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What You Need To Know About The Cellular Internet Expansion

Want to know all your options for cellular internet expansion? Read on to find out more!

Rural internet providers watch out; now there’s new competition in town. Cellular providers are quickly expanding their product lines into the home internet space. Their 4G LTE and 5G internet more often than not is much faster than common rural internet alternatives like HughesNet and Viasat.

Instead of using a satellite to connect to another satellite thousands of miles away, cellular internet works with a router or hotspot device to connect to the cellular provider’s tower or access point. Just like your smartphone, tablet and smartwatch do now. Here are some popular 5G and fixed wireless internet providers with plans available now for cellular internet expansion.

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T-Mobile Home Internet

T-Mobile known for their cellular service now has 5G home internet! For $50 a month you’ll get 5G internet where available with approximate speeds from 33 Mbps to 182 Mbps. They have a bunch of other perks too like paying termination fees so you can switch. T-Mobile is available nationwide, but 5G is available in predominantly urban and suburban areas while rapidly expanding the service.

T-Mobile Breakdown

T-Mobile Home Internet Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
T-Mobile 5G Home 5G, between 33 Mbps to 182 Mbps $50/month – Try T-Mobile Home Internet for 15 days!

– Price locked in to your regular monthly rate

– No hidden fees!

– No data caps!


Verizon 5G Home Internet

Verizon has DSL, fiber and now wireless 5G home internet! Internet plans start at $25 a month with no annual contracts, no hidden fees, no equipment charges or data caps and your monthly price is guaranteed. Verizon is available nationwide so there’s a really good chance their coverage reaches your address.

Verizon Breakdown

Verizon 5G Home Internet Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
Verizon 5G Home 5G Ultra Wideband where available $25/month to $60/month – High-speed downloads

– Wi-Fi 6 router included

– 2 year price guarantee

– No data caps!

Verizon 5G Home Plus 5G Ultra Wideband where available $35/month to $80/month – High-speed downloads

– Wi-Fi 6 router included

– 3 year price guarantee

– Verizon Cloud Unlimited included

– No data caps!


AT&T Fixed Wireless

AT&T has been offering home internet services for quite awhile with DSL and fiber options, but they also have the much less common fixed internet as well. This service is meant to serve rural communities where their other services don’t reach. They do not have a 4G or 5G home cellular internet plan as of the time of this article with no rumors of it coming soon.

AT&T fixed wireless is $59.99 a month with 350 GB of data per month and $10 for every 50 GB of data your family uses after that with a one year service contract. It’s a good option for cellular internet expansion.

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AT&T Breakdown

AT&T Fixed Wireless Home Internet Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
AT&T Fixed Wireless Approximately 25 Mbps $59.99/month – 350 GB data

– Wi-Fi Gateway Router included

– 1 Mbps upload speeds


Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless

Rise Broadband is a little known fixed wireless provider available in a handful of towns in the rural areas of Nevada, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and 11 other states. Like many other fixed wireless providers, Rise Broadband isn’t cheap, but isn’t super slow either. Their latency is actually lower than satellite internet options.

Rise Broadband Breakdown

Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
Rise Broadband Starting At 25 Mbps Starting at $25/month – No contract required!

– Add unlimited data for $20 more a month

– Get up to 50 Mbps for $10 more a month

– Internet speeds faster than DSL


Starry Internet Fixed Wireless

Starry internet is an excellent option if it’s available at your address. Unfortunately Starry Internet is even smaller than Rise Broadband with an even more limited coverage area only in 6 states. However, Starry Internet’s prices and internet speeds are on par with their cable internet competitors and their customers are fairly satisfied with the service they receive with their cellular internet expansion.

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Starry Internet Breakdown

Starry Internet Fixed Wireless Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
Starry Internet 200 Mbps $50/month – Unlimited data

– Free Wi-Fi router included

– No long-term contracts required

– Free expert installation included


US Cellular Fixed Wireless

US Cellular is jumping into the home internet market with their brand new fixed wireless product. However, there isn’t a ton of information out there on exactly what their plans and include and how rapidly they’re rolling the product out. If US Cellular’s fixed wireless internet isn’t available at your address today, it could be soon, so keep checking back! Their service is a viable alternative to other rural internet options out there like satellite or worse 90’s dial-up.

Fixed Wireless Breakdown

US Cellular Fixed Wireless Internet Speeds Monthly Price Plan Details
US Cellular 5G Home Internet 25 Mbps to 150 Mbps Starting at $50/month – No data caps!

– Your connection drops to 2G after you hit your data allotment

– No contracts required!

– 5G speeds where available

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