This is Verizon’s first 5G smartphone

Hint: The phone may sound familiar.


Verizon’s first 5G smartphone didn’t start out as 5G device. But it will once the wireless carrier formally launches its next-generation mobile service.

The first smartphone will be Motorola’s Moto Z3, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg confirmed in an interview in the backstage of the CES 2019 keynote presentation area on Monday. But the catch? This originally launched in August as a 4G phone with the option of a Moto Mod attachment that would eventually give it a 5G capability.


It turns out, the 5G Moto Mod will make the Moto Z3 the inaugural phone once Verizon turns on its mobile 5G service. A Samsung smartphone teased by Verizon and Qualcomm at the Snapdragon Tech Summit last month will be the second device. And while AT&T and Sprint have both said they will carry the Samsung phone too, Vestberg reaffirmed that it has an exclusive deal. That indicates the Samsung phone will likely come to Verizon first for an exclusive period before moving on to the other carriers.

While Vestberg declined to comment on the exact timing of the launch, you can sketch out the potential window. It’s widely anticipated that Samsung will launch a 5G variant of its Galaxy S10, which usually launches in late February around the Mobile World Congress trade show. Vestberg’s comments indicate that the service and the 5G Moto Mod will launch before then.

This would give Verizon an advantage as the first carrier to launch a 5G service with a smartphone. Carriers around the world have fallen over themselves to proclaim themselves as the first to 5G, which gives them bragging rights and helps cement the perception of network superiority. That’s become critically important as the competition for consumers heat up, since network quality remains a big deciding factor.

5G is all the rage at CES 2019, and is one of the dominant trends at the show. The next generation of wireless service is expected to bring a big boost in speed and network responsiveness, which opens the door to a better mobile experience, as well new areas of tech like streaming VR or telemedicine.

Vestberg has long proclaimed that Verizon would be the first to launch 5G. It rolled out a 5G variant of home broadband service in October, although skeptics claimed it didn’t count because it used non-industry standard technology. AT&T in December launched 5G mobile service, but customers in select cities can only tap into the network using Wi-Fi hotspots, and not smartphones.

Regardless of who’s first, it’s clear 5G is slowly turning from hype into reality, especially as broader deployments of the network are underway with many carriers around the world.  T-Mobile promises to have broader commercial service available early this year, and Sprint and LG are promising the first 5G smartphone. T-Mobile and Sprint promise to do even more together if they merge.

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Apple iPhone 5G is coming! In 2020…

Ultra-fast 5G wireless is going to change the world… eventually. It won’t just disrupt the mobile ISP business, but home internet as well. Throughout 2019, I fully expect consumers to be bombarded with 5G marketing that will sell it as the next big thing. And yes, the new standard will be pretty great, but it is not yet necessary. You see, the 5G infrastructure is not yet ubiquitous, and it won’t be for a long while. So while there will probably be Android phones with high-speed 5G modems in 2019, owners largely won’t have any way to take advantage of it.

According to a new report from Fast Company, Apple will be sitting out the 2019 5G shenanigans, instead waiting for at least 2020 to launch the iPhone 5G. You know what? That is very wise. The fruit-logo company is seemingly opting to wait until 5G is worthwhile and not merely a marketing tool.

I am sure you are wondering, what would the harm be of including a 5G modem in an iPhone in 2019? In other words, is there a downside to having such a modem in the phone even if consumers can’t really use it? Well, yes. For one, it adds cost to the manufacturing process, and let’s be honest, the last thing we need is for Apple to have another reason to increase iPhone sales prices — the flagship models are already obscenely overpriced.

More importantly, early 5G modems will likely be huge battery drains, cause massive heat increases, and potentially, be buggy as hell. It is smart to sit on the sidelines and monitor the situation on Android before introducing such a thing to iPhone owners. Let LG and Samsung buyers be guinea pigs!

Case in point, according to the Fast Company report, the Intel 5G modems Apple plans to use are simply not yet up to snuff. The modem currently gets way too hot. Hopefully Intel can produce cooler modem hardware by 2020 that meets Apple’s demanding expectations.

Am I excited for 5G? Very much so. As an iPhone user, am I sad that I won’t have an Apple smartphone with such a modem in 2019? Hell no. Quite frankly, even if Apple waits until 2021 to add 5G to iPhone and iPad, its probably wouldn’t matter. Let the Android user have their bragging rights in 2019, because that is all it will really be… bragging rights. I’d much rather OS upgrades.

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IOTA (MIOTA) – 5G networks are coming: Time to stock up on IOTA

IoT is slowly emerging as a technological advancement that will shape human life in the 2020s and beyond.  Machines are getting smarter, and in a few years, AI will be integrated in most aspects of human life. This explains why there is a huge interest in IOTA (MIOTA), due to its potential to be at the center of this revolution. It is already gaining in adoption in the mobility industry, by companies like Volkswagen and Audi.

