Verizon added 5G in four additional US cities, bringing the total number covered by its mobile service to 71, alongside expanding availability of a compatible home internet service.
The operator added parts of New Orleans, Louisiana; Fresno and Riverside in California; and San Antonio, Texas to its next-generation mobile network, and is also deploying its 5G Home Internet service in parts of San Antonio and Riverside, along with Memphis, Tennessee.
Verizon has been offering 5G-based internet service for more than two years now, primarily using mmWave frequencies. It said its 5G Home Internet delivers typical download speeds of 300Mb/s and maximum speeds of up to 1Gb/s, with no data caps.
Customers willing to enroll in automatic payment and paperless billing can get the service for $50 per month and Verizon is sweetening the deal with free hardware, offering new customers Samsung Chromebooks and Stream TV devices, subject to certain conditions.
All this comes on the heels of T-Mobile US’s recent launch of 5G home internet service for $60 per month.
T-Mobile claims 30 million Americans are eligible to sign up for its service, which is expected to use excess network capacity not required by the operator’s mobile network.
Verizon and T-Mobile appear to be targeting one another directly when it comes to marketing around 5G. Earlier this week Verizon announced deployment of its newly acquired C-band spectrum, and T-Mobile immediately responded with a blog post claiming the superiority of its own spectrum position.Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back