T-Mobile is reportedly starting to test a wireless home internet service, offering unlimited LTE data to the home for $50 per month. At launch, the service has extremely limited availability.
T-Mobile says that it plans to reach just 50,000 homes by the end of the year, primarily in rural markets and markets with limited internet options.
The service is at pilot mode which means it is meant to test T-Mobile’s ability to deliver a high-speed home internet connection ahead of its 5G rollout.
But T-Mobile plans to launch wireless home internet that relies on 5G, offering much faster service. For now, T-Mobile is only promising speeds of 50 Mbps over LTE which is acceptable but not particularly fast whereas the 5G service is supposed to deliver over 100 Mbps.
T-Mobile has said that the LTE home internet pilot will be invitation only. It began sending invitations out today to a limited group of existing customers. The service includes no data caps and doesn’t require a contract. T-Mobile will send subscribers an LTE receiver / router to get the service set up; customers will have to set it up themselves, but they won’t have to pay for the equipment.