5G unleashed. Samsung Unpacked.

By: Jessica Bonardi

Our latest 5G announcements and George shares the latest devices from Samsung.

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On today’s Up To Speed, Matt stepped away from NHL hockey’s opening games and Jess stepped away from her NFL playoff prep to share the following updates:

The 5G story that keeps getting bigger

If you missed Hans and the CES Keynote earlier this week, the full replay is available on the web. He announced that customers in parts of six new cities, Arlington, TX; Miami, Anaheim, Phoenix, San Francisco, and St. Louis, can now sign up for Verizon’s 5G Home Internet.

Not only that, Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is now available to customers in Colorado Springs, CO, Columbia, SC and Knoxville, TN. And our Nationwide 5G service is now available for 230 million people in 2,700 US cities. Plus, eligible 5G Home and wireless customers can get up to 12 months of the brand new discovery+, on us!

Skyward and UPS

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Skyward, our drone services company, announcing our collaboration with UPS Flight Forward. The plan is to deliver retail products via drones connected to Verizon 4G LTE, as well as 5G testing and integration for delivery, starting with The Villages in Florida.

MET Unframed

Have you ever wanted to paint portraits on canvas using oil paints just like Picasso? Well, we can’t help you with that. You can now experience one of the world’s iconic museums like never before with The Met Unframed. With this mobile-only experience, you get immersive, first-of-its-kind AR that lets you roam the museum's halls, visit exclusive galleries and interact with the vast collection of art from wherever you are. You can play games to take your favorite pieces home on loan in AR, and watch select objects come to life with the power of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband. Share your newly collected AR masterpieces with your friends using #TheMetUnframed. The best part: There’s no sign up required.

A big day for Samsung fans

At today’s Unpacked event, the new Galaxy S21 family of devices took center stage with features that consumer and business customers will love, like 5G, apps for business and Knox ‒ the defense-grade security platform built into Samsung mobile devices. The Galaxy S21 lineup will be available for preorder starting today, and will be released on January 29.

George Talks Tech

Would you like the latest tech news and gadget reviews broken down in language any human can understand? Then check out the new series “George Talks Tech,” hosted by our own George Koroneos. We can’t promise he’ll always be in his famous tiki lounge, but we can promise he’ll be as entertaining and insightful as always.

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