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Mobile launches fixed wireless broadband service pilot for 50000 homes

Mobile launches fixed wireless broadband service pilot for 50000 homes

After teasing two weeks ago that it'd be running a pilot test of its home broadband service, T-Mobile today kicked the program off. T-Mobile Home Internet will be offered - at least initially - to 50,000 households and provides fixed, 4G LTE data to customers at speeds of up to 50Mbps. Those who sign up will receive a router T-Mobile says is easy to set up, and they'll have support from a customer service team.

Today, T-Mobile has announced an extremely limited pilot program that will be available to eligible USA households.

T-Mobile's CEO is confident that it can apply its usual level of disruption to the home internet market. It also claimed that its unlimited fixed wireless service could save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024. However, if it is allowed to acquire Sprint, then the New T-Mobile could provide high-speed 5G home internet to more than half the U.S. with capacity for 9.5 million households by 2024. 100Mbps would be great for rural customers, but by 2024 most USA households will expect more than that. After using 50GB, T-Mobile customers may get lower speeds than other customers if they are in a congested network area. The program is invitation only and limited to specific areas because of spectrum capacity constraints, but T-Mobile said that, if approved, its pending merger with Sprint will expand the scale and capacity of its network into the 5G realm by 2024. There are no data caps, no contracts, and no equipment costs. Immediately after announcing their merger, T-Mobile and Sprint claimed that "Neither company standing alone can create a nationwide 5G network with the breadth and depth required to fuel the next wave of mobile Internet innovation in the U.S.".

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The home service will cost $50 per month with AutoPay or $55 without.

The merger will reduce customer choice in mobile broadband by lowering the number of nationwide wireless carriers from four to three.

T-Mobile has been pushing its Home Internet service as a major benefit to its proposed merger with Sprint.