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Verizon 5G Home Internet is fast, affordable, and comes with free stuff (we like free stuff). While 5G home internet introduces technical terms like “millimeter wave,” don’t be intimidated—we’ll show you how it’s the familiar internet you’re used to, just delivered in a new way.
✓ No annual contracts
✓ No data caps
✓ Equipment included in cost
✗ Download peeds vary (usually from 300–up to 1,000 Mbps)
✗ Availability is limited
✗ Device often needs to be installed on a window
*With Autopay and paper-free billing. Qualifying wireless phone plan must be $30/mo. or more.
Data effective 2/23/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Verizon 5G Home Internet has many of the same things we like about Verizon Fios—fast speeds, no annual contracts, and no data caps.
Unfortunately, those fast download speeds vary a lot—from 300 Mbps up to 1,000 Mbps. But at least Verizon doesn’t offer 5G home internet anywhere it deems the speeds too low.
That’s part of why your apartment might be eligible for Verizon 5G Home Internet, but your neighbor might not—you get different 5G coverage, resulting in varying speeds.
Still, this affects how much bang for your buck you’ll get with a Verizon 5G Home Internet plan. Verizon wireless customers get a much better deal than those of us who aren’t.
Because Verizon wireless customers pay only $50 per month for Verizon 5G Home internet, they’re getting a solid deal for the typical 300 Mbps download speeds. But if you’re not a Verizon wireless customer, you’ll pay $70 per month—that’s an affordable deal if you’re getting the max download speed of up to 1,000 Mbps, but it’s way too much for only 300 Mbps.
There are certainly other factors to consider in whether your Verizon 5G Home Internet bill is worth the cost. For instance, Verizon 5G Home Internet comes with included equipment for which other providers might charge $10 to $15 per month. That’s a superb deal that can save you a lot.
In the end, we like Verizon 5G Home Internet a whole bunch, and we think you’ll enjoy your experience with it. We just hope you won’t run headlong into 5G home internet service just because you think you’ll get gigabit speeds at a cost you can’t get elsewhere.
Want some deals and freebies with your Verizon 5G Home Internet? Here are the most recent Verizon 5G Home Internet promotions.
You won’t have to worry about paying for a router with Verizon 5G Home Internet because your plan includes a 5G internet gateway. This device is part 5G receiver, part router.
Verizon designed it to be so easy to install that you can set everything up without a professional in most cases.
The 5G internet gateway usually needs to be in a window facing the nearest cell site—that’s how you get your 5G signal. (Don’t worry, Verizon will provide a map of the best places to get a signal in your house.) The gateway will then decipher the encoded signal and broadcast it as wireless internet throughout your house.
While most internet providers charge about $10 to $15 per month for a router, you don’t have to pay a thing for your 5G internet gateway from Verizon.
So even though your 5G home internet equipment might block your view, the savings you’ll get are a nice tradeoff.
You might know 5G is like the previous mobile-technology generation 4G LTE, but more advanced and capable of faster internet speeds—up to 10,000 Mbps, theoretically. That’s faster than any home internet on the market.
But right now, 5G home internet providers offer speeds up to only 1,000 Mbps. The holdup is due in part to the task of updating network tech, but US regulations have also limited the frequencies 5G providers could use.
Things are looking up, though—Verizon took part in an auction with the FCC to acquire rights to use mid-band frequencies (the best ones for 5G internet). We’re moving beyond the far-carrying-but-slow low frequencies and the fast-but-short-reaching high frequencies (that’s the millimeter-wave frequencies you’ve heard about).1
As Verizon rolls out the happy medium mid-band frequencies that Goldilocks would love, we’re hoping it means more coverage for Verizon 5G Home Internet in the future.
While the normal Verizon 5G Home Internet plan is exorbitant for its typical speeds, we think the discount Verizon mobile customers get is hard to pass up.
And since Verizon 5G Home Internet comes with no annual contract, no data caps, and included equipment, we say it’s worth trying out if you have the chance. You can always return to landline internet plans if 5G internet isn’t for you.
You can sign up for Verizon 5G Home Internet service in some parts of the following 18 cities:
Verizon 5G Home Internet’s base cost is $80 per month. However, once you sign up for Auto Pay and paper-free billing (and who doesn’t want to save paper these days?), the cost goes down to $70 per month.
If you have a Verizon wireless plan that is $30 or more per month, you’ll have to pay only $50 per month with Auto Pay and paper-free billing for Verizon 5G Home Internet. Maybe it’s time to switch cellphone providers, huh?
5G home internet uses technology similar to the 4G LTE that connects your smartphone to the internet. It usually uses a higher frequency than 4G LTE, which allows it to reach faster speeds than that old tech.
To get 5G in your home, you’ll need a receiver—Verizon 5G Home Internet provides one that attaches to your window and provides Wi-Fi coverage for your home.
Once you’ve got your receiver set up, your 5G home internet will work just like the normal Wi-Fi you’re used to.
Because of 5G’s fast internet speeds, it’s an attractive alternative to landline internet plans. However, 5G signals have a limited range, and you have to be very particular about where you put your 5G home internet modem/router to receive the signal.
It’s not so much that 5G can’t do what traditional home internet does—it’s just that 5G is available only in certain parts of select cities. Sometimes, you won’t be able to get 5G home internet even if your neighbor can, just based on your position to the nearest cell site.
Until there are solutions for all these drawbacks, 5G won’t be available to most people. But if Verizon comes knocking on your door to say it’s an option for you, we say go for it (and we’re envious).