Verizon launches 5G home Internet with 300Mbps speeds

Verizon 5G Home

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What is 5G, and what can we expect from it?

Instead of exclusively relying on an underground fiber optic cable, Verizon's technology simply involves installing a router built with fixed antennas to deliver the broadband wirelessly.

Verizon 5G Home will be available for pre-orders as of Thursday, with its "First On 5G" members to get the first three months free, after which the service will cost $50 per month for existing Verizon Wireless customers on smartphone plans, or $70 per month for non-Verizon Wireless customers.

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This isn't a true 5G mobile service for your phone, but a new way to fill your house or apartment with high-speed internet access.

Verizon spokesman John O'Malley said typical 5G network speeds average 300 megabits per second, which Verizon's website says is fast enough to download an iTunes update in 7 seconds, whereas 4G LTE speeds range between 5 to 12 megabits per second. Those prices include taxes and fees, and the service does not require an annual contract.

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Verizon has announced plans to launch Verizon 5G Home, which it says is the first ever commercial 5G broadband Internet service, starting next month. Verizon's also including a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra for 5G Home customers.

"First On 5G" customers will get free professional installation and a free router along with the first crack at scoring 5G-capable Verizon smartphones as they become available.

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You've likely heard the term a lot recently, but what is 5G? Verizon says it will expand 5G broadband internet to additional cities, but didn't provide a time frame. "We appreciate the partnership of network equipment makers, device manufacturers, software developers, and chip makers in reaching this critical milestone".

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