon Wireless plan, you’ll pay $70 per month for the Home 5G service.

At this point, Verizon’s 5G service isn’t very widely available, because it relies on mmWave coverage. And beyond that, even which way your home faces, or where you have windows, could make a difference in your speeds. You can see if you’re in an area with Verizon Home 5G at Verizon’s website.

Explore Verizon 5G home internet

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Источник: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/verizon-5g/

Verizon 5G: Everything you need to know

What Verizon will charge for 5G

Source: Android Central

Verizon 5G is growing fast as with one of the largest mmWave networks paired with a growing nationwide network using spectrum sharing. The mmWave network is called Ultra Wideband and has been around for quite a while now but the coverage was very limited.

On October 13, 2020, Verizon launched its nationwide 5G network and is looking to catch up to T-Mobile and AT&T, both of which launched nationwide 5G networks in late 2019. With coverage in most big cities, Verizon now covers more than 230 million people.

Understanding how each carrier will deploy 5G can be confusing but we've been keeping tabs on all of them. Here is everything you need to know about Verizon's newest and fastest wireless network.

Plenty of data with 5G access included

If you're ready to try out one of the fastest 5G networks, Verizon's Play More gives you plenty of data with Disney+ included.

If you have a phone that supports the newer nationwide 5G network and you live in a big city, there's a chance you're covered. This network now covers 230 million customers in 2,700 cities.

Compared to 5G coverage from all carriers it's still lacking but it is growing quickly. This network shares spectrum with Verizon's LTE network with the tower allocating spectrum as needed demand.

Check out Verizon's 5G coverage map to see if you're covered.

Source: Verizon

Verizon's DSS nationwide 5G is growing quickly but its speeds are still more in line with what you'd expect from LTE. Verizon wants to change that and has made huge investments in C-band spectrum.

What is going on with C-Band

C-Band spectrum refers to a chunk of sub-6 spectrum that will become available over the next couple of years for Verizon to expand its 5G network. This 3.7GHz spectrum will allow Verizon to add more capacity and speed to its 5G network similar to how T-Mobile has deployed the 2.5GHz spectrum it got from Sprint.

In an auction that ended on February 24, 2021, Verizon spent an eye-watering $45.4 billion on 3,511 20MHz blocks of spectrum. While it will still take until the end of the year or longer to see any benefits, this new spectrum will allow Verizon's 5G network to keep pace with its competitors even in densely populated areas.

Verizon announced on March 10, 2021 that after all of its fees, it has added an average of 161MHz of spectrum nationwide for $52.9 billion. It won between 140MHz and 200MHz in every market that was available.

Verizon expects to cover more than 100 million people with its C-Band spectrum in the next 12 months in its initial 46 markets.

Addiitonally, Verizon is expecting to use C-Band in rural areas as well with coverage for 40 million people in rural America.

Of course, you'll need a phone that supports C-Band which Verizon says is about 70% of the 5G phones currently in use. This includes the iPhone 12 series as well as the Pixel 5 and Galaxy S21 series.

Ultra Wideband is fast but coverage is low

Verizon now has 61 cities with some level of UWB 5G coverage. This also includes coverage in 48 stadiums and arenas as well as seven airports. It makes a lot of sense to deploy UWB in stadiums and airports as these areas can be very crowded and even if they have Wi-Fi, it can be tragically slow.

Even if you live in one of these cities, you can expect to be on LTE or nationwide 5G most of the time due to the relatively poor coverage capabilities of mmWave 5G networks UWB.

Its high frequency also results in poor building penetration meaning if there's a wall between you and a Verizon 5G node, you're probably going to be using LTE.

5G UWB coverage is shown on Verizon's coverage maps if you're looking to try it out. Coverage is progressing but there's still a long way to go.

Cities with UWB coverage

  • Akron, OH
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Arlington, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boise, ID
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Durham, NC
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Omaha, NE
  • Panama City, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Providence, RI
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • Sacramento, CA (stadium only)
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Spokane, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • St. Paul, MN
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tucson, AZ,
  • Washington D.C.

