Verizon expands 5G Ultra Wideband to more than 100 million people

A Verizon wireless sign in a US city
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During CES 2022, Verizon has announced plans to expand its 5G Ultra Wideband technology to more than 100 million people across 1,700 cities in the United States. 

The expansion means that customers in those cities can enjoy 5G speeds up to ten times faster than 4G LTE speeds with the potential of hitting up to one gigabit per second speeds. Verizon believes that through its plans, nearly one in three Americans will soon live in areas where faster 5G speeds are possible. Notably though, the speed expansion might be coming to a vast number of cities but coverage is limited to select areas within those cities. 

Alongside those plans, Verizon has updated its unlimited phone plans. As of today, the 5G Get More, 5G Play More, and 5G Do More plans will now support 5G Ultra Wideband. 5G Get More also offers unlimited data having previously been capped at 50GB per month. Lower tier plans do not support 5G Ultra Wideband so users keen to embrace the fastest speeds will need to upgrade. One of the best cell phone providers, Verizon offers plenty of different options while solidifying its position as a great choice for 5G users. 

Verizon pricing as seen on the company's website

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Such users may also need to upgrade to one of the best smartphones though, as not all phones will support the latest technology. Compatible devices at launch include the Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lines, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, Samsung Z Flip 3, and Samsung Z Fold 3. Verizon has stated that other devices such as the Google Pixel 5 and 6 range will have software updates to support the faster speeds available through 5G Ultra Wideband.

In recent times, Verizon has run into some issues with its 5G Ultra Wideband launch - also known as C-band spectrum - due to the Federal Aviation Administration asking it to hold off on a launch until later in January. Having come to an agreement to hold off until January 19, the FAA has more time to prepare for any potential disruptions to air operations while cell phone users will be able to enjoy faster speeds sooner. That extra couple of weeks gives users more time to consider what plan works for them. 

5G Play More and Do More now offer 25GB of data with Play More and Get More also including either Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass too. Do More and Get More also provide one day of free roaming per month when traveling internationally. Whichever plan you go with, Verizon seems to be coming out swinging in 2022.

Jennifer has been freelancing for over 10 years. In the past, she's written about all things tech and gaming wise for outlets as varied as The Independent, Playboy, Eurogamer, and TechRadar. In her spare time, she spends far too much time watching films, attempting to train her pet guinea pigs, and mastering making the perfect burrito.  She's a full time freelancer, but a regular tech news contributor to Top Ten Reviews.