But this is really just the beginning. The true revolution will come with the implementation of 5G networks. 5G will enable for the roll out of IOTA (MIOTA) at scale, since it has unlimited bandwidth allowing for uninterrupted connectivity.  Through 5G, it will be possible for machines to communicate with each other at scale, in networks that could work seamlessly across cities. It is through the implementation of 5G that the use-case of IOTA will become clear for all to see.

The best part is that 5G networks will become a reality sooner than most people can imagine.  Several telecom companies in the United States have announced they will be launching 5G networks in 2019. And with IOTA (MIOTA) making in-roads in the U.S, with possible partnerships with companies like Tesla and Uber, the launch of 5G networks could mark a huge entry of IOTA (MIOTA) in this market, and that will be a massive boost to its value.

5G networks will also unlock the value of IOTA (MIOTA) in the development of smart cities. At the moment, several smart cities are testing out IOTA. One city that could open up IOTA (MIOTA) as a revolutionary technology is Pangyo smart city in South Korea. This model city is implementing 5G networks, and will have sensors everywhere guiding self-driving vehicles in a complex and highly interconnected web.

In Pangyo, self-driving cars will be in a position to coordinate with each other and move through traffic. Once completed, this city will open up the idea of using IoT technologies in 21st century urban planning to other cities all across the world. It will accelerate the deployment of 5G, and push up the adoption of IOTA (MIOTA) in urban redevelopment.

The fact that IOTA (MIOTA) is gaining in adoption even before 5G networks are rolled out at scale is a sign of good things to come. Once these networks are rolled out at scale, IOTA will benefit the most since it has a head start in this market. It’s without a doubt one of the best investments in crypto at the moment, as 5G networks begin to take shape in 2019.

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VeChain Is Chosen for the NTT Docomo 5G Partner Program

VeChain is proud to be chosen by NTT Docomo to be the first batch of partners for the 5G Open Partner Program launched by NTT Docomo, the largest telecommunication company in Japan.

5G is a high-speed/capacity network service which NTT Docomo aims to materialize its industrial usage in 2020.

As the world’s leading enterprise public blockchain platform, VeChain aims to provide next-generation technology services by utilizing 5G in collaboration with NTT Docomo on the VeChainThor Blockchain.


Our goal is to enhance and enrich our current data services capacity within traceability, supply chain management, and smartphones for our users. With our ongoing effort to bring traceability use cases in Japan into our ecosystem, the 5G program will bring additional value to VeChain’s presence in the region.

We are proud to participate in this program, collaborating with multiple cross-industry enterprises. This partnership program has already opened new doors for further cooperation on new endeavors. As a result, many new partnerships have been formulated and services will be onboarded to the VeChainThor Blockchain. Notably, VeChain is currently in close talks with a leading company in one of the most notable Japanese industries. By combining our technology with NTT Docomo’s 5G, the power of the VeChainThor Blockchain continues to become stronger.

About NTT Docomo

NTT Docomo is the largest telecommunication company in Japan, which was founded in 1991. In Mar 2018, with a 45.3% share of all mobile phone subscriptions, Docomo is the leading carrier in Japan. NTT Docomo has also broadened its business into smart life such as the distribution of digital content and mobile payment etc. Now Docomo aims to materialize industrial usage of 5G in 2020, which is also the year of Tokyo Olympics. The usage involves the technology of cloud, IoT, in order to realize new ways of watching sports games involving VR/AR technology, automatic drive and smart lifestyle etc.

The market capitalization of NTT Docomo ranked 2nd in Japan, after Toyota, in 2018.

Among the top 500 most valuable brands, NTT groups ranked 20th.

Operating revenue: 4,769.4 billion JPY, Mar.2018


About Docomo 5G Open Partner Program

Aiming to materialize industrial usage of 5G in 2020, NTT Docomo launched Docomo 5G Open Partner Program in Feb. 2018, to involve a wider range of partners. Consequently, there will be more possibility of creating new scenes under 5G environment.

In this program, NTT Docomo provides the environment of 5G technology verification, as well as the workshops for partners to communicate with each other.

Some major partners in the program include governments and reputable enterprises in multiple industries such as banking, automobile, media, pharmaceuticals, insurance, IT service, etc.

The Asahi Shimbun
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Astellas Pharma Inc.
Okinawa Prefectural Government

As partners, participants are able to construct their new services under the environment of 5G before 2020. Utilizing the characteristics of 5G(high-speed/capacity, low-latency, connecting several devices) it is now possible to enhance the quality of our services and create new ones.

With the wide coverage of Docomo in Japan and its strong brand power, VeChain is able to bring traceability use cases in Japan into our ecosystem utilizing the 5G environment.

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