Verizon 5G Home Internet is what the future of 5G looks like. There’s been a lot of talk about what 5G is going to be able to deliver, but other than faster internet on our mobile devices, we haven’t really seen that future. But Verizon’s 5G Home Internet is part of that future.
The real question is what exactly is Verizon 5G Home Internet? Obviously from the name, it sounds a lot like it’s a home internet connection, that is powered by 5G. And well, on the surface, that is exactly what it is. In this article, we are going to answer all of your questions about Verizon 5G Home Internet, and help you decide whether it is right for you.
What is Verizon 5G Home Internet?
Verizon 5G Home Internet is exactly what it sounds like, internet delivered to your home’s router via 5G. That means that where you live in relation to Verizon’s towers will greatly influence how fast your internet is. But it also means that you don’t have any wires for the router, other than power. So you can set it up anywhere in your home.
Of course, the best spot to set up your new Verizon 5G Home Internet router is going to be near a window, so it has a direct line of sight to the towers outside.
This is a fixed wireless connection, like satellite internet. Which has typically been pretty slow, but that’s not the case with Verizon – mostly because of 5G. Now that Verizon has rolled out C-Band 5G, you’re bound to get several hundred Megabits from your Verizon 5G Home Internet connection.
How much does it cost?
Verizon has two plans for its 5G Home Internet service. There’s 5G Home and 5G Home Plus. They are mostly the same, with the only real difference being the fact that 5G Home plus offers a 3-year price guarantee versus 2-years, and you get Verizon Cloud Unlimited included. Verizon also offers some bigger promotions for the 5G Home Plus plan.
Verizon 5G Home is priced at $60/month without autopay, $50/month with autopay, or $25/month with select 5G Mobile plans. Those select 5G plans include 5G Play More, 5G Do More and 5G Get More. Basically, not the cheapest 5G plan.
Then there is the 5G Home plus which will be $80/month without autopay, $70/month with autopay or $35/month with select 5G mobile plans – the same plans as mentioned above. That is quite a bit cheaper than a traditional ISP, which will charge you around $100 per month for the same service. So it’s not hard to see why so many people are interested in Verizon 5G Home Internet.
Do I get a discount for being a Verizon Wireless customer?
Yes, you do get a discount with a compatible Verizon 5G mobile plan. That is about half the price of the regular autopay price. Allowing you to get home internet for as low as $25/month. Which is not too shabby at all.
Keep in mind that you need to have a compatible 5G mobile plan: 5G Play More, 5G Do More or 5G Get More. And you need to have autopay turned on to get these prices.
Does Verizon offer any promotions for switching?
Yes, Verizon will help cover the cost of early termination fees from your existing ISP. That is up to $500 in credits for early termination fees. Basically, you’d still need to pay those fees to your current ISP. But after you have done so, submit your bill to Verizon, and they will issue you a bill credit for that amount – up to $500.
But be careful here, because if you or Verizon decides to cancel your Verizon 5G Home Internet plan within 90 days, the credit will be charged back to your final bill. This is not crazy, as most carriers and ISPs will do this, as they don’t want you to switch and get the credit then leave right away.
Verizon is also offering a few other perks right now. On the 5G Home plan, you will get Disney+ on us for 6 months, One month of 5G Home on us, a Verizon Stream TV device on us, and Sling TV for two months on us. On the 5G Home Plus plan, those perks are a bit better. Giving you Disney+ for 12 months on us, $300 off Stream TV Soundbar (regular price is $399), One month of 5G Home Plus on Us, Verizon Stream TV device on us, and two months of Sling TV on us.
Are there are any data caps?
Nope. No data caps at all on Verizon’s 5G Home Internet.
Now on older versions of this service, that ran on 4G LTE, there were some speed caps, so you didn’t usually see it past 50Mbps. But with 5G, Verizon has no caps on here whatsoever. You can get up to about 980Mbps speeds on these WiFi 6 routers from Verizon, and use as much as you want.
This is good news, as we’ve started to see ISPs remove their data caps in recent years – of course a big part of that was everyone being forced to work from home for the past couple of years. AT&T has removed its caps, at least on Fiber connections. And Comcast has also removed it in a lot of areas.
What kind of speeds can we expect from Verizon 5G Home Internet?
The biggest catch for Verizon 5G Home Internet is going to be speed. Since it’s relying on its 5G network, you never know if you’re going to get 50Mbps, or 900Mbps. And it also depends on your area.
Verizon does say that you can get up to 980Mbps on this service, however when I put in my address, it states that download speeds are between 85 and 300Mbps. Which is still a pretty big gap, going from okay service to pretty good.
With the rollout of C-Band, as long as you’re in a C-Band area, you’ll likely see a few hundred Mbps on Verizon 5G Home Internet. We’ve seen some people pulling down around 200-400Mbps consistently with C-Band on Verizon 5G Home Internet. And if you live in a mmWave area, you’ll see even faster speeds.
There’s a lot more factors here with Verizon 5G Home Internet and its speeds, compared to fiber from AT&T or Comcast.
Where is Verizon 5G Home Internet available?
Verizon does not offer a map for 5G Home Internet, but you can check availability here. It is available in most major metro areas at this point, and a lot of those areas do also offer 5G Ultra Wideband, so you’re able to get even faster speeds.
On top of that, Verizon is continuing to expand its 5G Home Internet footprint across the US. So if you don’t have coverage now, you likely will in the coming months.
How easy is it to setup Verizon 5G Home Internet?
It’s pretty easy to set up actually. Verizon touts that it is plug and play self-setup. Once you get your router, unbox it and open the My Verizon app. It’ll walk you through setup, which takes less than 5 minutes. That’s the kind of setup that we can all get behind.
Should I switch to Verizon?
If you don’t need a solid gigabit connection, then Verizon’s 5G Home Internet service is a really good, and cheap option. If you work from home, you may want to try it out first, instead of just up and switching. Depending on the work you do from home, it may not be fast enough for you – yet.
Luckily, Verizon does give you the first month free. So you can try it out for no money out of your pocket.