Mobile begins piloting in-home LTE internet service

Joanna Estrada
March 21, 2019

Given the timing and the explicit mention of certain parts of the plan happening after the expected merger, odds are this announcement is at least half posturing to ensure its merger with Sprint is approved by the USA government.

T-Mobile says that customers should expect speeds "around" 50Mbps and no data caps. The company claims its service will be offered at an aggressively low price, with no annual service contracts or installation charges, but actual numbers are decidedly lacking at this point.

Invitations for the home service will go out this week by email and United States mail to current T-Mobile wireless customers in "select areas", which T-Mobile did not identify in its announcement.

T-Mobile announced today that it will open a pilot program for in-home internet service using its 4G LTE network. However, it's unclear whether or not T-Mobile will throttle your connection based on usage. We also asked T-Mobile for more details on where the pilot areas are located and whether customers can request the service if they don't receive invitations.

The home service will cost $50 per month with AutoPay or $55 without. If you're selected, T-Mobile will reach out via email or snail mail. Most industry experts say that will increase prices over time, an assertion that T-Mobile flatly denies.

After the merger with Sprint is complete and 5G has been rolled out, the new T-Mobile will have the capacity and scale to deliver fixed wireless broadband to residents covering more than half of U.S. ZIP codes, with speeds over 100 Mbps, by 2024, the company said.

T-Mobile has been pushing its Home Internet service as a major benefit to its proposed merger with Sprint. T-Mobile is quick to add that the new 5G home internet services will be far faster when it launches. The pilot program will be limited to homes in rural or underserved areas and to only a "limited few" customers. That's sure to earn T-Mobile some goodwill as it tries to reduce the number of national United States carriers from four to three.

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