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Verizon 5G Coverage – Maps, Cities, and More

Last updated: July 2020

Verizon’s Approach To 5G

5G service can be neatly split between two buckets:

  • Sub-6 5G: This 5G service uses the same frequencies used for 4G. Sub-6 5G is great for covering large areas and provides decent speeds.
  • Millimeter wave 5G: This service uses extremely high-frequency waves. Millimeter wave 5G provides blazing-fast speeds, but it’s terrible for covering large areas.

So far, Verizon has centered its 5G rollout around millimeter wave (mmWave) technology. As a result, Verizon offers extremely fast 5G service where 5G is available, but Verizon’s 5G coverage profile is tiny.

At the moment, Verizon offers mmWave 5G in at least 35 cities. Over time, Verizon will roll out mmWave in additional cities and eventually begin deploying sub-6 5G to cover large swaths of the country.

Coverage maps by city

Verizon has begun deploying a 5G network in at least 35 cities. The links below lead to each city’s coverage map.

Understanding the maps

Millimeter wave 5G is not good for covering large areas. The signals don’t travel far and can’t penetrate building walls well. As a result, Verizon’s 5G service will only be available in small portions of the cities where it’s offered. For the most part, Verizon has focused on providing outdoor coverage in densely populated areas.

Verizon’s maps initially display a zoomed-out view of a city’s neighborhoods. Here’s Denver:1

Denver 5G coverage map of neighborhoods

Selecting a specific neighborhood will lead to a more detailed map. Here’s downtown Denver:2

Downtown Denver 5G coverage map

The light red indicates areas with 4G coverage. Only areas with dark red coloring are expected to have 5G coverage. As you can see, the map is dominated by light red. 5G mmWave works alright for covering streets and small outdoor areas, but the signals don’t penetrate buildings well.

Stadium & indoor coverage

According to Verizon, 5G is available in parts of the following stadiums.

  • Arrowhead Stadium
  • CenturyLink Field
  • Chase Center
  • Empower Field at Mile High
  • Ford Field
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Hard Rock Stadium
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • MetLife Stadium
  • Moda Center
  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • NRG Stadium
  • Soldier Field
  • Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • U.S Bank Stadium

Verizon’s 5G-compatible phones

Verizon offers at least 7 phones compatible with Verizon’s 5G service.

Footnotes

  1. Screenshot taken from Verizon’s website on 6/13/2020.
  2. Screenshot taken from Verizon’s website on 6/13/2020. LoDo neighborhood.