Ultra Wideband 5G expansion is going to be much more cumbersome than 4G deployment due to the sheer number of towers needed. Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G deployment uses mmWave, or millimeter-wave, technology. While very fast and capable of handling many devices connected, each tower covers a much smaller area than previous cell technology.

What tech is Verizon using?

Verizon has launched a 5G network with both DSS and mmWave. DSS, or dynamic spectrum sharing, shares spectrum between the older LTE network and a sub-6 5G network as needed. This will help Verizon keep up with an increasing 5G load without disabling portions of its LTE network.

Source: Verizon

Ultra Wideband or UWB is how Verizon is branding its millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This name refers to the vast amounts of spectrum Verizon has access to in the higher frequency bands of 5G. That's above 24Ghz.

To put that in perspective, a wireless router in your home uses frequencies at 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

This spectrum can carry a huge amount of data but is much weaker at building penetration, needing a nearly unobstructed line of sight with the tower.

Which devices should I get to be 5G ready?

Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

While you may be tempted to grab an unlocked 5G phone the Galaxy S20, keep in mind that most of these phones will not be able to use Verizon's 5G network. It's unclear if unlocked phones will support Verizon's nationwide 5G network so your best bet is to get done directly from Verizon.

Luckily, Verizon's power has led companies Samsung, LG, and OnePlus to make specific UW versions of phones that can access Verizon's UWB network. Still, as long as your device supports Verizon's 5G bands, you should be good to go.

If you're looking to get some work done, Verizon has a couple of hotspots that can access its network. The MiFi M2100 5G UW from Inseego supports both mmWave and sub-6 5G as well as Wi-Fi 6. With support for up to 30 connected devices, it can be a great way to get a lot of devices online in a pinch.

Which plan do I need for access?

All Verizon plans will have access to the nationwide 5G network for now extra cost. If you have a phone that supports the network, you will be able to access it without changing your plan or paying any extra. Still, opting for a 5G plan with plenty of premium data will help you get the most your 5G phone.

Currently, UWB is included with Verizon's Play More, Do More, and Get More Unlimited plans, which offer unlimited data on 5G, including unlimited hotspot usage. It also increases the streaming video resolution from 720p to 4K. If you have the Start Unlimited plan, you can add 5G for $10 per month.

Play MoreDo MoreGet More
UWB 5G dataunlimitedunlimitedunlimited
UWB 5G hotspotunlimitedunlimitedunlimited
UWB 5G video4K4K4K
Premium data50GB50GB50GB
LTE hotspot15GB15GB30GB
Talk and textunlimitedunlimitedunlimited
LTE videoUp to 720pUp to 720pUp to 720p
Mexico and Canadatalk and texttalk and texttalk and text
Apple Music6 months6 monthsincluded
Disney+, Hulu, ESPN +included6 monthsincluded

Source: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

With approximate speeds of 300Mbps, using Verizon's 5G Home service may be the replacement for wired home internet we've been waiting for. As a $50 per month service with an existing Verizon Wireless plan and $70 without, this service is very competitive with most ISPs.

The coverage issues noted above are not an issue with this usage because a powerful and precisely placed receiver converts the 5G signal into traditional home internet with a stationary router. This router provides customers with all of the normal connections expected of a router such as Ethernet connections.

Verizon 5G Home is available in the following cities.

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA (March 18, 2021)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Hartford, CT (March 25, 2021)
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Louisville, KY (March 18, 2021)
  • Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Kansas City, MO (March 25, 2021)
  • St Louis, MO
  • Charlotte, NC (March 25, 2021)
  • Omaha, NE (March 18, 2021)
  • Las Vegas, NV (March 18, 2021)
  • Cincinnati, OH (March 25, 2021)
  • Cleveland, OH (March 18, 2021)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (March 25, 2021)
  • Arlington, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX

Is 5G worth it for most people?

Source: Michael Fisher

If you have a fairly new phone with support for Verizon's full LTE Advanced network, then you probably won't get that much of a benefit from 5G just yet. Once Verizon has a sub-6 network in place and accessible, it will make a lot more sense. For many people, the jump to 5G isn't even available yet and may not be for quite some time.

As an enthusiast, I'm thrilled about the concept of 5G bringing fast connections to more people than has been possible with fiber-optic connections. Verizon being able to deliver fiber-optic levels of performance to a phone can help drive competition between ISPs as we have never seen.

