Verizon may be pushing its 5G mmWave network hard (even if it's of doubtful utility), but it's not actually the only 5G tech on big red's roadmap. Like T-Mobile, it's pushing a lower-band "Nationwide" solution as well, and an update will soon be rolling out to select 5G phones delivering access to that more far-reaching network. Furthermore, new 5G phones on Verizon will have it at launch.
Over the next few days and weeks, we will be rolling out software updates to select 5G Android phones that will give Verizon customers access to 5G Nationwide. Samsung updates will be rolling out this week and next week. New 5G phones launching this week will have it at launch.
— George Koroneos 🗿🍹 (@GLKCreative) October 14, 2020
The news comes courtesy of a short confirmation on Twitter by Verizon PR Manager George Koroneos. According to reports, the update is already rolling out for some Samsung 5G devices. While we don't have a complete list of phones expected to get the tech, I'd imagine many of the recent "5G UW" branded phones will probably see it enabled with subsequent updates.
Unfortunately, early reports indicate the low-band 5G connection may actually be slower for some than their existing 4G LTE connection — an issue we have also experienced on T-Mobile. Speeds likely can and will vary by market, but it's not a good indicator, especially since you have to pay more money for Verizon-compatible 5G devices.