Verizon announced the fourth 5G broadband market that is scheduled to go live before the end of 2018 and it’s Indianapolis. In addition to that news, Verizon also announced a partnership with both YouTube TV and Apple TV that will land early 5G customers the option to package either when signing up for 5G later this year.
Indianapolis joins Houston, Los Angeles, and Sacramento as the first four markets from Verizon to see 5G broadband internet. As a reminder, this is 5G home internet, not the mobile kind that Big Red will launch early 2019 that your phone or a Moto Mod might connect to. It still should be ridiculously fast, though.
When Verizon 5G launches in those four markets, customers will have access to YouTube TV and Apple TV 4K as a part of a bundle. Details of that bundle were not yet announced and will be provided once 5G is actually available for customers to sign-up. Verizon mentions that YouTube TV currently costs $40/mo in its press release for this news, but if it’s going to be available as a bundled package of TV and internet, we can hope that they’ll give you some sort of a discount.U
UPDATE: Bloomberg reports that the 5G bundle is indeed going to be a choice between a free Apple TV 4K or a free subscription to YouTube TV. They are also under the impression that Verizon will offer some form of live NFL and NBA games too.
With mid-August approaching, Verizon still hasn’t given us a firm 5G launch date. The only additional detail we’ve got today is a note about the company expecting to begin home installations (here is the equipment they’ll install) in the second half of this year, followed by plans to “quickly move to be first in 5G mobile.”
// Verizon