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I tried Verizon 5G and, yeah, it’s fast

I’d heard about 5G. But I didn’t know just how fast it would be until I was watching myself miss free throws in real time.

On Monday, Verizon opened the doors to its 5G Experience pop-up shop in downtown Los Angeles. In the space, visitors tested out Verizon’s 5G Home network. 

Internet service providers say 5G will be hundreds of times faster than 4G, and at least four and a half times faster than wireless broadband. Last year, average download speeds for broadband were around 65 MbpsVerizon promises its “5G Ultra Wideband” — despite sounding like a pair of maternity pants — will deliver speeds between 300 Mbps and up to 1 GB per second. Read more…

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Samsung, Verizon will release 5G smartphone in early 2019

The race to 5G is ramping up.

Samsung and Verizon announced on Monday that the two companies are partnering to bring one of the first 5G smartphones to the market. While no specific release date was mentioned, the two companies are saying its 5G phone will hit stores in the first half of 2019.

A concept device of the new 5G phone from Samsung and Verizon will be unveiled later this week at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Mobile Platform, including its new mobile processor, will power the smartphone.

Earlier this summer, Motorola was first to announce a 5G-compatible phone on Verizon’s 5G network. The Moto Z3, which is currently available for purchase, will be upgradable via an attachable add-on that will be released in early 2019. Read more…

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The OnePlus 6T is coming to T-Mobile stores, but it also supports Verizon

The OnePlus 6T is finally here and not only is it glorious — the screen’s larger with a smaller notch and there’s a fingerprint sensor underneath the display — but it comes with two arguably more important milestones (for Americans at least): You can buy the 6T from T-Mobile and the phone works on Verizon.

At long last, OnePlus is breaking into the U.S. with retail presence that’ll put its devices in front of more potential customers, many of whom are probably unfamiliar with the brand. Supporting Verizon is a equally as significant because it’s the first time a OnePlus phone will work on America’s largest wireless network. Read more…

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