Still, if T-Mobile is genuinely able to provide more customers real options when it comes to home internet, at a minimum the added competition could help drive high prices in many captive markets down. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.
Cellular data companies are always looking to one-up each other, and T-Mobile's latest decision is yet another example of that.
This sounds similar to the data slowdowns T-Mobile imposes on mobile service. However, it's unclear whether or not T-Mobile will throttle your connection based on usage. You'll also have to install a mobile app on your phone to optimize placement of router in the house, but that's just about all you need to do to access T-Mobile's LTE speeds. We've asked T-Mobile to clarify this and will update this story if we get answers.
T-Mobile on Thursday announced that it's launching an invitation only pilot that will test in-home LTE Internet service in rural and underserved markets.
The home service will cost $50 per month with AutoPay or $55 without. There are no contracts, no hidden fees, and no equipment charges, so $50 should be what you pay each month. Legere and his fellow executives have repeatedly stayed at President Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, as they lobby his administration for merger approval. The carrier states that due to LTE network and spectrum capacity constraints it can't expand the pilot to more than 50,000 households, but if T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint is approved, it will most certainly cover more than half of USA households with 5G service by 2024.
T-Mobile plans to have 9.5 million 5G home broadband internet customers by 2024. At the other end, AT&T and Verizon are expected to announce their 5G network pricing as well, as both are preparing to launch home 5G services before bringing them to smartphones. T-Mobile Home Internet will start as an LTE service with a maximum throughput of 50Mbps. It stands to reason that T-Mobile could ultimately expand its home Internet service to large portions of the country without buying Sprint, but admitting that might undercut T-Mobile's claim that it needs the merger to do so.