T-Mobile brings 5G Internet to homes
Fine print: but it's slower than what cable gives us
You’ve surely heard all the hype about how 5G networks are going to be super-fast and change the way we interact with technology.
Wireless carriers T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T have heavily touted their new 5G networks as super speedy, when in fact, they’re currently, with a few exceptions, barely faster than what we had before.
Now, T-Mobile, which says that 5G on phones offers "faster downloads and support for more connected devices than ever before” is bringing 5G to the home, as an $60 monthly alternative to internet service from Comcast, Spectrum and other cable providers.
It’s not saying that its 5G is any faster than you would expect from cable, which is a good thing.
The company also isn’t telling you that the speed would probably be way slower than what you’re getting now.
T-Mobile’s FAQ says average speeds would be about 100 megabits per second for downloads. With Frontier, my provider in Manhattan Beach, California, I get 470 Mbps for download. I pay $55 monthly for the service.
But T-Mobile’s 5G service is an alternative for 30 million consumers who will now have access, many in rural areas, and that’s really the selling point here. Competition.
This is an industry that has few options. In a neighborhood served by Comcast, if you don’t like their rates or service, you have few other places to go. Now you have T-Mobile. Check availability here:
Here in Manhattan Beach, I have two choices: Spectrum or Frontier. Period. With the speeds I’m getting, I wouldn’t dream of switching right now. Now there’s T-Mobile too, which is my wireless carrier for phone service. I’m very happy with T-Mobile.
But the 5G hype has been so excessive and not of this world. On Apple’s homepage, the company says the 5G iPhone has “amazing real-world speeds, along with improved call quality, battery life, and coverage,” and Verizon says its 5G is so fast it has “response times in less than the blink of an eye.”
I haven’t seen it!
Back on Planet Earth, if 5G in the home ever matches those words, maybe I’m interested. But not yet.
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