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Moto Z3 is officially the first 5G phone in the world, beating Samsung by 2 days

Verizon had planned to turn on its 5G mobile service in parts of two cities (Chicago and Minneapolis) on April 11, but suddenly activated it a week early, the telecom announced

Now, the telecom’s customers who have 5G-capable phones can enjoy the promised fast speeds of its next-gen network - and the only one available is the Motorola Moto Z3, which was released last August, equipped with a 5G Moto Mod, which is being released today.

The Mod had been up for preorder on Motorola’s site but - as of this writing - isn’t available there just yet. Verizon announced its availability in stores and on the telecom’s site for $199 (around £151, AU$279) discount, which is typically $349 retail. But you'll have to be a Verizon subscriber to even purchase a 5G mod, it seems.

While 5G has been hyped to achieve up to 1 Gpbs download speeds, Verizon is lowering that expectation by promising average speeds of up to 450 Mbps, though that may improve as the telecom’s network matures.