T-Mobile promises 5G home internet service 2021
After a long pilot period, T-Mobile is making its 5G home internet service a reality today. The company announced live today, teased as its next Uncarrier move, and said 30 million homes are now eligible for the service – including 10 million in rural areas.
The cost of the service is $ 60 per month, or $ 65 without automatic payment, which is $ 10 more per month than when the pilot program was launched. The service comes with no data caps, hardware rental fees, or annual contracts, and customers install their devices themselves. T-Mobile says most customers will benefit from speeds of 100 Mbps and all eligible customers should see an average speed of 50 Mbps. Depending on the coverage in your area, it will use 4G or 5G signals, whichever is faster.
But there is an important caveat: Home internet customers are subject to data slowdown during network congestion, which can be a serious obstacle for some customers living in dense areas.
T-Mobile’s 5G home internet dates back to 2019, when the company referred its case to the Federal Communications Commission to find out why it should be allowed to take control of Sprint. He said accessing Sprint’s network would be a necessary step in providing high-speed wireless internet access in the home. According to the company, this will allow T-Mobile to provide an alternative to major ISPs and make the internet faster in rural areas.
Before the ink on the deal dried, T-Mobile began operating the service over its existing LTE network. It started out small, as an invitation-only deal for 50,000 households. Last month, the pilot project included 100,000 homes.
Testing the pilot program in some cities is one thing; It’s another thing to introduce this service for 5G customers across the country. T-Mobile certainly believes its network can handle it, and for good reason: the spectrum it receives from Sprint has given it a head start, especially over Verizon and AT&T. Maybe if he keeps that promise from his Sprint acquisition talks, he can keep his promise to help Dish become the fourth wireless carrier we miss.