After all the hype and speculation, a 5G product is hitting markets this year.
5G Home Service, brought to us by Verizon, uses next-gen wireless technology to offer home internet service with a cable or fiber hookup.
This new 5G service will be available to customers living in four major US cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Verizon will start taking orders on Thursday, Sept. 13.
This isn’t 5G service for your smartphone, but a new way to fill your house or apartment with high-speed internet access.
Instead of relying on an underground fiber optic cable, Verizon’s technology simply involves installing a router built with fixed antennas to deliver the broadband wirelessly.
Theoretically, it should bring faster broadband speeds for home internet that are on par with, or at least in the range of, gigabit fiber networks.
This also helps Verizon in its rollout of mobile 5G in the future, which will involve a dizzying number of different technologies, hardware, and partnerships to get off the ground.
The 5G service will cost existing Verizon subscribers $50 a month, and $70 a month for non-carrier customers.
Those who pre-order the service receive no charge for the first three months.
In addition, Verizon will install the necessary hardware for free.
5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free for the first three months and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device at installation.
Verizon will start taking orders on September 13 and the service is slated for release on October 1st.