Verizon wants you to pay $650 plus $85 a month for a 5G hotspot

Verizon wants you to pay $650 plus $85 a month for a 5G hotspot

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon)

Verizon’s 5G mobile service is available in just a handful of cities, but the carrier is charging premium prices to the few people who live in range of the network.

Verizon yesterday announced its first 5G hotspot, namely the Inseego MiFi M1000 that Verizon is selling for $650. On top of the device cost, the monthly fees for 5G service will be higher than 4G even though Verizon’s 5G network barely exists.

Verizon said hotspot-only plans “start at $85 a month (plus taxes and fees).” Verizon describes the $85-per-month hotspot plan as “unlimited” when you go through the online checkout process. But the fine print states that customers get 50GB of high-speed 5G data, and 5G speeds are reduced to 3Mbps after that. The plan treats 5G and 4G data separately;

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Verizon Turns on 5G in St. Paul, Launches MiFi M1000 Hotspot

Verizon Turns on 5G in St. Paul, Launches MiFi M1000 Hotspot


Verizon added another 5G city and 5G device today to its growing list.

St. Paul, Minnesota joins Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, and Providence as 5G Verizon cities. Like the other four, St. Paul’s 5G is available in limited areas including Downtown, Lowertown, and West Seventh. More specifically Verizon describe the coverage as being in “parts of Downtown, Lowertown and West Seventh neighborhoods around such landmarks as the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Fitzgerald Theater, Cathedral Hill Park and the Alexander Ramsey House.”

The 5G in St. Paul is the same 5G Ultra Wideband (mmW) that those other cities have. As we have explained countless times at this point, it’s very much like hotspot 5G in that it can produce Gigabit speeds, but you’ll need to be close to a tower, hopefully in direct line of sight, and not sitting behind a wall or door.… Read the rest

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