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T-Mobile Home Internet Review 2024

Our tech experts found that T-Mobile offers an affordable, streamlined internet plan with decent speeds and no contracts.

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SeniorLiving.org Rating:
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Up to 182 Mbps speeds
5G internet
$50/mo.
No contracts

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SeniorLiving.org Rating:
4 of 5
Taylor Shuman
Taylor Shuman, Senior Tech Expert & Editor Read About Our Panel of Experts

T-Mobile’s 5G internet has ditched traditional pricing tables for a single, streamlined plan with no price hikes, yearly contracts, or equipment fees — for only $50 per month. But that affordable price comes with a few caveats. The speeds are nowhere near what other senior-friendly internet services offer.  Xfinity’s internet plans top the charts with head-spinning 2 GB speeds, making T-Mobile’s offerings comparatively paltry. There aren’t any traditional bundles with landlines and cable TV, either.

That said, T-Mobile has plenty to offer besides an internet plan you can understand without a legal team. At the top of that list is a stellar price tag, which will resonate strongly with older adults who are sick of paying big internet bills for spotty service.1 But before you give your current internet provider the heave-ho, you’ll want to know more about T-Mobile’s 5G home plans. You’ll also want to ensure you can get its service in your area. Read on to learn about our experience with T-Mobile Internet.

What We Like About T-Mobile Home Internet

  • A flat fee of $50 per month
  • Unlimited data without caps
  • No price hikes after the first year
  • No contracts or equipment fees
  • 24/7 support

Things to Keep in Mind About T-Mobile Home Internet

  • Download speeds up to only 72 to 245 Mbps
  • Limited coverage in some areas

The Breakdown: T-Mobile’s Home Internet Plan

What I really love about T-Mobile’s approach to home internet is how easy it is to understand. I’m not saying it’s the ideal plan for everyone; I’m saying that, with many internet providers, just trying to figure out the plan is a headache. We’ll get into all the details below.

The Basics

With T-Mobile’s 5G service, you get unlimited data for $50 monthly (including taxes) with no data caps. There are no equipment rental or cancellation fees if you cancel early. There is a trade-off for that straightforward simplicity, however. T-Mobile’s 5G internet isn’t lightning-quick at this point. It will probably change, but currently, T-Mobile guarantees download speeds between 72 and 245 Mbps. While there are much faster plans, this is still a decent amount of speed for the average user.

T-Mobile Speeds in Context

While  72 to 245 Mbps is a good deal faster than, say, an entry-level Hughesnet satellite plan — and more than covers moderate browsing, emailing, and (standard-definition) streaming needs — T-Mobile can’t hit the heavy-duty speeds of some of our top-rated internet providers for seniors.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? You don’t need blazing-fast downloads to do everything. According to Netflix, you don’t need more than 5 Mbps to stream your favorite movies and series in HD.2 That’s only 4 Mbps more than you need to send emails.

For example, for about the same price as T-Mobile’s fixed $50 plan, you could be cruising the internet with AT&T’s Internet 1000 plan, which gives you super-fast downloads up to 940 Mbps. (Check out our AT&T Internet review for the whole story.) CenturyLink Gigabit Fiber Internet is another prime contender for older Americans still going full steam online, even if it’s a little more pricey at $65 per month.

The silver lining here for any T-Mobile holdouts is that T-Mobile has the best 5G cell phone coverage in the nation to date. T-Mobile 5G internet is growing. In a few years, you can probably expect some killer coverage and, with that coverage, much higher speeds.

Easy Setup

T-Mobile delivers its service via its own “5G Gateway” device using the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology. Wi-Fi 6 is a major advance over previous generations of Wi-Fi technology, with double the channel width and much faster connections — fast enough, in fact, to stream 8K videos!

That Gateway device — which looks a little like a first-generation Amazon Alexa — serves as your router and should be able to cover your entire house. That means you won’t need to worry about rigging up access points in the den or bedroom when you want to connect, which will relieve anyone who’s ever gone through that hassle.

Using the T-Mobile App

After setting up your 5G Gateway, download the T-Mobile app. The app, available for iPhones and Android devices, is your command center. It will show you signal strength and speed. If you’ve got grandkids around regularly, you can set up “grandparental” controls to limit screen time.

Senior tip:

Senior tip: While T-Mobile’s internet app doesn’t have a content filter to limit the websites and apps the little ones are allowed to visit, it does let you set the days and times they can go online.

Unlimited 5G internet from T-Mobile is here

We’re big fans of T-Mobile’s internet plans, as there are no price hikes, data limits, or contracts.

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Does T-Mobile Offer a Senior Discount for Internet?

