T-Mobile executives announced today several initiatives around the company’s expansive 5G network, including a $60-per-month T-Mobile Home Internet plan, smartphone upgrades, and more.
The initiatives are all part of what the Bellevue-based company terms the #5GforAll era.
T-Mobile Home Internet launched today with more than 30 million households eligible on its first day of service, including about 10 million in underserved parts of rural America, with plans to continue to expand access.
“Since the beginning of the digital age, connectivity for rural America has been an afterthought,” T-Mobile Senior Vice President Edwige Robinson said in a statement. “One of our most important goals is to ensure that small-town America is not left behind during the transition to 5G. This is why 5G for All will span across the country — small towns as well as big cities, rural communities as well as the suburbs.”
T-Mobile Home Internet is $60 per month, with autopay, and with no added taxes, fees, equipment fees, or contracts, the company said in a news release. It includes average speeds of 100 Mbps for most new customers with unlimited data and no caps; is 5G-powered with T-Mobile shipping a 4G/5G gateway to customers’ homes; and is easy to set up via an app, T-Mobile said.
Other initiatives include free 5G phone upgrades that allow someone to trade in any mobile phone and get a 5G smartphone for free; an offer for new customers to upgrade to unlimited data with access to T-Mobile’s 5G network for equal or less cost than they paid with other carriers; and T-Mobile Hometown to bring 5G to rural America, hire 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities over the next few years, and provide $25 million in grants for community development projects.
For the phone upgrade, T-Mobile will provide a free Samsung Galaxy A32 5G smartphone to T-Mobile postpaid customers. The offer applies to new and existing customers and any old phone in working condition. Customers get the 5G smartphone after 24 monthly bill credits and payment of sales tax.
For the unlimited data, new customers can trade up to unlimited data and full access to T-Mobile’s 5G network at the same or better price than they currently have. It also applies to existing T-Mobile postpaid customers, including all former Sprint customers still on a limited data plan, the release said.
With T-Mobile Hometown, the Un-carrier plans to build hundreds of new retail stores in small towns across America over the next two years. These new stores will create 5,000 direct new jobs, plus thousands more in construction and services to build and maintain them, the company said. Where T-Mobile can’t place retail stores, it will offer Hometown Experts as T-Mobile representatives in communities who can connect people to T-Mobile’s 5G network and Home Internet service.
T-Mobile plans to hire 2,500 Hometown Experts in 2,500 small towns.
T-Mobile said it’s also launching a new program called Hometown Grants to contribute $25 million during the next five years to help fund community development projects in rural areas across the country.
A webcast of today’s announcements is available here.