Verizon’s ‘5G Nationwide’ is now available on prepaid iPhone 12

Verizon launched its ‘5G Nationwide’ network coverage for most postpaid customers in October, along with the launch of Apple’s latest flagship smartphones. Now Verizon has now confirmed that 9to5Mac that its 5G Nationwide network is also available for use with 5G phones, including iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, on the company’s own prepaid service …

The same sub-6 GHz network that those on Verizon’s postpaid plans enjoy is now available to those who are prepaid. It’s presumably compatible at least with the 5G phones that Verizon is currently selling through its prepaid website, which includes the iPhone 12 series and Galaxy S20 FE 5G. We’re currently watching it live on an iPhone 12 Pro.

5G is basically two different technologies, and while it looks like the switch has been reversed on the slower sub-6 GHz form (5G Nationwide), Verizon says its Ultra Wideband offering “comes to Prepaid in early 2021 “, at least according to the verbiage on the company’s prepaid website.

While access to the latest technologies is always welcome, early tests conducted this week show that Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network is actually no faster than LTE in some places. In my area, however, I have found that Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network is significantly faster than LTE.

Competitive networks, such as T-Mobile and AT&T, have been offering sub-6 5G service for several months now on their own equivalents to Verizon’s 5G Nationwide. Popular MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) Visible, which runs on Verizon’s network, recently launched its sub-6 5G on the iPhone 12, and that device is the only one supported on this network so far.

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