Visitors stand near a 5G logo at a display the PT Expo in Beijing.

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Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

March 13, 2019 - 1:22 pm

(Associated Press) — A handful of Verizon customers will soon have faster wireless service — but they'll have to pay $10 a month more.

Verizon says it'll flip the switch next month on a much-hyped, next-generation "5G" phone network. Service will start in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis.

The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which currently start at $75 for one person without 5G. It requires Motorola's Moto Z3 phone with a special 5G attachment.

Other 5G-enabled phones, including one from Samsung, will come this year. Verizon would not say how 5G pricing would work with those phones.

T-Mobile has said its 5G plans won't be more expensive if its proposed takeover of Sprint goes through. Sprint hasn't announced 5G prices. AT&T did not immediately respond to questions.

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