Plenty of data with 5G UWB access included

If you're ready to try out one of the fastest 5G networks, Verizon's Play More gives you plenty of data with Disney+ included.

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Want Verizon or AT&T 5G? You’ll have to buy an expensive unlimited plan

What Verizon will charge for 5G
Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018.

Verizon is adding some perks to its wireless plans this week, but some things aren't changing: Verizon still restricts 5G service to its most expensive unlimited-data plans.

If you want to save money by getting a limited-data plan, you'll have to make do with 4G only—which, admittedly, is not a big problem for most people given how sparse Verizon's 5G network is.

AT&T still enforces a similar restriction, including 5G only in its unlimited-data plans while selling limited-data plans without 5G. T-Mobile is taking a different approach, saying on its website that “5G access is included in all our plans, at no additional cost.”

Verizon's announcement on Monday added features to the company's existing unlimited plans without changing the prices.

One perk played up in the announcement is the Disney Bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.

That's a little better than Verizon's current unlimited plan that includes one year of Disney+ but no Hulu and ESPN+. Verizon said the new versions of the plans will be available on Thursday this week.

Which plans include 5G?

For single-line plans, Verizon will continue to charge $70 a month for “Start Unlimited,” $80 for either “Play More Unlimited” or “Do More Unlimited,” and $90 for “Get More Unlimited.

” Those prices don't include taxes and fees and require enrolling in autopay. The per-line prices drop to $35, $45, and $55 if you buy a plan with four lines.

Here's a graphic from Verizon's announcement showing the updated list of features, with four-line prices:

The cheapest of those plans, Start Unlimited, doesn't include 5G access. Verizon will let you add 5G to Start Unlimited for an extra $10 a month, but there doesn't seem to be any good reason to do that.

You can instead upgrade to Play More Unlimited for the same $10 difference and also get the Disney bundle, 720p video streaming instead of 480p, mobile-hotspot use, and a more forgiving throttling policy.

(While Start Unlimited users can get slower speeds than other customers in congested areas regardless of how much data they've used that month, customers on the pricier plans get 50GB of high-speed data before facing potential slowdowns.)

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The announcement said that “[a]ll plans support Verizon's 5G Nationwide network coming this year.” But a Verizon spokesperson confirmed to Ars that this statement applies only to the unlimited plans, meaning that limited plans still won't have 5G access after the 5G network rolls out more widely later this year.

Verizon offers limited-data smartphone plans that cost $55 a month for 5GB of data and $65 a month for 10GB while prepaid smartphone plans start at $35 a month. Those plans don't have 5G access.

AT&T includes 5G in its unlimited plans, which have base prices ranging from $65 to $85 a month for one line. AT&T's 5G-less limited plans start at $50 a month for 3GB of 4G LTE data. We asked AT&T if it has any intention of bringing 5G to non-unlimited plans, but a company spokesperson did not answer the question.

The exclusion of 5G from cheaper plans appears to be solely a business decision, similar to how Verizon and AT&T have loaded unlimited plans with other exclusive perks to steer customers toward the pricier offerings.

But while carriers have relentlessly hyped the new generation of cellular technology, it's not yet a huge draw because of the limited availability of 5G's millimeter-wave version and the fact that lower-band 5G speeds aren't a gigantic upgrade over 4G LTE.

Verizon’s $10 5G charge mostly gone

On the plus side, Verizon has apparently given up on plans to charge all unlimited-data users an additional $10 fee each month for 5G.

Verizon does charge extra for 5G in the sense that the feature is restricted to its priciest plans.

But if Verizon hadn't mostly dropped the $10 add-on fee, its $80 plans would cost $90 with 5G access, and the $90 plan would cost $100 with 5G access.

Verizon announced the $10 add-on fee in March 2019 but suspended the charge after its initial 5G rollout disappointed reviewers with an extremely limited coverage area.

In August 2019, Verizon updated its offerings, reinstating the $10 charge on the cheapest unlimited plan and saying that 5G would be included for no extra charge on the more expensive plans for only a “limited time.

” That limited time has continued indefinitely.

