- 52% of survey respondents would consider switching to 5G home internet in the next two years
- 28% of survey respondents do not know what 5G internet is
- 20% of survey respondents would not switch to 5G in the next two years
52% of respondents who took our 2023 broadband customer satisfaction survey said they would consider switching to a 5G home internet service in the next two years. 20% answered ‘No’ and 28% do not know what 5G home internet is.
Of the respondents who know what 5G home internet is, 73% said they would consider switching to 5G in the next two years.
The data points presented in this article are sourced from Allconnect’s proprietary customer survey responses gathered between May and October 2023.
What is 5G home internet?
These are pretty high percentages, so what is 5G home internet and how does it work?
5G home internet is the newest internet technology type that is taking the broadband space by storm. It is a fixed wireless internet service relying on an indoor or outdoor 5G receiver to pick up the signal from the nearby 5G cell towers.
You may confuse 5G home internet with the 5G service you’ve probably seen on your phone. While it provides internet through those same 5G networks, you need a 5G receiver at your home to get connected.
5G home internet availability
T-Mobile’s 5G Home Internet service is widely available throughout the country. It has one plan for $50/mo. with speeds up to 245 Mbps, no price hikes, data caps or contracts.
Verizon 5G Home Internet has two 5G plans starting at $25/mo. when bundled with a Verizon mobile plan. Verizon offers 5G speeds from 85 – 1,000 Mbps between its two plans. Verizon’s 5G service is available in 900 cities across the U.S., and its 4G LTE coverage is available in parts of nearly every state.
Starry has three 5G plans from $50 – $80/mo. with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Starry’s 5G Home Internet has limited availability and is only available in five cities, but there are plans to expand the service in the coming years.
AT&T also recently launched its new 5G service, AT&T Internet Air. It’s $55/mo. but you can get a discount if you bundle it with an AT&T mobile plan. AT&T plans to have Internet Air serviceable in 30 locations by the end of the year.
5G internet has become an attractive internet option because it has simple, affordable pricing and no hidden fees, data caps or contracts. The price you see is the price you get. These costs can add up with cable and fiber internet plans, so 5G internet is a cost-effective choice for many consumers.
Many 5G providers like T-Mobile and Verizon also offer perks with their service, like discounts if you bundle with a mobile plan.
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What equipment is needed for 5G home internet?
You will need a 5G receiver, usually in the form of a gateway device, in order to connect to 5G home internet. The receiver will connect to a nearby 5G tower to bring you an internet connection. You ISP will provide this equipment to you.
Why is my 5G home internet slow?
5G home internet speeds are generally slower than cable and fiber internet. They can be inconsistent because they rely on your proximity to a 5G tower. If you are located far away from a cell tower, your signal strength could suffer.
Written by:Camryn Smith
Cammy is a writer with Allconnect, growing her broadband industry knowledge for over a year on the internet marketplace. Her expertise lies in home internet and broadband service with a focus on providers, plans…
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content