The network was rolled out in Chicago and Minneapolis, but customers will need the US$240 moto z3 — the first 5G-enabled smartphone in the US market — to access the network.
A US$200 5G moto mod attachment, which looks like a battery pack, enables the phone to connect to the network.
While both Verizon and AT&T have launched 5G networks in a number of American cities, Chicago and Minneapolis are the first where the networks can be accessed with a 5G-enabled phone.
But it added that early customers should expect typical download speeds of 450 Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 1Gbps, and latency of less than 30 milliseconds.
“Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands," said Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive.
“This is the latest in our string of 5G firsts. Verizon launched the first commercial broadband 5G service last October, Verizon 5G Home, and now we’re lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.”
The company said when customers moved outside the 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the 5G moto mod handed off the signal to its own 4G LTE network.
Verizon has said it plans to launch the the 5G Ultra Wideband service in more than 30 cities this year.