Verizon claimed in March 2020 that 5G is worthy of “a different price point.” But the company's decision to continue including 5G in most of its unlimited plans isn't a surprise because “[n]o other provider in the US—including Verizon's own MVNO [reseller] partners—is charging extra for 5G,” Light Reading wrote Monday.

Источник: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/08/verizon-and-att-still-dont-allow-5g-access-in-cheaper-wireless-plans/

Compared: 5G data plans from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile

What Verizon will charge for 5G

All four models in Apple's iPhone 12 lineup are capable of connecting to 5G networks — a first for any Apple product.

It's arguably the most notable 5G smartphone launch to date, with four total iPhone 12 models that will begin shipping to customers over the next month. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro launch on Oct.

23, while the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on sale Nov. 6, and arrive on Nov. 13. 

Looking over coverage maps to see whether you live somewhere with 5G coverage is only part of the equation, with carriers doing a respectable job throughout 2020 to expand their 5G networks. Especially since the launch of the Galaxy S20 earlier this year. 

But coverage is only part of the equation: You'll also need to be on one of your wireless carriers' plans that includes 5G connectivity. 

Odds are, if you're on one of your carrier's current unlimited plans, you shouldn't have any issues using their 5G service.

However, if you're on an older plan, you'll probably need to change to one of the plans listed below.

Pricing for each plan depends on how many lines of service you have on the plan, so the prices listed below are for a single line of service. Keep in mind the price goes down as you add more lines. 

Verizon Wireless

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

Verizon Wireless is in the lead for the carrier with the most plans, and it gets confusing really fast. I'll try my best to break down the main options, but keep in mind that this is not all of the plans Verizon offers. There's another set of plans that allows you to share data between multiple lines, but they're more expensive. 

For $70 a month, you get unlimited 4G LTE and access to Verizon's 5G Nationwide network, although you'll be limited to 480p video streaming and your speeds can be throttled when the network is congested. You won't be able to use Verizon's mmWave network, which it calls 5G Ultra Wideband (5G UWB). 

$70 at Verizon

For $80 per month, you get unlimited 4G LTE with access to Verizon's 5G Nationwide and 5G UWB networks, with 50GB of premium data.

You'll get 15GB of hotspot tethering, and up to 720p video streaming when connected to 5G Nationwide and 4G LTE connections. When on 5G UWB, you'll get unlimited hotspot and 4K video streaming.

Included in the price is a subscription to Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+, along with a six-month subscription to Apple Music.

$80 at Verizon

For $80 per month, you get unlimited 4G LTE with access to Verizon's 5G Nationwide and 5G UWB networks, with 50GB of premium data.

You get unlimited 5G UWB data/mobile hotspot, and 4K video streaming. You also get 15GB of 5G Nationwide/4G LTE mobile hotspot, 720p HD streaming, a Disney+ subscription for six months, an Apple Music subscription for six months, 50% off a tablet, hotspot, or jetpack plan, and 600GB of Verizon's cloud storage. 

$80 at Verizon

For $90 per month, you get the perks of both the Do More and Play More plans. Meaning, unlimited 4G LTE with access to Verizon's 5G Nationwide and 5G UWB networks, with 50GB of premium data.

You get unlimited 5G UWB data/mobile hotspot, and 4K video streaming. You also get 30GB of 5G Nationwide/4G LTE mobile hotspot, and 720p HD streaming.

You also get an Apple Music subscription, 50% off a tablet or jetpack plan, 600GB of Verizon's cloud storage, and a subscription to Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+. 

$90 at Verizon

When you go over the premium data allotment for the 5G Nationwide/4G LTE portion of the plan, Verizon will slow down your data speeds when its network is congested. 

AT&T

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

AT&T customers who want to access the carrier's 5G network have three main plans to pick from. 

For $65 per month, users will get unlimited talk, text, and data in the US, Mexico, and Canada. You can also text to 120 countries from the US If the network is congested, you may see reduced speeds, regardless of your current data usage. This plan lacks hotspot capabilities. Videos will stream at standard definition. Automatic fraud blocking and spam risk alerts are also included. 

