Want Verizon’s new 5G network on Jan. 19? You’ll need to have one of these phones


After a two-week delay, Verizon’s subsequent huge 5G improve is going on on Jan. 19. While there nonetheless is a while till that occurs, extra particulars are popping out about precisely which units you will need to faucet into the improved 5G connection. 

Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief expertise officer, informed CNET on Tuesday that by the point the network turns on in two weeks “we estimate upwards of 90%” of its 5G consumer base might be prepared to faucet into the C-band network. 

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“So much of units already have the best software program in them,” Malady says. “We’ve been testing the units, and we have been working with the producers for a very long time now so all of the software program is prepared to go.” 

Among the early listing of prepared units are: 

  • Apple’s iPhone 12 line
  • Apple’s iPhone 13 line
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S21 line
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3

Apple iPads with 5G (the iPad Pro and iPad Mini) can even be prepared to use the new network when it goes dwell. 

Verizon spent over $50 billion final yr to buy the C-band spectrum. Verizon’s present 5G network depends on a mix of 5G applied sciences referred to as millimeter-wave and low-band spectrum. Millimeter-wave has wonderful efficiency however considerably restricted protection that usually is just obtainable on sure road corners or in choose elements of stadiums, airports or arenas. Low-band provides sturdy protection, however its efficiency is commonly equal to 4G LTE. 


With the addition of C-band Verizon might be ready to add a 5G network that operates within the center, bringing a lot quicker efficiency than low-band 5G whereas providing considerably higher protection than millimeter-wave. 

On Tuesday the provider mentioned that it’s going to cowl 100 million individuals with the new C-band network, which is able to function alongside millimeter-wave below its “Ultra Wideband” branding, when it goes dwell on Jan. 19. 

A Verizon spokesperson says that different phones, corresponding to Google’s Pixel 6 line, will “obtain software program updates to allow C-band entry within the coming weeks.” The spokesperson provides that “going ahead each 5G machine Verizon sells to postpaid prospects might be C-band appropriate and we’ll have greater than 20 C-band-compatible units by the tip of the yr.” 

While it will be significant to have the best machine, Verizon additionally requires that these planning to use C-band or its millimeter-wave network subscribe to its higher-priced limitless plans. This consists of the Play More, Do More and Get More choices obtainable at present in addition to the older Above and Beyond limitless plans it provided a couple of years in the past. 


Those on different plans will be unable to use C-band, even when they have a tool that helps it. 

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