Dreams of 5G connectivity have been lingering for ages. Now it’s reality!
T-Mobile announced on Wednesday the arrival of its 5G home internet service as part of its ongoing Un-carrier move called “5G For All”. The service was launched via live stream and the carrier shared some details with the viewers.
Dow Draper, T-Mobile’s EVP of emerging products, said that the company is now “able to officially commercially bring meaningful connectivity to millions of Americans.”
The service will be available to over 30 million US households. 20 million coming from the urban areas and 10 million from the rural areas. IoT statistics show that smart cities are fastly emerging everywhere, which explains the company’s “plans to continue to expand access” in the near future.
Eligible users are expected to get average download speeds of up to 100Mbps with no data cap. Upload speeds are expected to land anywhere between the 10-25 Mbps range. This speed is more than enough to get the optimal experience in video streaming or setting up interconnected devices such as a home security system.
Now available, the service has a flat rate of $60/month. It’s completely free from tax charges, fixed contracts, and hardware rental fees for the modem. This piece of equipment also works as a Wi-Fi router but users will have to self-install it. The service will make use of a 4G or 5G signal, depending on which one is faster in certain locations.
T-Mobile’s website also allows individuals to check whether or not their address is eligible for the service. Users will have to act fast, though, as the service is available on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out.
Projections show that the number of total Internet subscriptions will reach 1.3 billion by 2023. IoT devices are even set to hit the 46 billion mark this 2021. That isn’t too far-fetched, especially with the coming of 5G technology today.
Apart from its home internet service, T-Mobile’s “5G For All” campaign also launched its 5G smartphone trade-ins. Customers can exchange any existing smartphone for a 5G-equipped phone like the Samsung A32 5G. Apple users, on the other hand, can trade their iPhone 11 for a 5G-ready iPhone 12 unit. The catch is, users will have to sign up for 24 months of postpaid wireless service to be eligible for the trade-in.