Verizon Wireless – in partnership with Motorola, Samsung Electronics America and Qualcomm Technologies – has announced that it has completed what it claims is the ‘world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network’. This successful test was completed with a moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod – supposedly the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone – in Providence, Rhode Island.
The cellco notes that this device is the same 5G-upgradeable smartphone device consumers will use on Verizon’s 5G mobile network when commercial service begins in 2019. The companies performed several tests over the 5G connection, including browsing the internet and placing a video call. The transmissions were completed using Verizon’s 28GHz spectrum and Samsung 5G NR solutions.