If you’re looking for an affordable internet plan, you may have seen the ads for T-Mobile Home Internet and wondered if it’s worth the savings.
At first glance, the service sounds almost too good to be true:
- $50 a month
- No annual contract
- No hidden fees
- No data caps
- Equipment included
I tested T-Mobile’s home internet service when it first launched, but a lot has changed since then. This article covers four things you need to know before you sign up.
T-Mobile Home Internet Review
1. Try T-Mobile Home Internet Before You Commit
T-Mobile is offering customers a 15-day risk-free trial to test out its 5G home internet service.
This is a significant development. When I tested the service in early 2021, it didn’t work well at my location. I canceled almost immediately, but I was charged for a full month of service.
T-Mobile eventually refunded me after a series of calls to customer service.
Now, T-Mobile customers won’t have to go through that hassle. If the service doesn’t work out, cancel within 15 days and return the gateway promptly to avoid a $370 equipment charge.
During the test period, I recommend that you keep your existing internet service as a backup.
And if you decide to continue with T-Mobile and drop your existing internet service, T-Mobile says it will pay up to $500 in early termination fees. Learn more here.
2. Pricing, Deals & Perks
T-Mobile Home Internet costs $50 a month when you set up autopay. Taxes and fees are included in that price.
There are no contracts with the service. You can cancel at any time.
The $50 a month price for T-Mobile Home Internet is available whether you have a T-Mobile phone plan or not. But there are additional savings for T-Mobile wireless customers.
When you add home internet to a Magenta MAX family plan, the price drops from $50 to $30 per month for internet service.
For a single line, the Magenta MAX wireless plan is $85 a month. It becomes a better value for families. Magenta MAX also features several streaming perks, including Netflix.
In addition to that deal, T-Mobile began offering two other perks in May 2022:
- 50% off YouTube TV for 12 months; requires home internet and Magenta MAX wireless plan
- $50 off any streaming device; requires home internet and a voice plan
These two perks are available for a limited time. Check T-Mobile’s website to verify the latest offers before you sign up.
3. T-Mobile Home Internet Data Speeds
T-Mobile Home Internet relies on T-Mobile’s 5G and 4G LTE networks to provide service.
If you already have reliable high-speed internet service from a cable or phone company, T-Mobile Home Internet’s data speeds may be slower than your current provider.
Here are the data speeds T-Mobile says you can expect with its home internet service:
- Download speeds between 33 Mbps and 182 Mbps
- Upload speeds between 6 Mbps and 23 Mbps
During my test of T-Mobile’s service in 2021, I never got a strong signal — only one or two bars.
But many people who commented on my video review of the service have shared good experiences, including download speeds from 200 to 400 Mbps.
Follow this link to read dozens of reviews from real customers.
Bottom line: If you get the advertised download speeds, T-Mobile Home Internet is fast enough to stream video and surf the web.
Although there are no data caps, home internet customers are deprioritized during times of congestion and may notice slower speeds than other T-Mobile customers.
Since the service uses T-Mobile’s network, it performs best where T-Mobile has strong 5G coverage.
4. Home Internet Service Availability
T-Mobile Home Internet is expanding across the country. As of May 2022, more than 40 million homes are eligible to sign up for the service.
You can enter your phone number and address on T-Mobile’s website to check eligibility.
My new address is not eligible at this point. My previous address about 30 miles away was eligible based on this tool, although the service didn’t work as advertised.
If you’re not eligible, you can join a waitlist to be notified as the service expands.
T-Mobile Home Internet is a great deal at $50 a month, particularly for households with limited internet options.
For those with fast internet service from a cable or phone company, T-Mobile’s service is likely cheaper. But depending on your current plan, T-Mobile’s service may have slower speeds.