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Best 5G Home Internet Providers

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You’ve probably heard a lot about 5G over the past few years, but the discussion is usually around what it can do for your cellphone, not your home internet. But if you’re moving to a bigger city and looking for a new internet provider, 5G might be your best option. 

5G plans have no contracts, simple all-in-one pricing, and plenty of speed for most homes. It works the same way it does with your phone: data is sent back and forth from cell towers to your home instead.

Up until now, that cellular connection wasn’t quite strong enough to support your whole home. But with 5G — the fifth generation of wireless data networks — speeds are similar to what you’d get with other types of internet service. 

The main difference is that 5G home internet is completely wireless, while cable, fiber, and DSL internet all use wired connections. That doesn’t mean you can take your 5G home internet anywhere, though — it’s still fixed at your address.

Compare the top 5G home internet providers

  • Verizon: Best overall
  • Starry Internet: Fastest speeds
  • T-Mobile: Best availability

Verizon, T-Mobile, and Starry Internet are the three main 5G home internet providers out there, and they all offer similar speeds and plans. (Ultra Home Internet is also an option, too, but it’s significantly more expensive and stingier about data.)

Unlike cable, fiber, or DSL internet, you usually only have one speed to choose from with these three providers, and it will vary by location and time of day. The speeds listed below are estimates given by each provider, and they should be plenty for most households.

FeatureVerizonStarry InternetT-Mobile
Starting price$50.00/mo.$50.00/mo.$50.00/mo.
Download speed85 – 300 MbpsUp to 1,000 Mbps33 – 182 Mbps
Upload speed10 MbpsUp to 500 Mbps6 – 23 Mbps
Data capUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Trial period30 days30 days15 days
Prices updated 08/24/22.

Verizon 5G Home: Best Overall

Feature5G Home5G Home Plus
Price$50/mo.$70/mo.
Download speed85 – 300 Mbps85 – 300 Mbps
Upload speed10 Mbps10 Mbps
Data capUnlimitedUnlimited
Price lockTwo yearsThree years
Sign-up bonusesNone$300 off Stream TV Soundbar
Prices updated 08/24/22.

Pros

  • 50% off for Verizon Wireless customers
  • Equipment included
  • Two year price guarantee
  • Contract buyout up to $500

Cons

  • Not as widely available as T-Mobile
  • Low upload speeds

There’s a lot to love about Verizon’s 5G Home internet service. It gets the fastest speeds of any 5G internet provider, the price is great (and locked in for at least two years), there are no contracts or hidden fees. 

You’ll probably be able to find faster internet with a cable or fiber provider, but that’s the case with all 5G internet. Where it closes the gap is with its simple, all-in-one pricing. Unless you have a bigger household that connects a lot of devices at once, you’ll probably be fine with Verizon’s 85-300 Mbps speeds. 

Verizon’s 5G Home internet service is currently available to about 30 million households in 900 cities, with plans to expand to 50 million by 2025. 

Starry Internet: Fastest speeds

PlanPriceDownload speedUpload speedData cap
Starry Connect$15/mo.30 Mbps30 MbpsUnlimited
Starry Basic$30/mo.50 Mbps50 MbpsUnlimited
Starry Plus$50/mo.200 Mbps100 MbpsUnlimited
Starry Pro$65/mo.500 Mbps250 MbpsUnlimited
Starry Gigabit$80/mo.1,000 Mbps500 MbpsUnlimited
Prices updated 08/24/22.

Pros

  • Equipment included
  • Full refund for first 30 days if you cancel
  • $200 contract buyout

Cons

  • Not as fast as Verizon 5G Home
  • Limited availability

If you can’t get Verizon 5G Home internet at your address, don’t worry — Starry Internet offers virtually the same price and speed. You’ll get 200 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload speeds, which is plenty for most households. (Starry also offers faster and slower plans at some addresses.)

Starry uses a fixed wireless network, which sends signals directly to and from your home, while wireless carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile send signals in every direction. That should theoretically translate to faster internet, especially at congested times of day.

Currently, Starry Internet is only available in six cities: Boston, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC. That said, it has big plans for expansion, and aims to reach 25 million households by 2026.

T-Mobile 5G Home: Best availability

FeatureT-Mobile 5G Home
Price$50/mo.
Download speed33 – 182 Mbps
Upload speed6 – 23 Mbps
Data capUnlimited
Price lockIndefinite
Sign-up bonusesFree Echo Show 8, one year of Paramount+
Prices updated 08/24/22.

Pros

  • Equipment included
  • Free Echo Show 8 when you switch
  • One year of Paramount+
  • $500 contract buyout

Cons

  • Slightly slower than other 5G internet

Right now, T-Mobile is available to around 40 million households across the country — far more than any other 5G home internet provider. While Verizon and Starry are primarily available in cities, T-Mobile is actually a viable option in many rural and suburban areas, too. 

But with that expanded coverage comes a slight drop in speed. It’s available to more people because it partially relies on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in addition to its growing 5G network. It still provides much faster speeds than DSL or satellite, but it’s not quite on the same level as Starry or Verizon.

That said, 5G internet speeds are highly dependent on your location, and the only way to know for sure what you’ll get is to try it out. Fortunately, T-Mobile gives you 15 days to decide if you like the service, or you’ll get your money back. 

5G home internet availability

5G is the new kid on the block when it comes to home internet service, and that means coverage is constantly expanding. It’s very possible that your home could have some new internet options to choose from over the next year. 

Verizon expanded coverage to 30 million households earlier in 2022, and plans to reach 50 million by 2025. T-Mobile recently upped its total to 40 million households, a third of which it says are located in rural areas. Starry is the smallest 5G internet provider with coverage in only six cities, but says it plans to expand to “more than 40 million households nationwide.”

5G vs. other internet types

5G is a type of internet connection that’s usually classified as “fixed wireless.” Instead of cable or phone lines delivering the internet, fixed wireless uses broadcast towers to send and receive signals. 

But while older generations of fixed wireless internet were slower — and required installing a dish or antenna on the outside of your house — new 5G internet providers get much faster speeds and use a smaller gateway device inside the home.

Because 5G internet is wireless, speeds are a little more variable than they are with a wired connection like cable or fiber. The closer you are to a 5G tower or node, the better your connection is going to be. Fortunately, each provider gives you a trial period to test it out for yourself.


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