T-Mobile Home Internet service expands to a new market

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T-Mobile Home Internet is getting its first full market expansion since the service began in a pilot program in March 2019.

T-Mobile today announced that its expanding its Home Internet service to the greater Grand Rapids, Mich., area. This includes Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. Residents can sign up for T-Mobile Home Internet whether they’re a T-Mo customer or not.

Residents in this area can sign up for T-Mobile Home Internet service for $50 per month with autopay. Without autopay, the price is $55. Like T-Mo’s Magenta wireless plan, the monthly rate for Home Internet includes taxes and fees. There’s no service contract tied to the price, nor are there any hardware rental or installation costs.

The service uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, though T-Mo says it’s planning to eventually launch 5G Home Internet nationwide. For now, customers on T-Mobile Home Internet can expect average download speeds of 50Mbps. There are no data caps on usage.

We haven’t heard much about T-Mobile’s Home Internet since its launch more than a year ago, so it’s good to get an update today and to see T-Mo expanding the service. While it’s only opening up in one new area today, this expansion is notable because it’s available to residents of the Grand Rapids area even if they’re not already a T-Mobile customer. Previously, T-Mobile Home Internet was an invite-only service for T-Mo customers.

T-Mo says that it aims to offer its Home Internet service to more than half the zip codes in America, or 9.5 million households, by 2026.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Tom Dorosz

    Have a home in South Haven and data is unusable.. Had to buy a signal booster on eBay because they have stopped restocking their since December. Their Tech says they dont need them because of their great 5G network. I used to get better data and signal years ago lol… Joke!

    • dl_crash

      First off if you need a signal booster it’s not the right carrier for you at that location. Second, 99% of retail and tech people are useless and reading a script. The ones that are not idiots get promoted. This is not specific to T-Mobile almost all companies support are borderline useless. Do some testing and research and get the service that is the best value for you, repeat every couple years.

  • Angry Steve

    I have it and get about 225MB. Laggier than Comcast but plenty fast.

  • Mike

    Just wondering, why get home internet if it’s already on a phone line with hotspot? I guess it’s good if you have no cell service? I also wonder how it can be 50mbps speed when phone lines may only get 25mbps? Is there special treatment for the home internet?

    • JG

      Just wondering, why get home internet if it’s already on a phone line with hotspot?

      If using just your hotspot data works for you, then there isn’t really a need for Home Internet as well.

      But, hotspot data is metered. You only get a limited amount at full LTE speeds. I get 10GB with my account. That would break down to a little under 3.5 hours of HD Netflix streaming (~3GB/hr), or just half an hour playing Stadia (~20GB/hr). After that, your speeds are throttled. With home Internet, there is no throttling.

      Also, Home Internet is totally independent of your phone. This means:
      1.) Your not constantly draining your phone’s battery just to watch something on the TV and
      2.) You’ll have internet at home even if your (phone) isn’t at home. This could be helpful for security cameras and other smart home devices like smoke alarms and door bells.

      I guess it’s good if you have no cell service?

      Home Internet will use the same network as your phone to get data. So if your in a dead zone, you’ll be SOL either way. Though if you have some signal by a window or whatever you could leave the Home Internet router there and let it broadcast WiFi throughout the rest of your house.

      I also wonder how it can be 50mbps speed when phone lines may only get 25mbps?

      Phones are not limited to 25Mbps. They can go as high as the network will allow – I’ve seen some speed test results showing 250Mbps.

      There may be regional limits, based on amount of spectrum T-Mobile holds in a specific area, congestion and other random criteria. Check out t-mobile (dot) com/coverage/network-performance-data

      Flagstaff AZ typically sees 0.8-10.3Mbps down speeds while Athens Georgia 25.7-71.9Mbps down. From just barely double digits to almost triple digits. There are a lot around the 25Mbps mark, and a lot around the 50Mbps mark.

      The Home Internet speeds should basically mirror the LTE speeds you get from your phone around your house. If your in Flagstaff, its doubtful you’d get anywhere close to 50Mbps. If your in Athens GA (or Tyler Tx – 69Mbps) then yeah, you’ll probably hit around 50 (maybe even exceed it).

      • Mike

        Thank you for that link, it shows our area is 5.9-36.6 MBPS download, so from looking at those pathetic speeds I understand why I get less.. Great points about home internet, if you have a dead zone.. but to me I want the phone to work all the time, if I have a dead zone then I would switch carriers. I do like what you mentioned about security cameras, as that’s true…. The only thing I say about the home internet is that it can be unlimited for 50.00 so why can’t my voice line have unlimited hotspot for the same 50.00?

  • Mike McDonald

    Hotspots have a limited data bucket. This has no caps on either speed or amount.

  • JR

    By the time T-Mobile’s Internet service reaches half the zip codes in America in 2026, other ISP’s – up and including Starlink – will take over that particular market at faster speeds.

  • Mike McDonald

    Rcvd my unit yesterday. I live at Eastern/28th St and did a quick Speedtest this AM and had 110 down/36 up. Show as connected to B66 w/ 20 MHz bandwidth. No complaints so far.

    • the martian ambassador

      What hardware do you use to connect to the LTE network ? Do they give you a hotspot or free wireless modem ?

  • Glenn Gore

    To say the launch of T-Mobile home internet service has been underwhelming is quite the understatement. The article says it was launched in March of 2019. I remembered when that happened, and T-Mobile allowed anyone in the US to submit their address so they could see if service was available or be notified when it becomes available in their area. Now we find out that they only plan to offer service in HALF the Zip Codes in the US, only 9 million homes, and that “full availability” won’t come until 2026. It is quite evident that T-Mobile’s heart really is not in this and that other options such as Starlink will probably come much sooner.

  • Brian

    If I didn’t have gigabit fibre optic internet I would sign up for this. It is cheaper than my other internet options.