$65 at AT&T

For $75 per month, users will get unlimited talk, text, and data in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Fifty gigabytes of premium data is included, along with 15GB of mobile hotspot, and texting to 120 countries from the US.

Videos will stream at standard definition. Automatic fraud blocking and spam risk alerts are also included, along with safe browsing and identity monitoring as part of AT&T's Advanced Mobile Security service.

 

$75 at AT&T

For $85 per month, users will get unlimited talk, text, and data in the US, Mexico, and Canada. One-hundred gigabytes of premium data are included, along with 30GB of mobile hotspot, and texting to 120 countries from the US. Videos will stream at high definition. The entire Advanced Mobile Security service is included, including automatic fraud blocking and spam risk, along with HBO Max. 

$85 at AT&T

After a user goes over the premium data allotment, AT&T may slow down your data speeds when the network is congested. 

T-Mobile

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

T-Mobile has the simplest approach to 5G-specific plans, per its FAQ: “All T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile plans include access to 5G at no extra cost.” Meaning, if you're a T-Mobile customer, you don't need to change a thing — even if you're on an older plan. 

T-Mobile has three plans currently listed on its site.

For $60 per month, you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. You'll also get unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, with data speeds limited to 128Kbps. You'll get T-Mobile's scam-blocking protection, and unlimited 3G mobile hotspot, video streaming at 480p, and access to Simple Global text message service abroad. 

$60 at T-Mobile

For $70 per month, you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. Mobile hotspot use is limited to 3GB of 4G LTE data (after which it falls back to unlimited 3G speeds).

You'll get 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada, along with unlimited talk and text. Gogo in-flight text messaging is concluded, along with one hour of free Wi-Fi use. Videos will stream in 480p.

If you have two or more lines on the Magenta plan, it'll also include a Netflix subscription at no extra charge. 

$70 at T-Mobile

For $85 per month, you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. Mobile hotspot use is limited to 20GB of 4G LTE data (after which it falls back to unlimited 3G speeds).

You'll get 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada, along with unlimited talk and text. Gogo in-flight text messaging is concluded, along with unlimited Wi-Fi use. Videos will stream in 1080p.

If you have two or more lines on the Magenta Plus plan, it'll also include a Netflix subscription at no extra charge. 

$85 at T-Mobile

For any of the above plans, T-Mobile will slow down your connection speed after 50GB of data use each billing cycle. 

Metro by T-Mobile customers can also use the company's 5G network. Plans range from $40 per month for 10GB of data with unlimited talk and text to $60 for unlimited high-speed data, an Amazon Prime membership, 100GB of Google One storage, and 15GB of hotspot data. Metro will slow down your data speeds after 35GB of use. 

Sprint

If you're a Sprint customer, you won't have to change to a T-Mobile plan in order to access its 5G network after the merger. However, we can no longer view Sprint's cellular plans, so if you need to make any changes, you'll need to call customer care and ask what your options are. 

Источник: https://www.zdnet.com/article/compared-5g-data-plans-from-verizon-at-t-sprint-and-t-mobile/

So you got a 5G phone, but is your plan ready?

What Verizon will charge for 5G

You’re the proud owner of a new 5G phone — congratulations! We’ve got some bad news, though: if you live in the US, 5G probably isn’t going to be the mind-bogglingly fast experience that you’ve been promised.

For most regions, it’s just a little faster than the 4G speeds we’re used to using. But here’s the good news: 5G is going to get better, so if you have a 5G phone you may want to make sure your plan delivers it.

If you got a phone recently, there’s a good chance it supports 5G. Pretty much every new phone in 2021 — with the exception of some budget models — will offer some form of 5G support. Whatever your preferred brand or operating system, 5G is coming your way soon if you don’t have it already.

Your phone is ready for the next big thing, but what about your data plan? Across the board, the major US carriers’ unlimited plans already include access to 5G. However, carriers offer a mix of 5G bands that vary in speed and coverage. It’s complicated, as all things 5G have been since it first appeared in the US.

It’s complicated, as all things 5G have been since it first appeared in the US

Consider this your guide to the current state of 5G and data plans in the US — which ones include 5G, which don’t, what variety of 5G they include, and whether you should consider upgrading depending on your carrier’s implementation of 5G.

