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Verizon 5G Home Internet Review

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First launched in 2018,  availability has surged in the last year. this January, making . While Verizon Fios, the company’s 100% fiber-optic internet service, typically scores well on customer satisfaction studies, it’s only available in the Northeast, so 5G’s wider availability area marks a significant expansion for Verizon’s broadband options.

Unlike , , and  that get you online with a wired connection, cellular internet plans like Verizon 5G Home Internet take a fixed wireless approach. As the name suggests, your home will get its internet connection wirelessly through a receiver that picks up Verizon’s signal and broadcasts it throughout your home as a Wi-Fi network. 

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Fixed wireless connections like  and  are typically a lot slower than what you’ll get from a wired cable or fiber connection, but that’s not the case with 5G. In some regions, including parts of Verizon’s coverage map, you’ll find 5G plans capable of hitting near-gigabit download speeds.

That makes 5G especially interesting if you live without high-speed cable or fiber internet access. Verizon is one of the top names leading the effort to bring the technology to as many homes as possible. With straightforward pricing, no data caps and no contracts (all of which seem to be emerging standards across ) there’s a lot to like about what Verizon’s selling. Still, it’s a moot point if the service isn’t available at your address. 

Here’s everything you should know about Verizon 5G Home Internet, including what sort of speeds, prices and terms you should expect if you sign up.

Verizon 5G Home Internet coverage map: Where is it available?

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Each dot in this Verizon coverage map is a city with access to 5G Ultra Wideband, which Verizon uses to deliver the fastest 5G Home Internet speeds. The dark red regions of the map indicate where Verizon offers 5G for mobile customers — those are the likeliest spots for future 5G Home Internet expansions.

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Verizon 5G Home Internet availability

Verizon 5G Home Internet is available in many places, but most are centered around America’s largest metro regions, where the development of 5G infrastructure is the furthest along. That puts it on a similar trajectory as fiber, with service primarily focused in America’s largest cities, where the population density makes expansion more cost-effective.

That said, deploying new cell towers and upgrading existing ones is generally faster than wiring entire regions for fiber, neighborhood by neighborhood. So, while availability is still somewhat limited, there’s room for hope that 5G might be able to bring speedier home internet to underserved parts of the country faster than fiber, cable or other, more common modes of internet.

Check your address to verify Verizon 5G Home Internet serviceability

Even if Verizon 5G Home Internet is available in your city, there’s no guarantee it’s available at your address. Serviceability requires relative proximity to one of Verizon’s 5G cell towers and a strong, steady signal.

Take me, for instance. I live near downtown Louisville, Kentucky, where Verizon’s 5G Home Internet is an option for some. But Verizon can’t offer service at my address yet, even though I have a cell plan with Verizon and service that’s strong enough for my phone to connect over 5G semi-regularly when I’m at home. That lack of availability might change soon (and I’m eager to test the service out and tell you all about it), but for bucksays now, all I can do is wait.

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Verizon 5G Home Internet plans, speeds, prices and terms

Verizon keeps things pretty simple. There are two options: you have your choice of whether you want a two-year price guarantee — at $50 a month, including all taxes and fees — or a three-year price lock at $70 per month (plus extra perks), everything included. No matter which of the two options you choose, you can get an additional 50% off if you have a qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plan. 

Speeds will vary based on the connection quality at your address, but Verizon says most customers should expect average download speeds of about 300 megabits per second. In select parts of the coverage map, speeds can get as high as 940Mbps. As for your uploads, which affect video calls and posting large files to the web, most homes should expect to see speeds between 10-50Mbps.

Verizon 5G Home Internet plans

Plan

Max speeds

Monthly price

Equipment fee

Data cap

Contract

Price guarantee

Verizon 5G Home

85-300Mbps download, 10Mbps upload

$50

None

None

None

2 years

Verizon 5G Home Plus

300-1000Mbps download, 50Mbps upload

$70

None

None

None

3 years

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Verizon’s 5G network is capable of hitting gigabit speeds in select areas.

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How does Verizon 5G compare to Verizon 4G LTE speeds?

With , customers can typically expect download speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 50Mbps, with uploads in the single digits. 5G is , and that’s because the standard’s millimeter-wave technology (aka mmWave) sends signals at much higher frequencies than LTE. Those higher frequencies can deliver gigabit speeds in the right circumstances, but the tradeoff is they don’t travel as far and can struggle with obstructions.

5G accounts for those high-speed range limitations by mixing slower mid- and low-band signals that travel farther for better coverage. On those frequencies, you can expect your 5G speeds to dip down to around 300Mbps on midband or down to double-digit LTE levels on low-band. That’s why your 5G mileage will vary as far as speeds are concerned — it all comes down to the location of your home.

Verizon 5G Home Internet has no data caps, contracts or hidden fees

Verizon’s terms are about as straightforward as you’ll find in the home internet market. The monthly rate includes all taxes and fees, and you won’t need to pay an additional equipment fee as you will with most providers. In December 2021, Verizon announced a  available to new Verizon 5G Home Internet customers. 

Additionally, there are no service contracts or early termination fees and no data caps. That means you can use your connection as much as you like without fearing overage charges for using too much data. On top of that, Verizon 5G Home Internet doesn’t come with a promo rate, so your bill won’t arbitrarily jump up after the first year.

All of that is pretty appealing, and it matches what we see from and , the other two names of note offering 5G home internet plans. Like Verizon, neither of them enforces contracts, data caps or equipment fees. That seems like a smart strategy for providers hoping to tempt customers into trying something new.

Verizon 5G Home Internet vs. the competition

I mentioned T-Mobile and Starry — two other providers currently offering 5G home internet plans. is the notable absence here. The company has its own 5G network and currently offers fixed wireless home internet service too, but that service doesn’t use 5G, at least not yet.

T-Mobile and Starry offer appealingly straightforward terms just as Verizon does, but the prices and speeds are different. For example, consider . T-Mobile uses a mix of 5G and 4G LTE signals and is slower than Verizon but a bit less expensive than the 5G Home Plus option. You’ll spend $50 per month on home internet speeds ranging from 33-182Mbps download to 6-23Mbps upload. 

Starry is more impressive, as $50 per month gets you to download speeds of 200Mbps and upload speeds to 100Mbps. That makes it the only cellular internet provider that gets close to fiber’s symmetrical speeds.

As for each company’s coverage map, T-Mobile offers the most comprehensive availability, with cellular internet service currently available to over . Verizon told us in February that it now offers 5G home internet service to  and targets 50 million by 2025. Starry is the smallest provider of the three and is available in six cities. Still, the company plans to expand access to 30 million homes in new markets by the end of 2022.

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