Verizon 5G launches in St. Paul along with $650 mobile hotspot


We conducted a speed test of Verizon’s 5G network in Chicago. 

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Verizon continued the rollout of its 5G network with the addition of St. Paul, Minnesota, the company said in a press release Thursday. This is the carrier’s fifth city with the higher-speed service, following Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Providence, Rhode Island. 

Not all areas of St. Paul will be able to access Verizon’s 5G network. Parts of downtown, Lowertown and West Seventh neighborhoods can access the faster service, according to the carrier. 

Verizon 5G MiFi M1000 Hotspot

Verizon’s first 5G mobile hotspot, the 5G MiFi M1000


Speed tests of Verizon’s 5G network in Chicago showed downloads breaking 1 gigabits per second. While the carrier’s speeds were faster than its rival Sprint, which also launched its 5G in the Windy City, Verizon’s didn’t have as much wide coverage as its competitor. 

Thursday also saw the release of Verizon’s first 5G mobile hotspot, the MiFi M1000. The device uses both 5G and 4G LTE networks and retails for $650, or $27.08 a month for 24 months. 

Verizon plans to have its new network up in 30 cities by the end of 2019. 

Originally published July 18, 7:08 a.m. PT.
Correction, 10:22 a.m. PT: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of cities planned for Verizon’s 5G rollout. It’s 30 cities by the end of 2019.

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