T-Cell 5G dwelling Web: $60 a month, 100Mbps speeds, and no knowledge cap

T-Mobile's 5G home Internet gateway sitting on a desk next to a tablet.
Enlarge / T-Cell’s 5G dwelling Web gateway.


T-Cell yesterday launched a $60-per-month 5G home Internet service, saying that it’s going to typically present obtain speeds of fifty to 100Mbps and add speeds of 10 to 25Mbps.

The $60 month-to-month value consists of all the things, T-Cell stated, promising, “No added taxes or charges. No gear charges. No contracts. No surprises or exploding payments.” The service has no knowledge cap, however T-Cell’s dwelling Web prospects will get slower speeds than cellular prospects in instances of congestion.

“Throughout congestion, Residence Web prospects might discover speeds decrease than different prospects resulting from knowledge prioritization,” T-Cell stated in a footnote within the announcement. T-Cell says this needs to be uncommon. In its Open Web disclosure, T-Cell stated that dwelling Web “prospects obtain the identical community prioritization as Heavy Knowledge Customers, however needs to be much less more likely to expertise congestion as a result of the gear is stationary and out there in restricted areas.” (“Heavy Knowledge Customers” are cellular prospects who face potential slowdowns as a result of they exceed a particular restrict, which is 50GB per 30 days on most T-Cell plans. The 50GB threshold will not be used for 5G dwelling Web, however the dwelling service could also be slowed down relative to cellular speeds when the community is congested even when a house buyer hasn’t used a lot knowledge that month.)

T-Cell notes that “[v]ideo streaming decision is dependent upon out there speeds,” and there is apparently no strict restrict on video decision. A CNET reporter who examined the service wrote, “I’ve streamed hours of 4K video, participated in Zoom conferences, downloaded large video games to put in and so forth, all and not using a hiccup to report.” T-Cell advised Ars that its typical dwelling Web speeds “far exceed the bandwidth wanted to stream 4K video.”

A T-Cell FAQ stated, “We anticipate most new T-Cell Residence Web prospects will see common obtain speeds in extra of 100Mbps, and all eligible households are projected to see common obtain speeds of 50Mbps or extra. Speeds can differ relying on location, sign energy and availability, time of day, and different components.” Moreover, “[m]ost new T-Cell Residence Web prospects can count on common add speeds between 10 and 25Mbps.” Latency is usually between 21 and 35ms, T-Cell stated.

T-Cell stated that prospects will obtain “the max pace the community is ready to supply at their dwelling location,” as there isn’t a choice to improve to a quicker plan.

30 million houses eligible

T-Cell stated that 30 million households (a few quarter of the US total) are “eligible” for the house Web service, but it surely’s not clear what number of prospects the corporate can tackle earlier than chopping off signups. You’ll be able to test if service is obtainable at your deal with at this webpage. T-Cell stated that 10 million of the eligible households are in rural components of the US, with the remaining in city and suburban areas.

T-Cell launched a 4G LTE dwelling service two years ago. The corporate already has 100,000 dwelling Web prospects and “has stated it expects to rely round 500,000 mounted wi-fi prospects by the tip of this 12 months,” according to Light Reading. “Throughout the subsequent 5 years, T-Cell stated it expects to achieve between 7 million and eight million mounted wi-fi Web prospects.”

T-Cell additionally offered¬†this PDF that lists the cities and cities the place the 5G dwelling service is obtainable. Loads of metro areas are included, however the service may be simpler to get in much less densely populated areas. Mild Studying quoted New Road Analysis as saying that T-Cell will “solely promote capability to mounted broadband subs in markets the place they’ve greater than their cellular subs might probably use. We estimate they might solely help 4.1 million common mounted broadband subs in markets the place they’ve extra capability.”

“T-Cell will take subscribers on a first-come, first-served foundation till capability runs out, after which will add subscribers because it provides capability, [T-Mobile Executive VP Dow] Draper stated,” according to PCMag.

In its FAQ, T-Cell stated, “We’re working aggressively to develop T-Cell Residence Web Service to increasingly folks, however haven’t got particular dates by location at the moment.”

“Availability can and can change in native areas as extra prospects in that space join,” T-Cell advised Ars. “And within the brief time period, availability could also be impacted by Wi-Fi gateway availability till international provide chains normalize.”

5G dwelling gateway

Clients will obtain a router-and-modem gateway that “converts [the] 5G sign to Wi-Fi and offers a Wi-Fi sign accessible by all of the gadgets in your house,” T-Cell stated. The system makes use of Wi-Fi 6 together with “[m]uti-user MIMO, which creates extra capability as extra customers join, bettering particular person speeds when many gadgets are accessing Wi-Fi,” T-Cell stated. Clients can set as much as 4 community names (SSIDs) on every gateway.

To start service at your property, “energy up your T-Cell Excessive-Pace Web Gateway, obtain the T-Cell Residence Web app (Android or iOS), and comply with a couple of directions,” the corporate stated.

T-Cell doesn’t help use away from the deal with the place you buy service. “The T-Cell Excessive-Pace Web Gateway is restricted to your eligible deal with, so you’ll be able to’t transfer it from one location to a different. This helps us guarantee that the place of use meets our community requirements to give you a top quality of service,” T-Cell stated.

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