T-Mobile Launches 5G Home ISP Service2021-04-07 17:48 by Daniela
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T-Mobile's long-teased Home Internet offering is exiting the pilot stage and becoming a real product. As part of its Un-carrier Next event on Wednesday, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier finally added details to its plans to take on Comcast, Charter, rural broadband providers and AT&T and Verizon in the home broadband arena.
The service costs $60 per month, or $65 without autopay, which is $10 more per month than when the pilot program was introduced. The service comes with no data caps, hardware rental fees, or annual contracts, and customers self-install their own equipment. T-Mobile says most customers will experience speeds of 100Mbps, and all eligible customers should see average speeds of 50Mbps. Depending on coverage in your area, it will either use a 4G or 5G signal, whichever is faster.
However, there are some caveats. Firstly, you have to live in an eligible area, though T-Mobile says that more than 30 million households are eligible at launch, with 10 million of those households located in rural areas. You can check to see if your area is eligible here. It's also limited by network capacity, which T-Mobile says is "increasing all the time” but is something you might want to keep in mind if you live in a heavily populated area. T-Mobile also noted that access may be limited at launch due to global supply chain issues that have affected wifi gateway supply.
The company hopes to have 500,000 Home Internet subscribers by the end of this year, with 7-8 million customers by 2025.
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