Widely known as one of the best cellular providers for seniors, T-Mobile now offers home internet service across the United States. Through its combination of speeds up to 100 Mbps, quick installation, and no long-term contracts, it’s one of our favorite providers overall.
While T-Mobile does not offer a senior discount or senior-specific plan, we think T-Mobile home internet is a great option for those who want affordable internet with no hidden fees.
Pro Tip: In addition to the internet, T-Mobile is also one of our favorite cellular providers. To learn more, take a look at our guide to T-Mobile senior plans.
T-Mobile Home Internet Plans and Pricing
Unlike other providers, T-Mobile offers just one internet plan that costs $50 per month and provides download speeds up to 100 Mbps. To find out specific pricing in your area –– and whether or not T-Mobile covers your territory –– visit their website and plug in your ZIP code.
|T-Mobile Home Internet
||Starting at $50 per month
How to Purchase T-Mobile Internet
To purchase T-Mobile home internet, go to their website and enter your ZIP code to check if service is available at your home address. While T-Mobile is rapidly expanding its service area, it’s not yet available everywhere.
Once you confirm that service is available in your area, you’ll enter your contact information. From there, a T-Mobile representative will walk you through the purchasing process and take your billing information.
Savings Tip: While T-Mobile advertises its internet service for $50 per month, this price reflects the amount you pay when enrolled in AutoPay, a service that automatically bills your credit card or checking account each month.
Once you’ve completed your transaction, T-Mobile will send you a Wi-Fi gateway device, which provides the connection throughout your home. We were pleased to find that this device came at no extra cost. Most providers will require you to rent a router for an additional monthly fee.
Once we received the Wi-Fi gateway, setting it up was as easy as plugging it in, syncing it with our T-Mobile app, and waiting about a minute for the connection to establish. Overall, the process was very simple and quick. The only caveat is that you’ll need a smartphone in order to set up your home internet.
T-Mobile Internet Speeds
When we spoke to a T-Mobile representative, he explained that their internet speeds vary with location, ranging from 25-100 Mbps. To put this in perspective, 25 Mbps is enough to stream high-definition video on one device without sacrificing quality.
In our experience, our speeds were consistently around 100 Mbps, an impressive speed for the price. What’s more, T-Mobile doesn’t put limits on the amount of data you use. For example, Viasat internet will decrease your internet speeds after you reach a data threshold. T-Mobile, however, keeps your speeds consistent regardless of how much data you use.
T-Mobile Home Internet vs. Spectrum
The best way to purchase T-Mobile home internet is through their website, where you can check internet plan availability in your area. Simply enter your home address to find the plans offered where you live.
After selecting your plan, you’ll need to fill out your contact information and other details. When I selected Unlimited Bronze 12, the total came out to $49.99, plus the equipment lease fee of $12.99 per month. There was a disclaimer that said the price would increase to $69.99 after three months. Naturally, I’d have preferred that my internet price didn’t increase at all. However, I appreciated that they were honest about this, as many other providers bury this information in the fine print.
||$50 per month
||$49.99 per month
||After the first year
In terms of pricing, both T-Mobile and Spectrum offer internet for about $50 per month; however, T-Mobile’s price is fixed while Spectrum’s will rise after the first year. Additionally, T-Mobile requires no long-term contracts, unlike T-Mobile.
On the other hand, Spectrum offers potentially higher speeds than T-Mobile, and they also offer bundled savings when you purchase a cable plan with them as well as internet.
What we appreciate most about T-Mobile internet is its transparency. The $50 per month covered everything we needed, and there were no hidden fees for equipment, installation, activation or overages. Setup, use, and payment were all seamless with T-Mobile.
While Xfinity, Cox, and AT&T all offer the potential for higher internet speeds, T-Mobile’s 25-100 Mbps is perfect for most people (unless you have several video gamers in your household). For these reasons, T-Mobile is one of our picks for the best internet for seniors.
To learn more about other internet providers for seniors, take a look at our guides: