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Verizon's first 5G wifi service is now available to the public

By Polycount · 6 replies
Oct 1, 2018
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  1. Verizon is making good on its promises to roll out 5G across the US this year. The company opened up pre-orders for its 5G wifi service in September, but now the "5G Home" plan is open to the public.

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    For $70/month, subscribers can enjoy download speeds of "up to" 1GB/s, which averages out to around 300MB/s. If you're already a Verizon customer (if you're signed up for one of their cellular plans, you probably are), the monthly price drops down to $50.

    5G Home is only available in a few select cities for now, but it should expand pretty quickly in the coming months.

    Verizon's current 5G city line-up is Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. It's worth noting that even within these cities, some areas may not have full coverage right away, as is the case with services like Google Fiber.

    While I can't speak to the performance of 5G Home just yet, the pricing does seem pretty fair. Currently, I pay around $90 per month for a non-Verizon fiber connection that only nets me 15MB/s download speeds on a good day.

    If you sign up for 5G Home, Verizon will install all of the necessary network hardware for you, at no additional cost. The company also promises that there won't be any annual contracts, hidden fees, or equipment charges to worry about.

    If the promise of speedy internet isn't enough bang for your buck, Verizon is also offering subscribers an Apple TV or Google Chromecast, as well as three months of YouTube TV, for free.

    Interested in trying out 5G Home for yourself? If you live in one of the previously-mentioned cities, you can check to see if your address is "5G ready" on Verizon's website.

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  2. Gmn17

    Gmn17 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Now that’s fast internet speeds
  3. Air Wayve

    Air Wayve TS Rookie

    I'll believe it when I see it, my 4g unlimited data plan with Verizon gets throttled up the ying yang and can be incredibly slow at times. My biggest curiosity is stability.
  4. Arionic

    Arionic TS Member Posts: 23   +15

    Cohen, the article writer, says that he spends 90$ a month for 15mbs speeds?

    You are getting robbed sir.

    That rate is for internet speeds over a decade old. Pretty much anywhere in Texas, you can sign up for Time Warner, Verizon or Google fiber and get anywhere from 100mpbs or higher for 50$ a month. You literally have to live in the styx to be denied a decent speed offering.

    I pay 70$ a month for 300-1000, and that offer is competitive among isp's. Those speeds don't average down here. In fact, with my 100mps deal, I often get closer to 250m down and 70-100 up.

    I dread to think what the rest of the countries deals with. I also install smart home tech in homes. Most products are internet or wifi dependent. When I meet someone paying that ancient sort of rate for slow internet, I tell them to call their isp right then.
  5. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 67   +39

    Editor should probably verify the GB vs Gb numbers
  6. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 95   +14

    Sure, this only works if you have multiple companies in the same area. I believe most of the country has a choice between two or even just one internet provider. Tampa has Frontier and Brighthouse. $75-150 a month is common for 50Mbp/s to 150Mbp/s speeds.
  7. iamcts

    iamcts TS Maniac Posts: 221   +154

    That's what happens when you subsidize ISPs so they build out infrastructure, but instead they take the money, don't build out anything, and then aren't held accountable.

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