Cellular Home Internet Service: Here is what you need to know

Internet connectivity has become a necessity to almost all households and cellular providers are taking this opportunity to expand their services and offer internet plans.

Cellular internet is powered by a router or a hotspot connected to a cellular network. The speed is dependent on the proximity of the device to a network tower, network congestion, the number of devices using the network, and other factors. Cellular internet speed is much slower than fiber or cable internet, but it is worth considering if you are out of options.

Let us take a look at how some cellular home internet services from known providers differ in speed, affordability, and other aspects.

Verizon LTE and 5G

Verizon’s 4G LTE network has up to 25Mbps of download speed and 5Mbps of upload speed, with no data caps. As for the price, customers with a Verizon mobile plan of $30 or more will only have to pay $40 per month, while those who do not have a Verizon mobile plan will have to pay $60 monthly. Fiber internet providers, if there is any available in your area, can offer you a faster connection for the same price.

Verizon 5G Home is on a whole new level as it offers up to 1Gbps of download speed, averaging at roughly 300Mbps along with 50Mbps of upload speed. Of course, it comes with a much higher price of $70 monthly or $50 monthly for current Verizon customers.

T-Mobile Home Internet

T-Mobile exudes generosity as it offers home internet service with a download speed of up to 50Mbps and 4Mbps of upload speed at an affordable price of $60 per month. Another edge of T-Mobile’s service is that it comes with no additional rental fees (most providers charge $10 to $15 per month), no data caps, and no binding contracts.

AT&T Fixed Wireless

Unlike Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T currently has no cellular home internet plans. As an alternative, the company provides fixed wireless internet service to rural communities with up to 25Mbps of download speed and 1Mbps of upload speed priced at $60 per month. This internet service is powered by an antenna installed outside your home which directs the signal to your router from a nearby AT&T access point.

Something to note regarding the service is that it comes with a data cap of 350GB per month in which you will be charged with an additional fee of $10 for every 50GB of excess data, limited to $200. Additionally, AT&T imposes a one-year contract which ties you to pay a termination fee if you want to opt-out of the service unless you cancel within the first two weeks.

US Cellular

Like AT&T, US Cellular offers fixed wireless internet service, which comes with hardware connecting your router to the nearest cell tower to power your home network. US Cellular offers different high-speed internet plans at reasonable prices, ranging from a $50-monthly plan with up to 25Mbps of download speed and a $155-monthly plan with up to 150Mbps of download speed.

The services do not come with data caps, but the different plans do have specific data allotments. This means that the company can plunge down your connection to 2G speeds if your online activities take up too much bandwidth.

Optimizing internet speed

Aside from choosing the right plan and provider for your internet needs, it is also important to know how you can optimize your internet speed. One thing that you could do is to make sure that your router is placed in a clear area with no obstacles. You can also use Wi-Fi extenders to amp up the signal in areas of your home with slow speed.