AT&T launches new LTE-based home phone and Internet service

By , Jul 30, 2013

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AT&T launched a new home phone and Internet service this week, which relies on the carrier’s LTE and HSPA networks. The service works through a modem (free with a two-year contract) that needs only a power outlet and decent AT&T coverage to work.

The carrier refers to the new offering as its “Wireless Home Phone and Internet service,” and it runs $20 a month for the phone, and $60 per month for Internet. That’s only for 10GB though—you’ll pay as much as $120 for 30GB, and $10 for every GB over…

AT&T says that the wireless modem can supply Internet service for up to 10 devices via Wi-Fi, and can be used with customers’ existing wired telephones. And it’s completely portable, allowing you to use it wherever the carrier provides HSPA and LTE service.

Speaking of which, it’s worth noting that AT&T currently has the second largest LTE network in the US, next to Verizon, and it’s consistently been proven to be the fastest. The carrier also says it’s the most reliable, but the folks over at Big Red vehemently disagree.

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As for Verizon, it offers a similar product called HomeFusion Broadband. It only works with the carrier’s LTE network, though, and it only supports data connections—no voice calling. It’s pricing tier is the same as AT&T’s, ranging from $60 per month to $120.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen AT&T pitch a wireless services like this, and it won’t be the last. But I’m still not bought into the idea yet. While the LTE at my house is usually faster than my broadband Internet, I couldn’t deal with a 10GB or 20GB monthly cap.

According to FierceWireless, the service is now available in Baltimore, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Virginia, Washington D.C. and other East Coast locations. And AT&T plans to eventually rollout the two products to the rest of its wireless footprint.

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I use Netflix, Xbox Live and way to many other services to go with something like this. How about you?

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  • Victor

    Not really unless you’ve got the money then go for it

  • Lordthree

    This is the model they are all trying to switch to. Don’t get duped with a data cap

  • truehybridx

    Gotta just sit down and pout every time AT&T schemes up another way to get people on overpriced tiered internet :’(
    What companies are left with actual unlimited, use as much as you like, internet?

  • asdlb4

    Suck it AT&t!!!

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I like Xbox too

  • disqus_A4A0037mHI

    I’ll stick with my comcast, unlimited.

  • Jonathan

    I like Comcast

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Right now my home Internet is my iPhones 6GB tethering. I can’t get ANYTHING at my house except for satellite and it sucks ass so I choose this. I’m tired of waiting for even DSL.

  • Alexander Reimann

    Home internet needs to be unlimited… always
    The only exception would be if the mobile internet cap was raised to 20-30GB and it would include the device for at home for a minimal increase per month. Then it might be feasible for lower bandwidth users. I think last time I checked I used 200-300GB a month… My entire family watches HD videos on youtube/Netflix/Hulu plus etc all the time, since we don’t pay for TV service…

  • Carlos

    I stopped reading after, “That’s only for 10 GBs”

  • Imahottguy

    So imagine this: your home computer craps out on you. However, being a tech person you have cloud backups of your system done (not an entire image, those never seem to work 100%). So you reinstall the OS and fire up, in my case, Crashplan and hit restore. If you are like me, my backup is currently 120GB and fluctuates +/- 10GB, you have just went 11X over your plan. Capped home Internet cannot work. Heck the telcos don’t want you downloading big apps / media over cellular, thus the limitations in iTunes and App Store on iOS. I would love to see LTE speeds at home but it would have to work something like this: $60 gets you 20GB at LTE speeds. An app on your computer could tell which apps /connections / IPs get that speed. Everything else is 3G unlimited. After like 100GB of 3G you are throttled at peak time or something like that. I could see this working, though it is way over complicated for the average Joe to want to jump on board. Sounds better than 10GB included and then $40 for each additional (or whatev the overage charges are)

  • GlynT

    This and their Next plan are both ridiculous.

  • Fanboyofapple

    I can’t get DSL where I live because the stinking AT&T fiber-fed crossbox is capped for bandwidth! So I have Verizon HomeFusion and it sucks having a cap on it. It’s almost not worth having. I have to constantly monitor our data. No youtube vidoes, no netflix or any streaming video. I’m praying for some more feeder pairs for the crossbox.

    • Will NY

      hey, would it be possible to get more feedback on your HomeFusion experience ? would be awesome if you could email me at willterryny at gmail
      thanks so much!

  • Josh

    ill just stick with my jailbroken tmobile iphone 5 with unlimited internet and hotspot for 60 all unlimited and phone eip

  • Joe Benning

    Garbage. Same old thing with AT&T. This is almost as rediculous as their “layaway upgrade” option.