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 2023

I signed up for Verizon 5G Home Internet last year and have been using it ever since. In fact, I canceled fiber internet to rely solely on 5G home internet for 2023.

This article covers the pros and cons of Verizon’s service that you need to consider before signing up.

Verizon Home Internet Pros and Cons Overview

ProsCons
Affordable monthly plans with 2-3 year price guaranteeVerizon cell phone service required for lowest price
Unlimited wireless internet data Not available in all areas (Check availability)
Wi-Fi gateway included at no extra chargeData speeds may be inconsistent
Simple setup with no technician required Best perks reserved for 5G Home Plus plan

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
$60 per month
$50 per month with Auto Pay discount
$25 per month with Auto Pay and select mobile plans
$80 per month
$70 per month with Auto Pay discount
$35 per month with Auto Pay and select mobile plans
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.

Verizon is also promising not to increase the price after the first year. The 5G Home plan includes a 2-year price guarantee, while the 5G Home Plus plan has a 3-year price guarantee.

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.

I demonstrate the home internet setup process in this related YouTube video.

4. Data Speeds

Your data speeds with Verizon 5G Home Internet will vary based on several factors, including the plan you choose.

Verizon says the 5G Home plan provides download speeds between 85 Mbps and 300 Mbps. Meanwhile, the 5G Home Plus plan offers download speeds from 300 Mbps all the way up to 1 Gbps for some users.

Verizon says an upload speed of around 50 Mbps is typical for home internet users.

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.

Throughout several months of testing Verizon’s 5G Home plan, 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 Internet – 5G Home Plan179 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 the results of 10 speed tests that I ran on a different day.

Download speeds averaged nearly 200 Mbps, according to the Speedtest app.

Verizon 5G Home Internet Speed Test Results

Download SpeedUpload Speed
11:00 AM247 Mbps 15.0 Mbps
12:00 PM201 Mbps 14.1 Mbps
1:00 PM185 Mbps 18.1 Mbps
2:00 PM220 Mbps 19.3 Mbps
3:00 PM255 Mbps 19.6 Mbps
4:00 PM252 Mbps 9.41 Mbps
5:00 PM192 Mbps 16.0 Mbps
6:00 PM173 Mbps 16.0 Mbps
7:00 PM160 Mbps 20.1 Mbps
8:00 PM96.6 Mbps 17.2 Mbps
AVERAGE198.2 Mbps16.48 Mbps

After several months of testing, 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.

So far, that has not been the case with Verizon. However, it has been an issue with my testing of T-Mobile Home Internet.

I compare the two services in this related article.

5. Discounts and Perks

Verizon 5G Home Internet is offering special deals 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. At the time of this update, the 5G Home Plus plan now includes the choice of an Xbox Series S Console or a $200 Home Depot gift card.

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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3 thoughts on “Is Verizon 5G Home Internet Worth It? 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2023”

  1. I have had Verizon 5G for just over a month and it’s been fantastic. I changed from ATT 70 (best I could get) and didn’t switch to google fiber because I didn’t want another wire on the outside of my house. I am close to a tower and my speeds are 310/20. Upload is the same speed but download is four times faster. I too have Verizon cellular and pricing is fantastic. It’s the first tech change in a while where I am 100% happy with the result.

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    • I just set up my new Verizon 5G device- but I haven’t disconnected my cable internet yet- I’m nervous since my family of 5 streams on multiple devices at a time and I work from home. I was wondering if you have put yours to the test like this or if you have multiple devices connecting simultaneously.

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