The 5G home internet competition in the US is heating up, and providers appreciate it T-Mobile And Verified they are offering some great incentives to attract customers. Follow the speed, pricing and precise details for each provider in our 5G home internet comparison.
Update 9/22: T-Mobile has expanded the availability of its 5G home internet to 64 new cities in six states this month. The Uncarrier previously said it was available for 45 million homes and that pushes it to 54 million.
Meanwhile, earlier this summer Verizon made 5G Home Internet $25 for mobile customers and it did the same for the Fios and LTE Home plans as well.
It’s been about a year since Verizon and T-Mobile launched their 5G home internet services and both are gaining momentum.
T-Mobile’s 5G home internet is now available to more than 50 million households, and Verizon said earlier this year that its 5G home internet is available to more than 20 million.
While Verizon has increased its incentives with offers like 50% off for existing customers, T-Mobile has announced similar promotions.
AT&T doesn’t have 5G home internet, but it does offer a 4G home internet for rural customers and businesses. While it lags far behind Verizon and T-Mobile across the board, we’ll include it against it below for reference.
5G Home Internet Comparison: T-Mobile vs Verizon
With both, keep in mind that average 5G speeds will vary based on location and coverage. And yes, AT&T’s 4G home internet is blazingly slow.
|5G home internet||T-Mobile||Verified||AT&T extension (4G only)|
|Download speed||From 33 to 182 Mbps||85 to 1,000 Mbps||10 to 25Mbps|
|Upload speed||8 to 25Mbps||10 to 50Mbps||up to 1Mbps|
Another detail, to get access to download speeds of 300-1,000 Mbps with Verizon, you will need to choose its 5G Home Plus Floor.
Prices, installation, fine details
Both T-Mobile and Verizon offer very affordable prices, especially for customers who bundle an eligible cellular plan. This reduces T-Mobile’s 5G home internet to $30 a month and Verizon’s is even cheaper $25 a month.
Even if you don’t get your smartphone service through either of them, the plans are still affordable with T-Mobile and Verizon both at $50 a month with automatic payment.
|5G Home Internet Details||T-Mobile||Verified||AT&T extension|
|Price with cellular plan||$30 a month||$25-35/month||$59.99/month|
|Price without cellular plan||$50 a month||$50-70 a month||$69.99/month|
|Taxes and fees||Included||Included||Extra|
|Data limit||❌||❌||350 GB|
|Price lock||Lifetime||2-3 years||❌|
AT&T’s offering is not only more expensive, but much slower, has a data cap, and requires a $99 setup.
Both T-Mobile and Verizon have a tempting list of incentives to get customers to leave traditional broadband providers.
Both make it free to switch by covering up to $500 in early termination fees, have free trials, and offer extra perks like free streaming devices and streaming services.
|5G internet incentives from home||T-Mobile||Verified||AT&T extension|
|Free trial||✅ – 15 days||✅ – 30 days||❌|
|Up to $500 in upfront fees||✅||✅||❌|
|Free streaming device||✅||✅||❌|
|T-Mobile Benefits Tuesday||✅||❌||❌|
|Free Disney+ package up to 1 year||❌||✅||❌|
|Paramount+ free for 1 year||✅||❌||❌|
|50% off YouTube TV for 1 year||✅||❌||❌|
Verizon is offering their Stream TV set-top box for free, while T-Mobile is offering $50 that can be used for any streaming device, including Apple TV.
5G Home Internet Comparison Summary
Hopefully, with the rollout of increased C-band 5G coverage this year, we will see AT&T officially enter the 5G home internet space which will bring more choice and competition.
At this point, if you’re not happy with your broadband provider, it’s easy to give it a risk-free trial with T-Mobile or Verizon’s 5G home internet, and you can even try it in conjunction with your existing internet.
It’s hard to say if there’s a clear winner between T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile gets points for increased availability and a locked-in-for-life price. And Verizon is ahead with a cheaper bundler price and faster overall speeds.
But if you already have one of the carriers for your phone plan, it makes sense to give that one a try first.
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