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5G home internet comparison: T-Mobile vs Verizon

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5G home internet competition in the US is heating up and providers like T-Mobile and Verizon are offering some big incentives to attract customers. Follow along for speed, pricing, and fine details for each provider in our 5G home internet comparison.


It’s been just about a year since Verizon and T-Mobile launched their 5G home internet services and they’re both building momentum.

T-Mobile recently said its 5G home internet is available for 40 million households and Verizon shared in January that its 5G home internet is available for 20 million.

While Verizon upped its incentives in January with deals like 50% off for existing customers, T-Mobile announced its own similar promotions in early May.

AT&T doesn’t have 5G home internet, but it does offer a 4G home internet for rural customers and businesses. While it lags far behind Verizon and T-Mobile across the board, we’ll include it in the comparisons below for reference.

5G home internet comparison: T-Mobile vs Verizon


Verizon offers the fastest potential speeds for both downloads and uploads, while T-Mobile‘s service is more widely available.

With both, keep in mind that your average 5G speeds will vary based on your location and coverage. And yeah, AT&T’s 4G home internet is abysmally slow.

5G home internet T-Mobile Verizon AT&T (4G only)
Download speeds 33 to 182 Mbps 85 to 1,000 Mbps 10 to 25 Mbps
Upload speeds 8 to 25 Mbps 10 to 50 Mbps up to 1 Mbps

One more detail, to get access to the 300-1,000 Mbps download speeds with Verizon, you’ll need to pick its 5G Home Plus plan.

Pricing, setup, fine details

Both T-Mobile and Verizon are offering very affordable pricing, particularly for customers who bundle an eligible cellular plan. That brings T-Mobile’s 5G home internet down to $30/month and Verizon’s is even cheaper at $25/month.

Even if you don’t have your smartphone service through either of them, the plans are still affordable with T-Mobile and Verizon both at $50/month with autopay.

5G home internet details T-Mobile Verizon AT&T
Price with cellular plan $30/month $25-35/month $59.99/month
Price without cellular plan $50/month $50-70/month $69.99/month
Taxes and fees Included Included Extra
Data cap 350 GB
Installation fee $99
Price lock Lifetime 2-3 years

AT&T’s offering is not only more expensive, but much slower, has a data cap, and requires a $99 installation.


Both T-Mobile and Verizon have a tempting list of incentives to get customers to leave traditional broadband providers.

Both make it free to switch by covering up to $500 in early termination fees, have free trials, and are throwing in extra perks like free streaming devices and streaming services.

5G home internet incentives T-Mobile Verizon AT&T
Free trial ✅ – 15 day ✅ – 30 day
Up to $500 for early term fees
Free streaming device
T-Mobile Tuesday perks
Free Disney+ bundle up to 1 year
Free Paramount+ for a year

Verizon is offering its own Stream TV set-top box for free while T-Mobile is offering $50 that can be used for any streaming device including Apple TV.

5G home internet comparison wrap-up

With T-Mobile and Verizon both working hard on compelling 5G home internet service, consumers benefit with affordable pricing, free trials, no contracts, and more.

Hopefully, with the launch of more C-band 5G coverage this year, we’ll see AT&T officially enter the 5G home internet space which will bring more choice and competition.

At this point, if you’re unhappy with your broadband provider, doing a risk-free trial with T-Mobile or Verizon’s 5G home internet is easy, and you can even try it out alongside your existing internet.

It’s hard to say if there’s a clear winner between T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile gets points for greater availability and a lifetime price lock. And Verizon is ahead with a cheaper price for bundlers and faster overall speeds.

Check out if T-Mobile or Verizon‘s 5G home internet is available in your area.

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