Verizon 5G Home Internet Service

Is Verizon 5G Home Internet Worth It? 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2023

If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to cable or fiber internet, Verizon 5G Home Internet has emerged as a leading option to consider.

The service relies on Verizon’s wireless network to provide an internet connection to your entire home.

Verizon 5G Home Internet Review

I signed up for Verizon 5G Home Internet to review whether the service is worth the savings. In this article, I’ll share what you need to know before you sign up!


Table of Contents:

  1. Service Availability
  2. Plans and Pricing
  3. Setup Process
  4. Data Speeds
  5. Discounts and Perks

1. Service Availability

Verizon 5G Home Internet is expanding as the wireless company builds out its 5G network, but it’s not available everywhere.

To confirm coverage, enter your address on Verizon’s website.

Verizon has multiple internet solutions: 5G Home, LTE Home and Fios. In places where 5G Home Internet is not available, you may qualify for one of the other options.

This review will focus on my experience with Verizon 5G Home Internet.

Verizon 5G Home Internet check availability page

Although Verizon’s 5G Home Internet uses the service’s wireless network, you do not need to have a mobile phone account. You can subscribe to the internet plan as a standalone service.

However, Verizon does provide discounts to customers who bundle phone and internet. I’ll explain those in the next section.

2. Plans and Pricing

Verizon 5G Home Internet offers two plans: 5G Home and 5G Home Plus. I signed up for the more affordable 5G Home plan and recommend it for most people.

Both plans have no contracts, data caps or hidden fees.

5G Home5G Home Plus
$50 per month with Auto Pay $70 per month with Auto Pay
Unlimited wireless internet Unlimited wireless internet
Wi-Fi 6 router equipment included Wi-Fi 6 router equipment included
2-year price guarantee3-year price guarantee
Verizon Cloud Unlimited included

Verizon Wireless customers can save big on home internet. With a qualifying mobile line of service, Verizon 5G Home Internet starts at only $25 per month with Auto Pay.

Meanwhile, Verizon-owned Visible mobile customers can save up to $10 a month on the internet plan.

During the 2022 holiday season, Verizon began offering a limited-time 10-year price guarantee for its 5G Home Internet plans. That’s up from the standard two and three year price locks.

Verizon 5G Home Internet is a postpaid service, not prepaid. A soft credit inquiry is required for new customers.

The service offers a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. If you cancel within 30 days, you’ll get a refund as long as you return the equipment within 30 days of the cancellation date.

Verizon will also cover up to $500 in early termination fees from your existing internet provider.


IMPORTANT: If you qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), you can save up to $30 per month on Verizon Home Internet. Learn more about the program here.


3. Setup Process

Verizon 5G Home Internet does not require professional installation. After you receive your internet equipment in the mail, you can get up and running in about five minutes.

My equipment arrived two days after I signed up. Here’s what came inside the box:

  • Verizon Internet Gateway (router)
  • Power adapter
  • Optional ethernet cable
  • Setup instructions
Verizon Internet Gateway, power adapter and ethernet cable

The first step in the setup process is to find a location for your internet gateway. Verizon suggests that you place the gateway near a window or an exterior-facing wall.

Then, plug one end of the power adapter into the bottom of the gateway and the other end into an outlet.

From there, the light on the front of the gateway should blink for about five minutes. If the light settles on solid white, your gateway setup is complete.

However, if the light turns solid red, move the gateway to a different spot and start over.

After setting up the gateway, you need to connect your devices (phones, TVs, computers, etc.) to your new network.

There’s a Wi-Fi name and password printed on the bottom of the gateway. You can also change the Wi-Fi name and password from the network settings in the My Verizon app.

Verizon 5G Home Internet’s setup process was extremely easy.

For those who need assistance, contact Verizon’s support and view troubleshooting guides from the My Verizon app. Professional installation is also offered for a fee in some areas.

4. Data Speeds

Verizon 5G Home Internet advertises download speeds between 85 and 300 Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps.

If you currently have fiber or cable internet service, these speeds may be slower than what you’re paying for. But I’ve found that many households pay for speeds they don’t really need.

During my early testing of Verizon’s service, I’ve been able to reliably stream on all devices without noticeable lag or buffering.

Immediately after setting up the service, I recorded speed tests to compare Verizon 5G Home Internet to T-Mobile 5G Home Internet — which I also pay for.

Both services had download speeds faster than 100 Mbps and upload speeds faster than 10 Mbps.

First Verizon 5G Home Internet Speed Test results from SpeedTest.net

Verizon 5G Home Internet vs. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet

DownloadUpload
Verizon 5G Home Internet179 Mbps 17.1 Mbps
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet135 Mbps 14.1 Mbps

Verizon 5G Home Internet’s performance has remained consistent since that first speed test. The table below shows five speed tests that I ran on a different day.

Download speeds topped 140 Mbps in every single test using the free Speedtest app.

Verizon 5G Home Internet Speed Test Results

Speed TestDownload SpeedSpeed Test
12/18/2022, 9:33 AM141 Mbps19.8 Mbps
12/18/2022, 10:22 AM142 Mbps 7.64 Mbps
12/18/2022, 11:31 AM166 Mbps 11.6 Mbps
12/18/2022, 12:43 PM163 Mbps 14.5 Mbps
12/18/2022, 1:41 PM140 Mbps 13.5 Mbps

Although Verizon’s service is off to a very good start, the question is whether those speeds will slow down and affect my performance when nearby cell towers get congested.

This has been an issue at times with my testing of T-Mobile Home Internet. I’ll update you if anything changes.

5. Discounts and Perks

Verizon 5G Home Internet is offering special discounts and perks to get people to switch.

I mentioned a few of the offers earlier in this article. The most valuable discount is a 50% price break on internet service for people who have a mobile phone plan with Verizon.

Other discounts and perks vary depending on the internet plan you choose: 5G Home or 5G Home Plus.

For example, those who subscribe to the more expensive 5G Home Plus plan will receive unlimited cloud storage through Verizon. This benefit is not included with the 5G Home plan.

People who get the 5G Home Plus plan also receive better one-time signup perks.

These offers vary from time to time. When I signed up for the 5G Home plan, I got a $50 Grubhub or DoorDash gift card. The offer was $200 for the 5G Home Plus plan.

See the latest offers from Verizon here.

Final Thoughts

Verizon 5G Home Internet and other fixed wireless solutions like T-Mobile Home Internet are bringing much-needed competition to the market.

For those who want the fastest and most reliable internet, fiber is probably still your best option.

However, as I’ve reviewed wireless home internet services, I’m hearing from a lot of people who are satisfied with the performance and are grateful for the affordable pricing.

Do you have Verizon 5G Home Internet? Add to my review in the comments below!


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