5G internet at home comparison: T-Mobile vs Verizon

5G internet competition in the US is increasing and carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon are offering some great incentives to attract customers. Follow along for speed, pricing and fine detail for each carrier in our 5G home internet comparison.

Update 8/1: T-Mobile recently expanded the availability of its 5G Home Internet to 81 new cities in five new states. The Uncarrier previously said it was available for 40 million homes and this pushes that to 45 million.

Meanwhile, Verizon not only earned its 5G Home Internet $25 for mobile customers, but did the same for Fios and LTE Home plans.


Background

It’s been about a year since Verizon and T-Mobile launched their 5G home internet services, and they’re both building momentum.

T-Mobile said its 5G home internet is available to 40 million households (now 45 million) and Verizon shared in January that its 5G home internet is available for 20 million.

While Verizon increased its incentives with deals like 50% off for existing customers, T-Mobile announced its own similar promotions.

AT&T does not have 5G home internet, but does offer 4G home internet for customers and businesses nationwide. While it lags far behind Verizon and T-Mobile across the board, we include it in the comparisons below for reference.

5G internet at home comparison: T-Mobile vs Verizon

speeds

Verizon offers the fastest potential speeds for both downloads and uploads, while T-Mobile’s service is more widely available.

With both, keep in mind that your average 5G speeds will vary based on your location and coverage. And yes, AT&T’s 4G home internet is terribly slow.

5G internet at home T-Mobile Verizon AT&T (4G only)
Download Speeds 33 to 182 Mbps 85 to 1,000 Mbps 10 to 25 Mbps
Upload Speeds 8 to 25 Mbps 10 to 50 Mbps up to 1 Mbps

One more detail: to access the 300-1,000 Mbps download speeds with Verizon, you need to choose the 5G Home Plus plan.

Prices, settings, fine details

Both T-Mobile and Verizon offer very affordable prices, especially for customers who bundle an eligible cellular plan. That brings T-Mobile’s 5G home internet down to $30/month and Verizon’s is even cheaper at $25/month.

Even if you don’t have your smartphone service through either, the plans are still affordable with T-Mobile and Verizon, both at $50/month with autopay.

5G internet data at home T-Mobile Verizon AT&T
Price with mobile subscription $30/month $25-35/month $59.99/month
Price without mobile subscription $50/month $50-70/month $69.99/month
Contract
Taxes and Duties Including Including Additional
Data limit 350 NL
Set it yourself
Installation costs $99
Price lock Lifetime 2-3 years

AT&T’s offering is not only more expensive, but also much slower, has a data cap and requires a $99 installation.

incentives

Both T-Mobile and Verizon have a tempting list of incentives to get customers to abandon traditional broadband providers.

Both make it free to switch by covering up to $500 in early termination fees, having free trials, and offering additional benefits such as free streaming devices and streaming services.

5G incentives for home internet T-Mobile Verizon AT&T
Free trial – 15 days – 30 days
Up to $500 for early term fees
Free streaming device
T-Mobile Tuesday benefits
Free Disney+ bundle up to 1 year
Free Paramount+ for 1 year
1 year 50% discount on YouTube TV

Verizon offers its own Stream TV set-top box for free, while T-Mobile offers $50 that can be used for any streaming device, including Apple TV.

5G home internet comparison wrap-up

With T-Mobile and Verizon both hard at work on a compelling 5G home internet service, consumers are benefiting from affordable prices, free trials, no contracts, and more.

Hopefully, with the launch of more C-band 5G coverage this year, we’ll see AT&T officially enter the 5G home internet space, bringing more choice and competition.

If you’re not happy with your broadband provider right now, it’s easy to do a risk-free trial with T-Mobile or Verizon’s 5G home internet, and you can even try it alongside your existing internet.

It’s hard to say if there’s a clear winner between T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile gets points for increased availability and a lifetime price lock. And Verizon leads the way with a lower bundle price and faster overall speeds.

But if you already have one of the carriers for your phone plan, it makes sense to test those first.

See if T-Mobile or Verizon 5G home internet is available in your area.

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