Verizon fired up its nationwide 5G network last week, so to give a bunch of the phones they already sell access to it, they are starting to push out software updates. The first batch to get access comes from Samsung, where Verizon is updating Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 lines, as well as the Galaxy A71 and A51.
The changelog for each mentions that the update “Brings 5G Nationwide access to your device!” that “5G Nationwide is available in 1,800+ cities,” and “You’ll see a 5G icon when you’re in a 5G Nationwide coverage area.” As someone who has been testing a Pixel 5 that already has Verizon’s 5G icon, that description is exactly what happens. Just be aware that you aren’t likely to notice any sort of speed boost, since this is low-band 5G access we’re talking about, not the super fast 5G mmW that Verizon also has.
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