Verizon yesterday said it has expanded its 5G Home fixed wireless and 5G Ultra Wideband mobile services.
Consumers in parts of Austin, TX, and Gresham, OR can now access Verizon’s 5G Home broadband and 5G Ultra Wideband mobility services, while customers in Albuquerque, NM; Little Rock, AR and Nashville, TN can sign up for Verizon’s 5G Home service, and customers in Birmingham, AL now have access to 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service.
With these new areas added to the mix, the company is now offering 5G Ultra Wideband in parts of 78 cities, while 5G Home is available in parts of 52 cities.
The announcement comes less than a week after the carrier announced additional cities with access to its business fixed internet wireless service.
The advantage of 5G Home, in addition to speed, is that it offers no data caps or throttling, Verizon said. The need for unlimited data without throttling became more important during the COVID-19 pandemic as people moved to remote work and schooling. While schools are reopening, people are only returning slowly to the office, and many will continue to work remotely or will have a hybrid work environment.
5G Home offers maximum download speeds up to 1 Gbps, with typical download speeds of 300 Mbps. The service starts at $50 a month for Verizon customers with a qualifying mobile plan and auto pay, and $70 a month for customers without a qualifying mobile plan. New customers will get a free Stream TV device and a Samsung Chromebook.
Verizon Ultra Wideband uses the company’s higher-frequency spectrum.
“We’re continuing our aggressive expansion of our 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Home services,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief technology officer, in a prepared statement about the Verizon 5G Home and Ultra Wideband expansion.
“Customers in these six cities join a growing list who can now take advantage of game-changing technology that will power the future of wireless and home broadband applications and solutions.”