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5G is still being introduced across the nation. It offers millimetre-wave speeds at higher and faster rates than 4G LTE. That’s wonderful news for our phones and other smart devices that use cellular signals to talk to each other. It could also be a big deal for our houses. 5G signals cannot reach everywhere, and even when they do, you might not be able to get home internet service. Still, Verizon and T-Mobile are the companies doing the most to make it easier for people to use the technology at home.
Each provider offers a specific 5G fixed wireless home internet package that promises quick speeds, clear terms, and a low price.
Verizon 5G vs T-mobile: Speed
Even though 5G can hit download speeds of a gigabit, you shouldn’t expect that from your home internet service from either provider.
Verizon tells its customers to expect internet speeds of around 300Mbps on average. The main reason for the faster speeds is that Verizon relies more on its Ultra Wideband 5G network and uses its “4G LTE backup” less. It uses low-band, mid-band, and millimeter-wave technology to give people speeds that can go as high as 1,000Mbps.
T-Mobile, for instance, says on its website that users can expect “average download speeds of more than 100Mbps,” which is usually between 72 and 245Mbps. T-Mobile Home Internet is becoming more available quickly thanks to its growing 5G grid and current 4G LTE network. So we can’t expect a 5G experience that is 100% 5G.
Verizon 5G vs T-mobile: Price
Verizon and T-Mobile try to give customers an internet experience without strings attached. Each has easy-to-understand 5G home internet deals that don’t require a long-term contract or data limits.
With an average speed of 300Mbps, Verizon reduces that cost to about 17 cents per Mbps. If you choose the Verizon 5G Plus plan, your monthly bill will be $70, and the price per megabit per second (Mbps) will go up to just under 24 cents. But your benefits could compensate for that.
A quick look at the chart above might make you think that T-Mobile is the better deal since its top plan costs $50 per month, while Verizon’s top plan costs $70 per month. However, you need to look at the cost per Mbps to better understand the real value. For that $50 a-month fee, the average internet speed is 100Mbps. If you have a Go5G, Go5G Plus, or Magenta Max plan that qualifies, you could cut that down to $30 per month, or 30 cents per Mbps.
Verizon 5G vs T-mobile: Availability In Countries
No Provider has a full coverage map for its 5G home internet service. But it’s hard to believe if you look at the whole list of places they cover and the total number of households.
When Verizon showed off its 5G Ultra Wideband network in the middle of January 2022, the difference was closed. About 40 million homes across the country can get Verizon 5G Home Internet. Verizon has service in parts of 900 cities but in fewer houses than that.
It’s pretty clear that T-Mobile is in the lead here. T-Mobile Home Internet is available in more than 50 million homes in over 600 places across the United States.
Verizon 5G vs T-mobile: Deals
Verizon is so sure of its 5G home goods that it will pay up to $500 for early termination fees for new customers who leave their current ISP. Most of Verizon’s perks are for its 5G Home Plus plan. Verizon goes even further and gives people who have certain cell plans a 50% discount. Verizon 5G Home and Verizon 5G Home Plus customers who order online will get a Verizon gift card ($50 for Verizon 5G Home and $100 for Verizon 5G Home Plus). Verizon 5G Home Plus customers will also get a free Verizon Stream TV Soundbar or a $200 gift card to Home Depot.
T-Mobile is also so sure of its 5G home products that it will pay up to $750 in early termination fees for new customers who want to leave their present ISP. For people who sign up for Go5G, Go5G Plus, and Magenta Max, T-Mobile will take $20 off each month. T-Mobile’s new Home Internet subscribers can get six months of SiriusXM (worth $66), 12 months of ViX Plus (a streaming service), and a $100 food card for Instacart Plus (a $200 value). T-Mobile’s weekly discount promotion, T-Mobile Tuesdays, is now open to all residential internet customers.
Verizon 5G vs T-mobile: Last Words
In terms of 5G fixed wireless internet in general, and with T-Mobile and Verizon still hard at work on their 5G networks, we are far closer to the beginning of the tale than the middle or end.
Verizon 5G Home Internet is the best in terms of performance, with internet speeds that are almost three times as fast as T-Mobile Home Internet. Because of this, it seems likely that Verizon will have a bigger upside in the near future in cities where the two companies overlap.
T-Mobile Home Internet is a little bit easier to get than the other two. When its 4G LTE network is added to its 5G network, it becomes a much better choice, especially in rural and underserved parts of the country where it is a good alternative to satellite or DSL.