T-Mobile is making a big move into a new market: in-home broadband.
T-Mobile Home Internet is launching this week, but it's a small pilot test to start. T-Mo says that it's inviting a "limited group of T-Mobile customers in rural and underserved markets" to try out its Home Internet service. The carrier plans to reach 50,000 households with its Home Internet service by the end of 2019.
Invitations to the T-Mobile Home Internet pilot test will be going out to current T-Mobile customers this week. If you're selected, you'll receive an email or piece of U.S. mail with information on how to sign up.
The service will use T-Mobile's 4G LTE network, and you can see what the in-home router looks like below. There will be no data caps, no annual contracts, and no equipment costs. T-Mobile says customers can expect to get speeds around 50Mbps, and pricing will be set at $50 per month with autopay.
If its merger with Sprint is approved, T-Mobile says it'll be able to expand its Home Internet service in a big way. Using the spectrum gained from the deal to build a 5G network, T-Mo expects that it'll offer broadband service with speeds beyond 100Mbps to more than half of U.S. households by 2024. This will help rural consumers get connected and bring more competition to the in-home broadband market, T-Mobile claims, as it pushes for approval for its proposed merger with Sprint.