It is clearly the week for the launch of the 5G Internet at home, with Verizon illuminating two new markets after T-Mobile launched its own 4G / 5G router. Verizon 5G Home Internet is now offered in 30 markets, the operator announced today, with the potential to be more affordable than T-Mobile 5G Home Internet, depending on who you get the phone service from.
It has been slow work to reach 30 markets for Verizon. It launched the 5G Home Internet service in late 2018, offering an alternative to cable and DSL connections, taking advantage of its 5G network.
However, the roadmap for the expansion had to be postponed on several occasions, with Verizon blaming the lack of hardware for the delay. When Verizon first launched, it was using 5G TF instead of 5G NR. It later changed, but the new 5G routers apparently weren’t ready in time.
As of today, Milwaukee and Tampa are joining the club in the cities where Verizon 5G Home Internet is available. You can find the full list of locations at the end of this article. Like T-Mobile’s recently launched service, there are no data limits and no acceleration.
The big difference is the speed, with Verizon using mmWave 5G for significantly faster connections. Where T-Mobile suggests that its maximum speeds will be limited by the technical resources of the network, 50 Mbps is probably the minimum and more than 100 Mbps what users should expect to see on average, the operator suggested.
Verizon, by contrast, says its home 5G Internet will run at up to 1 Gbps. The operator says that 300 Mbps downloads are typical and 50 Mbps uploads. The configuration is straightforward, without the need of an engineer visit. Instead, it’s a matter of unpacking the 5G home router, plugging it in, and then using the app to configure everything.
Where T-Mobile has a single price for its service, regardless of whether you subscribe to its voice / data service or not, Verizon has two levels. If you have a qualified Verizon cell phone plan, 5G Home Internet costs $ 50 per month, including taxes and fees; if you don’t, however, it’s $ 70 a month.
In contrast, T-Mobile’s 5G home Internet costs $ 60 a month, regardless. None of the services has an annual contract.
If you are looking for a new Internet service, of course, the limiting factor is likely to be location. Verizon’s speeds may be better than T-Mobile’s, but the latter was quicker to roll out coverage: it doesn’t express that in city numbers, but says it is covering more than 30 million homes. Of course, if you are within a Verizon 5G ultra wide bandwidth service area, you cannot really argue with the speed advantage this brings.
Verizon 5G Home Internet availability list:
Salt Lake City