T-Mobile launched its 5G home internet service in April of 2021. T-Mobile is currently offering high speed residential internet service across many areas of the United States. Speeds of up to 200 Mbps are advertised and some users are reporting even higher speeds. Right now the service is not available in all regions. These plans currently come with truly unlimited data. They are also very competitively priced at $60 per month with no additional taxes or fees. Due to their competitive pricing and unlimited data many RV owners are interested in if the service can be mobile. Interest has also been seen in the yachting community. Truly unlimited 5G data at $60 per month would be a dream come true for many. Some users have reported success taking their T-Mobile home internet routers with them when traveling with varying degrees of success. This raises the question, Can T-Mobile home internet be used in an RV?
Unfortunately the answer is a solid no! T-Mobile home internet can’t be used in an RV, Camper, or Yacht. T-Mobile explicitly markets the service as a 5G fixed wireless internet service. This is meant to compete with services such as Comcast, Verizon Fios, and Spectrum for home internet service.
Why is the Service Not Mobile
As you can probably tell T-Mobile 5G home internet works very much like a mobile hotspot. The T-Mobile 5G home gateway connects to T-Mobile’s 5G / 4G networks, and then broadcasts a home Wi-Fi network that you connect your devices to. It is very much like a mobile hotspot without a battery. For this reason many people want to be able to take the device with them when traveling. There is a very specific reason that T-Mobile does not allow this.
As part of selling the service they ensure that the local cell tower has enough capacity to meet the additional demands of offering this service. This is especially given the unlimited nature of the plans. This is one of the reasons that the service is only offered in certain zip codes.
T-Mobile does not want this to negatively impact their cell phone users which are still at the core of their business. 5G home internet is a new offering that T-Mobile wants to make sure doesn’t negatively affect their largest group of customers.
Will T-Mobile Lock the Gateway to Your Location
There are reports of people successfully taking their T-Mobile home internet gateway outside of their home service address and using it. Technically this is against T-Mobiles terms of service. T-Mobile could shut down your device or even terminate your account if they wish. If you need a mobile solution look at one of their many mobile data service offerings. Check out these T-Mobile frequently asked questions.
October 2022 Update
There are numerous reports across the internet, especially on YouTube that show people successfully using T-Mobile Home Internet in an RV. This is technically against the terms of service of the plan. Whether T-Mobile will shut these accounts down is another question entirely. Right now the answer for most people appears to be no. However, we do not recommend this practice whatsoever. The risks are simply not worth it, especially given the other mobile friendly options out there.
No 5G is not better for home internet than traditional home broadband services such as Comcast, AT&T fiber, and Verizon FIOS. 5G home internet is generally slower and less reliable, especially during peak hours. For most people 5G is not better than their home broadband.
No, T-Mobile is tied to your service address. This is because T-Mobile home internet is a fixed wireless internet service. It is not intended to be mobile. If you need mobile internet T-Mobile has other services that you should check out.
5G home internet will be able to compete with existing home internet services that use wires to deliver service. At the present moment 5G home internet is not as fast a fiber or cable based internet. This may change as 5G speeds increase. Cable will likely continue to get faster as well
Yes you can stream video from most popular providers using T-Mobile home internet. Unlimited data makes it a great choice for streamers.