Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Verizon is probably taking a hit on the cost of service in order to get 5G service into as many homes as possible.

After teasing the first cities that'll get its 5G home broadband service, Verizon today revealed when it's going to flip its 5G switch.

Verizon 5G Home is only available in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, initially, and only in certain neighborhoods of those four cities. Instead, as we've previously stated, Verizon 5G Home is strictly for residential internet connectivity.

Verizon says it will be the first in the USA to offer 5G services, with the carrier adding Indianapolis to its rollout alongside Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Houston.

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The 5G service will cost existing Verizon subscribers $50 a month, and $70 a month for non-carrier customers. Depending on location, peak speeds could reach almost 1Gbps. "Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to "cut the cord" or upgrade from their current cable service". In addition, Verizon will install the necessary hardware for free. The monthly rate includes all taxes and fees and there is no annual contract required.

Yesterday Verizon announced that they will be expanding their 5G labs to Los Angeles, Washington DC, Palo Alto, California, and Waltham, Massachusetts. We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home. Verizon is also throwing in three free months of YouTube TV (regularly $40 per month), plus a free Apple TV 4K or Chromecast. Service speeds "should" fall around 300Mbps and may range up to 1Gbps, though that depends on the subscriber's location; there's no data caps.

The labs will launch by the end of 2018, and will be kitted out with live 5G networks to help startups, universities, and tech companies to collaborate with Verizon. Thus, the 5G home internet offering will run on a proprietary version of the standard.

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