What you need to know
- Verizon’s ultra-wideband millimeter wave 5G has covered 100 million people in 1,700 cities, and the C-band will be launched later in January.
- Verizon updated its unlimited plan to provide more premium data and hotspot data, but now includes ultra-wideband data.
- Verizon 5G Home Internet has also updated two unlimited plans to provide new benefits when you register.
Verizon announced some new features for its customers to celebrate its milestone of reaching 100 million people with 5G ultra-wideband coverage. Unlike its nationwide 5G network, UWB uses millimeter wave technology to provide gigabit speeds for devices, although it requires more towers to complete. Verizon will further expand its coverage, and C-band 5G will join its ultra-wideband coverage later in January.
Verizon hosted a live broadcast called 5G Ultra Show, demonstrating the possibility of an ultra-high-speed 5G network hosted by Elizabeth Banks.
Verizon now provides ultra-wideband 5G coverage for 100 million people in more than 1,700 cities across the country. Although the coverage of this network is still sparser than rival T-Mobile’s IF network, Verizon will make up for this shortfall by deploying its own IF network on its C-band spectrum.
The carrier’s unlimited plan has also been updated to make it even more valuable. Verizon now offers four major plans starting with 5G Start. Just like the Start Unlimited plan that it replaced, 5G Start can access the nationwide 5G network and unlimited data, although it does not have any hotspot data, nor does it have advanced data.
The most important plan updates come from the 5G Play More, 5G Do More and 5G Get More plans. The 5G Play More and 5G Do More plans still have 50GB of premium data; however, the hotspot data for each plan has been increased to 25GB. The 5G Play More plan comes with a series of streaming benefits, including Hulu, Disney, ESPN+, and the choice of Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass. You can also get six months of Apple Music for free.
The 5G Do More plan replaces streaming benefits with up to 50% discount on hotspot plans, one TravelPass day per month, and 600GB of Verizon Cloud storage.
Finally, 5G Get More upgrades high-quality data to truly unlimited, and upgrades hotspot data to 50GB. It comes with two additional functions of the smaller plan, and all streaming functions are intact. This makes 5G Get More ahead of T-Mobile’s Magenta Max plan in hotspot data, which is one of the best mobile phone plans for 5G.
One change to remember is that UWB hotspot usage is included in your mobile hotspot data. If you use all hotspot data, the speed on UWB will be limited to 3Mbps.
The 5G Start plan starts at US$70 per month per line, and both Play More and Do More start at US$80 per month. A single line of 5G Get More plans starts at $90 per month. All of these plans can receive a multi-line discount of up to five lines, a paperless bill with a price tag of $10, and an AutoPay discount. With these three more costly plans, you can also get a 50% discount on Verizon 5G home internet.
Verizon 5G Home Internet has also received updates to two plans. Smaller 5G family plans charge $50 a month and include Wi-Fi 6 routers. The plan also comes with Verizon Stream TV equipment, Google Nest Mini, six months of Disney+ and AMC+, and one month of free service. Home Plus costs $70 a month and comes with all the above features. Disney+ and AMC+ subscriptions are upgraded to 12 months and upgraded to Google Nest Hub Max. Both plans have a $10 paperless bill and automatic payment discount.
When you sign up for 5G home internet, you will also get a two-year price guarantee for 5G Home and a three-year price guarantee for 5G Home Plus.