Verizon 5G Availability, Progress and Updates

Verizon 5G Availability, Progress and Updates

A work that began back in 2010, today nearly 98% of the country is covered with Verizon’s 4G LTE network. With Verizon’s 4G LTE now fully deployed, Verizon is already taking steps to launch their next generation wireless network: 5G Ultra Wideband.

It’s no surprise that Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is faster and more powerful than their current 4G LTE network. Verizon 5G operates at a much higher frequency than current 4G LTE which means it’s capable of delivering blistering fast data speeds with lower latency, while also being able to handle more traffic during heavily congested hours or large events.

Early tests have shown the 5G gigabit network is already capable of delivering 1.13 Gbps data speeds, with peak speeds promised to hit 10Gbps once it fully matures. With our sights set on the next evolution of Verizon’s network, when can we get our first taste of Verizon 5G?

When will Verizon 5G be available?

Depending on where you live, you won’t have to wait too long before you can try out Verizon 5G for yourself. The good news is that Verizon’s 5G network has already begun rolling out to a few major cities across the US. The only downside is barely a handful of phones currently support Verizon 5G, although that number is expected to grow as the Verizon 5G rollout schedule continues to expand in the coming months.

Which Verizon phones have 5G?

In order to take advantage of Verizon 5G, you’ll need first need a phone that’s compatible with their next gen network. If you’re looking for a list of current Verizon 5G enabled phones, Swappa is here to help. It’s not the longest list at the moment, but we’ll continue to update it as new devices are released.

Verizon 5G coverage map 2019

Verizon’s 5G coverage map is now available, but it’s not the typical wireless coverage map you might be used to. This has to do with the nature of 5G and the fact that, in this early stage, it can’t actually penetrate buildings. That means 5G coverage is mostly limited to streets and sidewalks in the cities where it’s been deployed.

Verizon has provided a list of cities where 5G is currently available (in limited capacity) and we’ll be updating this list periodically as Verizon continues their 5G rollout. So for now — here are the current cities where you can find Verizon 5G:

Verizon 5G cities (updated 12/26/19)

Verizon 5G is also available in the following outdoor / indoor sports arenas:

  • Broncos Stadium at Mile High (Denver, CO)
  • CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
  • Chase Center (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
  • Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA)
  • Hard Rock Stadium (Miami, FL)
  • Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
  • MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
  • NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)
  • Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
  • Talking Stick Resort Area (Phoenix, AZ)
  • U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN)

Verizon says they’ll be bringing 5G to over 30 cities through 2019 (update: they actually hit 31 cities before year’s end), but this is only the beginning. Expect an even more aggressive rollout as we head into 2020. If you’re in the market for an unlocked phone compatible with Verizon’s network, hit the button below to start shopping.