Verizon officially launched its 5G home internet service in 2018, but has greatly increased its footprint in 2022. Verizon is currently offering high speed 5G residential internet service across many areas of the United States. Speeds of up to 300 Mbps are advertised and some users are reporting even higher speeds. As of June 2022 the service is not available in most regions. The Verizon 5G home internet plans currently come with truly unlimited data. They are also very competitively priced at $25 -$70 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 / sailiing community. Truly unlimited 5G data at $50 per month would be a dream come true for so many living on the move. Some users have reported taking their Verizon 5G home internet routers with them when traveling with varying degrees of success. This raises an interesting question, Can Verizon 5G home internet be used in an RV, Camper or Yacht?
Unfortunately the answer is a solid no! Verizon 5G home internet can’t be used in an RV, Camper, or Yacht. Verizon 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. This is not meant to replace jetpacks and other portable hotspot devices.
Why is the Service Not Mobile
As you can probably tell Verizon 5G home internet works very much like a mobile hotspot. The Verizon 5G home gateway connects to Verizon’s 5G / 4G networks, and then creates a home Wi-Fi network using network address translation that you connect your devices to. It is the same technology used by a mobile hotspot. For this reason many people want to be able to take the device with them when traveling. There is a very specific reason that Verizon does not allow this.
When selling the service they ensure Verizon verifies the local cell towers have enough capacity to meet the additional demands of offering this 5G home internet service. This is especially important given the truly unlimited nature of the plans. This is one of the reasons that the service is only offered in certain zip codes. It is also important to note that data for Verizon 5G home internet is deprioritized in comparison to 5G cell phone data.
Verizon does not want this to negatively impact their cell phone users which are still the bread and butter of their business. 5G home internet is a new offering that Verizon wants to make sure doesn’t negatively affect their largest group of customers. Verizon 5G is a cell phone first service.
Will Verizon Lock the Gateway to Your Location
There are some reports of people successfully taking their Verizon home internet gateway outside of their home service address and using it. This is clearly against Verizon terms of service. Verizon could shut down your device, terminate your account, or even take legal action if they wish. If you need a mobile solution look at one of Verizon’s many mobile data service offerings. Check out these Verizon frequently asked questions.
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.
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 Verizon 5G home internet. Unlimited data makes it a great choice for streamers.