You’re likely already familiar with the three big contenders for mobile wireless: AT&T, T-Mobile/Sprint, and Verizon.
If you’ve ever wished you could get unlimited cell phone data and cancel your expensive satellite internet service then you’re in luck—because dozens of providers now offer LTE home internet service. For folks who live away from cable and fiber infrastructure, but within cell phone coverage areas, 4G LTE internet is an excellent option. It gives you average download speeds of 25 to 50 Mbps and (oh happy day!) unlimited data.
If you get Verizon LTE Home Internet with a mobile phone plan, it’s just $40 per month. If you get it alone, it’s $60. Just a heads up, though: you’ll need to buy Verizon’s $240 modem/router up front. Also, even though the service is provided through mobile data, Verizon LTE Home Internet service is tied to your location so it isn’t portable.
Verizon might not be available in your area yet, since it’s a new service. So there are a few others to try. T-Mobile offers a similar plan called T-Mobile Home Internet for $60 per month (with paperless billing and autopay discounts). It’s not available everywhere with T-Mobile coverage just yet, but coverage areas are growing.
Many MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) also offer a home LTE internet service (sometimes advertised as an unlimited mobile hotspot data plan). These providers buy data from one of the big three carriers and resell it as individual home internet plans.
Prices vary based primarily on which data network you’ll be using (Verizon is the most expensive, then AT&T, and the cheapest is T-Mobile). Many LTE home internet plans are portable, like Nomad Internet which you can take with you on trips and in RVs. Ladybug Wireless and UbiFi offer similar services.
We chose Verizon as our top pick for home internet from a mobile carrier, mainly due to its high marks for coverage from OpenSignal and RootMetrics. In fact, you won’t find better coverage from any other wireless provider. Verizon and T-Mobile aren't the only companies to offer home internet using cellular data.
Nomad Internet, Ladybug Wireless, and UbiFi operate on AT&T and T-Mobile towers. MVNO LTE home internet plans cost more than getting a home internet plan directly from T-Mobile or Verizon, although they’re available almost everywhere, are fully portable, and you can take them with you anywhere there’s cell service. You can also get one of these plans and use it as an unlimited mobile hotspot.