Motorola and Verizon have announced the former’s 5G Mod, which originally debuted last August, will finally go up for preorder on March 14th. The device will help early adopters connect to Verizon’s 5G network which the carrier says will launch in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th.
There’s a pretty big catch here, however. In order to use the Mod, you need to own a Moto Z3. That means if you have an existing Motorola smartphone that’s compatible with Moto Mods, it won’t work with this attachment.
Luckily, if you don’t already own a Z3, you’ll be able to get it for free by adding another line of service to your Verizon account. You can even get it for $10/month for 24 months if you’d rather stick with your current line. Both offers are only good on the 14th.
In addition, if you purchase or already own a Moto Z3, you’ll get the 5G Mod for $50. That’s $300 less than its original asking price which is steep, to say the least. To take advantage of the discount, you’ll have to preorder the accessory. Otherwise, there’s a good chance the price will jump back up to its $349 cost.
Keep in mind, this is a clunky way to adopt a technology that has yet to reach a good chunk of U.S. residents. So far, Verizon’s 5G network is only available in four different markets. The carrier will add two more to its roster next month, but even then, it’ll be hard to find a 5G connection until Verizon begins rolling it out on a more mainstream level.
Still, if you happen to live in Houston, Sacramento, Los Angelas, Indianapolis, Chicago, or Minnesota and you want 5G network speeds, the Moto Z3 with its Verizon-connected 5G Mod is here for you.