We all love 4G LTE in our phones (except when it drains our batteries) but how about 4G providing your home internet? Verizon is looking to use the muscle behind its 4G network to start providing homes with internet through their new HomeFusion service. For $59.99 you get access to 10GB of data per month, after a $199.99 equipment fee; but they throw in installation for free!
Verizon says that customers can expect somewhere around 5 to 12Mbps down and 2 to 5Mbps up on this connection. The equipment can connect 4 devices wired and up to 10 wirelessly through the modem that connects to a Verizon 4G antenna. This service is going to launch first in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas, Tex. and Nashville, Tenn. but we can expect to see Verizon rolling this out to more LTE markets before the end of the year. This looks to be more of a competitor to DSL but the thought of data capping home internet isn’t too appealing. Anyone see this as a viable replacement for their home internet?
Homefusion broadband FROM VERIZON POWERS IN-HOME INTERNET CONNECTIVITY WITH 4G LTE
Verizon’s First Residential Wireless Broadband Solution Harnesses High Speed of 4G LTE Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today introduced HomeFusion Broadband: a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using the power and speed of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. The solution will offer households in areas with limited broadband options a reliable alternative for data connectivity in their homes.
“HomeFusion Broadband is just one of the new products and services that is made possible with our 4G LTE network,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. “Customers want to connect more and more devices in their homes to the Internet, and HomeFusion Broadband gives them a simple, fast and effective way to bring the most advanced wireless connection from Verizon into their homes.”
The 4G LTE network is efficiently delivered to an antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home. The cylinder-shaped antenna is professionally installed at the customer’s home, and the product’s innovative design includes multiple internal antennae allowing the device to pick up Verizon’s 4G LTE signal. The broadband router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi, including everything from computers to gaming consoles.
HomeFusion Broadband will be available beginning later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow. Verizon Wireless is working with Asurion, a trusted leader in consumer technology protection services, for installation.
Customers can choose several usage-based plans, beginning at $59.99 monthly access for 10 GB of data, specifically designed for HomeFusion Broadband. A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies, and installation is free.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers, including HomeFusion Broadband customers, should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
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