Verizon Wireless will start offering a 5G-based wireless home Internet service next month in parts of four USA cities, with service coming to other cities at an as-yet-unspecified date.
Verizon 5G Home is more fully described as 'the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service, . Instead of exclusively relying on an underground fiber optic cable, Verizon's technology simply involves installing a router built with fixed antennas to deliver the broadband wirelessly.
Now before you start jumping up and down in excitement and start hunting for 5G smartphones, we should caution that this is nota mobile 5G service. The company is promising home broadband speeds from 300 megabits per second up to 1 gigabit per second.
After the free period ends, the service will cost $50 per month for Verizon Wireless subscribers or $70 per month for non-subscribers.
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Verizon revealed the upcoming service this evening, stating that potential customers can check out all the details on its new FirstOn5G.com website starting this upcoming Thursday; the service's launch takes place on October 1 and will involve the company's own proprietary 5G standard. Advertised prices include taxes and fees. In addition, Verizon will install the necessary hardware for free. Verizon's also including a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra for 5G Home customers. We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home.
As part of the 5G Home deal, you'll get YouTube's TV service free for the first three months, after which it will cost users $US40 a month. There are no data caps with Verizon 5G Home.
Verizon's 5G mobile service hasn't launched yet.