One important note for those with a 5G phone: even if you discover that your current plan does include 5G and it’s available in your area, you may still need to upgrade to a new SIM card if you moved it over from an older device.

A SIM card that was activated in a 4G device will still work with a 5G device, but you may have trouble connecting to the 5G network.

Check with your carrier if you’re not seeing the little 5G logo pop up on your screen and you think you should be.

For comparison purposes, the prices listed in this article are for one line of service per month before taxes and fees. Additional lines bring down the monthly cost per line, but your total bill increases, of course.

Verizon

TL;DR: Unless you live in one of the few areas with Verizon’s truly fast UW 5G, we don’t think there’s a reason to change your plan just yet.

Verizon offers two varieties of 5G, the faster of which it calls “Ultra Wideband” (also referred to as millimeter wave or mmWave) and is available only in certain parts of certain cities.

It’s scarce, but it is mind-bogglingly fast, and you’ll see a 5G UW logo on your phone screen if your phone is using that network.

Oh, and 5G UW signals don’t reach indoors for the most part, so if you’re spending most of your time inside your house or apartment right now, you probably wouldn’t pick it up even if you live in a place where it’s available.

Ultra Wideband is scarce but mind-bogglingly fast

Plan 5G access Plan 5G access
Unlimited (postpaid)Start Unlimited: Nationwide 5G only. All others: UW and Nationwide
Data-capped (postpaid)Nationwide only
Unlimited (prepaid)UW and Nationwide for $75/mo, Nationwide only for $65
Data-capped (prepaid)Nationwide only

All but one of Verizon’s postpaid unlimited plans includes UW 5G access. It’s also included for prepaid customers on the most expensive unlimited plan.

“Nationwide” is the company’s other 5G, a low-band variety that’s slower than mmWave but offers much broader coverage. In fact, it’s sometimes a bit slower than 4G, so if you’re not happy with the 5G speeds you’re getting, you may want to try limiting your phone to LTE and see if things improve.

Check Verizon’s coverage map to see what’s available in your area. If you do live in a city with UW 5G, be sure to zoom all the way in to see the exact areas and streets with coverage — they’re marked in a darker shade of red that will appear once you zoom in close enough.

Verizon’s Shared Data (data capped) plans and its $80-per-month basic unlimited plan include the lower-tier Nationwide 5G only. For access to UW in addition to Nationwide 5G, you’ll need at least the $90 “Play More” unlimited plan. Verizon offers $10 off those monthly prices if you enroll in auto pay.

Verizon also includes Nationwide 5G on its prepaid data plans, which start at $75 per month for unlimited data or $40 per month for a 5GB data-capped plan. The most expensive unlimited plan also includes UW 5G as of early 2021. There’s a $5 monthly discount for auto pay as well.

AT&T

TL;DR: Don’t worry about switching up your AT&T plan for 5G.

AT&T’s history with 5G is… fraught. Early on, the company marketed what was essentially LTE technology as “5G E” and (rightfully) caught a lot of flak for it.

You won’t see that term in any of the company’s marketing these days, but AT&T customers still might see a 5G E logo on their phone screen when connected to this service.

If you do see it, know that what you’re getting is not really 5G.

AT&T’s 5G really isn’t worth upgrading for yet, but if you’re on any of the company’s unlimited plans, you wouldn’t need to anyway

Plan 5G access Plan 5G access
Unlimited (postpaid)5G and 5G Plus
Data-capped (postpaid)None
Unlimited (prepaid)5G and 5G Plus (Unlimited Plus plan only)
Data-capped (prepaid)None

Most unlimited customers, prepaid or postpaid, have access to both flavors of AT&T 5G.

Outside of that debacle, AT&T has invested in its true 5G offerings, which are structured similarly to Verizon’s: a fast mmWave version called 5G Plus in limited places and slower but more widespread standard 5G coverage. However, 5G Plus may be even more scarce than Verizon’s UW 5G.

The company doesn’t provide any coverage maps for it, and it says only that it is deployed in “select innovation zones” in parts of certain cities. Testers for PCMag’s annual mobile network test didn’t encounter 5G Plus in cities where AT&T offers it.

