Verizon's $50 5G Home Internet Service Launching October 1 With No Data Caps

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Verizon's 5G home broadband service is set to launch in parts of Indianapolis, Houston, Los Angeles, and Sacramento on October 1, Verizon announced today.

    Customers who live in areas where the service is rolling out can place an online order for Verizon 5G Home starting on Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time using the FirstOn5G website.


    Verizon previously said that it would be offering customers who sign up for its internet service a free Apple TV 4K in lieu of a traditional cable box.

    Verizon 5G Home is built on Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G network, and it is the first commercial 5G service to launch in the United States. Verizon is also hoping to be the first mobile provider to offer 5G service, but that's still a ways off.

    Verizon's 5G internet service will be priced at $50 per month for customers who are also Verizon Wireless customers, and $70 per month for those who are not already Verizon Wireless customers.

    The monthly fee includes all taxes and other fees, and there are no hardware charges or annual contract. Customers who sign up early for the service will receive three free months of service, an Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast, and three free months of YouTube TV.

    Verizon says that 5G Home customers will see typical network speeds of around 300Mb/s and depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gig. There are no data caps.

    After the initial rollout to Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, Verizon plans to rapidly expand its coverage area.

    Article Link: Verizon's $50 5G Home Internet Service Launching October 1 With No Data Caps
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Still pretty limited in terms of coverage areas, even within the cities they're offering it.

    And you can bet a data cap will be coming once they get the initial customers onboard.
  3. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
  4. Mangos86 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
  5. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    How does more speed help me? Serious question

    Everything works fine right now...
  6. JKarnsy macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Hmmmmmmm. Alright... alright. Let's see where this goes.
  7. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Sounds better than my current Comcast home internet! Too bad I’m not in an area that gets it.
  8. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    This would be handy in areas that frequently have lines down in storms (like where I live).

    Still, I'd want to read the fine print to make sure that no caps were guaranteed for a meaningful period. At least 2 years...
  9. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    I am confused. Marketed as 5G, but no 5G network to make use of it in USA.

    Why not market it as 9G
  10. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    I would buy this in a second if it was offered near me
  11. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    They are offering a free Apple TV 4K with this service, so I hope they have considered that streaming 4K video is very data intensive.
  12. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Hey verizon, if youre going to give an apple tv instead of a cable box... maybe you want to get it together and support single sign on already. It's ridiculous at this point that Verizon still doesn't support it. I have to go to a website and sign in almost weekly on some apps.
  13. squirrellydw macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2003
    Is this just internet or does it include TV? Why is this better than FIOS?
  14. dmylrea macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    The article doesn't say, but is this a wireless service to the home? You need some device to receive the signal?
  15. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I'm all in when this shows up in my area. I love my ATTWS Netgear Nighthawk, but I'll love VZW even more when this goes live...

    This option will be frickin' awesome if I can take it on the road with me.

    The other side of this IMHO is the matching options that will light up from ATTWS and T-Mo. Let the backstabbing and product matching deals begin!
  16. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Looking forward to giving Comcast the middle finger!
  17. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    How much are you paying now and for what speed?

    $50/month is a very nice deal if you can get 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps per month without data caps.
  18. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    I call your 9G and raise you 1G!

    Now it’s 10G!
  19. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Let’s start a pool to see how long it take for caps and hidden fees to be added in.
  20. jeremiah256 macrumors 65816


    Aug 2, 2008
    Southern California
    It looks like it's going to be wireless and that the initial potential customer pool will be limited to where they have the infrastructure. Exciting.
  21. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    This just internet service, not TV.

    It's not better than FIOS.

    Many companies are going to go with 5G because it means they can give you access, without the need for the very costly infrastructure normal home internet requires. Companies like Comcast spend billions each year to maintain their network of wiring and cables that stretch down every street and to each and ever home. There are HUGE costs involved in that and they're passed on the to the customer (as every cost is at every business).

    With 5G, we finally have a wireless that's a contender to replace home internet service. Until this point, 4G was just too slow and couldn't support multiple devices the way Comcast, Time Warner, etc could with wired home service. 5G has the ability to support the multiple devices (computers, TVs, IoT devices, smartphones, tablets, and more) that now make up the average home.

    But there are still some issues. While 5G is better, it still doesn't have the low latency that gamers need. And while 300Mbit to potentially 1Gbit is possible with this Verizon offering, that's still going to fall short with companies like Comcast offering 1Gbit service now (and as has always been the case, the base speed continues to rise so in a few years 1Gbit will be far less than it costs now from them). Additionally, think of how many have issues getting decent wireless service in their home. That's not generally the case with traditional wired home service.
  22. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    My bet: Data caps will begin before Kim Kardashian and Kanye have another baby (their 8th I think).
  23. tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
  24. hobocamp456 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2017
    This exactly. They’re *******s and will cap once more people are on it
  25. rictus007 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    $50 service with a 2yr contract, then $80 + $10 wireless convenience fee + taxes - $5 for using a check account to pay

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