Verizon launching 5G home broadband Oct

14 September, 2018, 19:04 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
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Verizon 5G Home will be available in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento beginning on October 1, and customers can sign up starting on Thursday morning, Verizon announced yesterday.

Verizon Wireless will start offering a 5G-based wireless home Internet service next month in parts of four United States cities, with service coming to other cities at an as-yet-unspecified date.

How much will it cost? The monthly fee seems fair: US$50 for existing Verizon customers and US$70 for new customers.

For the early members, Verizon is providing the 5G Home service free for the first three months. Additionally, Verizon will not be putting any data cap on the plan.

U.S. consumers can visit FirstOn5G.com to sign up to become a member of "First On 5G" beginning Thursday at 8am ET. Given that the Chromecast Ultra retails for $69, while the 32GB Apple TV 4K retails for $179, we'd probably go with the latter (you could always sell it after the fact).

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If interested, you'll be able to sign-up here. Verizon says it will expand 5G broadband internet to additional cities, but didn't provide a time frame. Good question. Simply put, 5G networking is the next major evolution of mobile wireless technology.

"We will deliver a revolutionary 5G experience that will change how people live, work and play", Verizon Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady said in a statement. Verizon plans to beam services to home receivers and compete against cable and satellite TV providers like Comcast Corp. and Dish Network Corp. Importantly, the offering will allow Verizon to challenge Comcast and Charter in the in-home internet market in locations outside of its Fios fiber footprint.

The company said Tuesday that it's rolling out 5G Home with its own proprietary standards as some of the industry-wide technical standards are still being worked out. But if you sign up early, you'll be charged nothing for the first three months.

This also helps Verizon in its rollout of mobile 5G in the future, which will involve a dizzying number of different technologies, hardware, and partnerships to get off the ground.

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