The carrier’s standard 5G is of the low-band variety similar to Verizon’s Nationwide, and PCMag testers also found that it sometimes lagged behind 4G.

All of this is to say that AT&T’s 5G really isn’t worth upgrading your plan for yet, but if you’re on any of the company’s unlimited plans, you wouldn’t need to anyway.

Both 5G and 5G Plus are included in all postpaid unlimited plans, which start at $75 per month ($65 with auto pay). The Unlimited Plus prepaid plan also includes it at $75 per month ($60 with auto pay).

AT&T’s only postpaid 4GB data-capped plan doesn’t include 5G and neither do its other prepaid plans.

AT&T may have had a somewhat rocky start with 5G, but the technology will improve. And for now at least, the company isn’t charging a premium for its fastest 5G variant.

AT&T 5G coverage map

T-Mobile

TL;DR: All of T-Mobile’s postpaid and prepaid plans include 5G. If you’re on the base postpaid unlimited plan and live in a congested area you might find you have more reliable access to 5G by upgrading. But no need if you don’t notice slowdowns.

Of the three big carriers, T-Mobile might be in the best position to bring truly faster-than-LTE 5G to the most people — but it doesn’t seem to be there quite yet. Verizon and AT&T’s efforts have been concentrated around high and low-band offerings.

T-Mobile offers both, too, but it’s also working on converting Sprint’s former midband frequencies to 5G. This might be a sweet spot: not as fast as the mmWave stuff, but genuinely faster than 4G.

Recent analysis from PCMag shows the network isn’t delivering on that promise just yet, but T-Mobile promised to extend midband 5G to 100 million people by the end of this year and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

All of the company’s postpaid plans include 5G, starting with the $65 per month ($60 with autopay) Essentials plan. One caveat: customers on that base-level plan are the first ones subject to slowdowns when the network is congested. T-Mobile also offers 5G on its prepaid plans for both unlimited and data-capped options.

Plan 5G access Plan 5G access
Unlimited (postpaid)Yes
Data-capped (postpaid)n/a
Unlimited (prepaid)Yes
Data-capped (prepaid)Yes

All of T-Mobile’s plans include 5G.

For now, we think T-Mobile customers can stay put on their current plan. Essentials plan customers who are happy with their network speeds and don’t notice slowdowns probably wouldn’t gain much from upgrading just yet. But it will be interesting to see if T-Mobile can make good on its ambitious promises to bring meaningfully fast 5G to more of its customers in 2021.

T-Mobile 5G coverage map

US Cellular

TL;DR: All plans (pre- and postpaid) include access to 5G.

US Cellular 5G is of the low-band variety, so it’s still only a little faster than 4G. But the good news is if you’re on US Cellular, you have access to the company’s 5G: all plans (pre- and postpaid) include it.

And if you’re in a rural area, US Cellular is more ly to offer 5G to you now, while major carriers’ coverage is still mostly concentrated around bigger cities. So there’s not much to deliberate here, if you have a 5G phone and your area is covered, you should be able to connect.

We just wouldn’t advise anyone to switch to US Cellular only because it offers 5G where they live.

US Cellular coverage map

MVNOs: Cricket, Metro by T-Mobile, etc

TL;DR: If you’re happy with your MVNO plan, don’t switch things up just for 5G.

Most mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs, do include 5G on their plans. Cricket’s unlimited plan offers 5G access using AT&T’s 5G network ($60 per month for one line). All Mint Mobile plans include access to 5G on T-Mobile’s network, and Metro by T-Mobile prepaid plans come with 5G access, starting with a 10GB plan for $40 / month.

A significant caveat though: since MVNOs don’t own the networks they use, carrier subscribers are ly to get preferential treatment when there’s congestion. If you’re looking for the best of the best speeds, one of the big three might be the way to go. But again, that reality is still a ways off. Chances are, you wouldn’t be upgrading to a night-and-day experience if you did switch.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that only T-Mobile’s postpaid plans offer 5G. T-Mobile in fact offers 5G on all of its prepaid and postpaid plans. We regret the error.

Update January 27, 2021: Verizon has added a new prepaid unlimited plan that includes UW 5G access.

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