T-Mobile isn’t running any senior discounts at the moment. However, the fixed $50 monthly fee with no data caps feels designed as an alternative to expensive plans with more fine print than actually senior-friendly perks. Remember that the $50 offer is only good if you “autopay.” Without autopay, your bill will run $55 per month.

AutoPay is one way to save with T-Mobile, but that isn’t the only way. With T-Mobile, you don’t have to pay the monthly equipment rental fees you would with, say, AT&T. Those fees add up. Because there are no contracts, you won’t get ambushed by any extra cancellation fees either. So, again, this is a plan whose value is a fundamental part of it.

There are some ways to get a discount. New customers who bundle select phone plans can have the $50-a-month fee slashed to $40 or even $35 monthly. These deals also include a subscription to Apple TV and/or Netflix. T-Mobile makes it worth your while if you’re looking for a new cell phone carrier. Remember that these deals change throughout the year, so check what’s available when you sign up!

Is T-Mobile Available in My Area?

Availability is the first thing you should check if you’re considering switching to T-Mobile. Even if you previously enrolled in a T-Mobile 55+ Unlimited cell phone plan, that doesn’t mean you get T-Mobile’s internet service where you live. It’s still a rollout, so while your friends down the street might have T-Mobile internet already, you might not be able to get it just yet.

FYI:

FYI: 5G networks are often touted for their speed, but they also offer considerably more bandwidth, which means faster connections and more simultaneously connected devices.

The good news is that it’s easy to find out if you’re eligible for T-Mobile internet. Just head on over to the T-Mobile website and enter your home address. They’ll tell you quickly if there’s coverage in your area.

T-Mobile Bundles to Get the Best Deal

On the hunt for a senior phone plan to go with your home internet? You’re in luck! T-Mobile offers an internet and phone bundle. Add any T-Mobile 55+ package to your T-Mobile Home Internet plan to decrease the cost of your internet bill. You’ll save $10 per month with an Essentials 55 plan, and you can save $20 if you opt for the Go5G Plus plan. T-Mobile’s 55+ plans start at $45 monthly for one line or $60 monthly for a two-line plan. All three of T-Mobile’s senior phone plans come with unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as other great perks. Head to our T-Mobile review to learn more about T-Mobile’s cell phone plans for seniors.

How Does T-Mobile Compare to Other Internet Providers?

T-Mobile’s no-nonsense internet service isn’t a one-stop entertainment shop. You’re essentially paying for an internet connection. So, if daily entertainment means surfing hundreds of TV channels, you might want to look at Spectrum’s internet plans or AT&T’s internet deals. You can bundle TV and internet to get the most bang for your buck. The downside to both options is that the freedom to surf so many channels comes with price hikes after the first year, contracts to sign, and equipment rental fees.

Pro Tip:

Pro Tip: T-Mobile’s Gateway device isn’t like a traditional broadband router. For the best household coverage, you’ll need to find a place in the house with a strong T-Mobile signal — usually on an upper floor and near a window with an electrical outlet nearby.

If you don’t need hundreds of channels, and your idea of a perfect Saturday night is popcorn and Netflix, signing up for a T-Mobile plan makes more sense, especially if you aren’t a heavy internet user. For $60 and change — a standard-definition Netflix subscription will run you about $15 per month — you’re good to go.

If you are looking for a new internet provider but need help understanding what to look for, check out our 2024 internet buyer’s guide for seniors. It’s got links to useful reviews and plenty of other resources for seniors — from food delivery guides to advice on how to speed up your internet connection.

The Bottom Line on T-Mobile Home Internet

T-Mobile takes all the surprises out of your internet bill. There are no equipment fees ($10 per month with other providers), installation fees (another $99 saved), or cancellation fees. Most importantly, your bill won’t go up after a year. If you ever ended up paying $80 per month for an internet plan you thought would cost you $60, T-Mobile’s flat $50 fee will be a breath of fresh air.

Bottom line? If you can’t live without a fast internet connection, we suggest waiting a few months for those T-Mobile internet speeds to take wing. Otherwise, if it’s just a question of ditching your 100-plus TV channels for a basic internet plan and a Netflix subscription, T-Mobile will cut down substantially on your monthly internet bill.

Frequently Asked Questions About T-Mobile Home Internet

Written By:
Taylor Shuman
Senior Tech Expert & Editor
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As SeniorLiving.org’s tech expert and editor, Taylor has years of experience reviewing products and services for seniors. She is passionate about breaking down stigmas related to seniors and technology. She loves finding innovative ways to teach seniors about products and… Learn More About Taylor Shuman