Infuse 4G LTE into your home with Verizon's HomeFusion Broadband service
posted by FAUguy
May 02, 2012, 2:43 PM
Verizon Wireless is no stranger in offering devices for home use, such as the HUB (which was discontinued) and more recent Home Phone Connect, which connects your home phone to Verizon's CDMA wireless phone network.
But why stop there? Now you can infuse your home with Verizon's 4G LTE data network with their new HomeFusion Broadband service. The device, which costs $199.99 upfront with a 2-year contract & free installation, consists of an external cylinder antenna that is attached to the side of your home. It then feeds the data to a special Verizon router, which then connects via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n or Ethernet Cable to your Internet devices. Verizon states that data speeds would be between 5-12 Mbps for downloads and 2-5 Mbps for uploads.
Seems pretty simple enough. Then you think....what about data pricing? That's the catcher - as the 10GB monthly data allowance will cost you $60, or 20GB for $90, and 30GB for $120. If you go over your limit, your are then billed $10 for each 1GB of use, but for the first two months they will allow you to use up to 50% more of your data plan. For example, the 10GB plan would give you 15GB for the first two months.
Granted these data prices are a bit better than what Verizon charges for smartphones and tablets, but still not as competitive as what most cable companies offer. Comcast, for example, offers their Performance Internet speed of 20 Mbps download & 4 Mbps upload for $62/month, which comes with a data cap of 250GB per month - but also offers slower & faster speed tiers at different prices. AT&T U-verse is similar.
Are you interested in Verizon's HomeFusion Broadband service, or do you plan to keep your current ISP?
Verizon Wireless today announced that HomeFusion Broadband℠, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access leveraging the power and speed of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, will be available throughout the country starting Thursday, May 3.
HomeFusion Broadband offers customers a reliable alternative for residential broadband, especially in areas with limited broadband choices. It provides connectivity for a wide range of devices, including computers and gaming consoles, using the Verizon 4G LTE network, which is now available in 230 markets covering more than two-thirds of the population in the United States.
“HomeFusion Broadband is another example of Verizon Wireless’ commitment to providing our customers with the most innovative products and services,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. “With HomeFusion Broadband, customers across the United States, in towns large and small, will have the chance to link devices to the Internet and take advantage of the speed, coverage and connectivity offered by our 4G LTE network.”
How it works
HomeFusion Broadband uses a professionally installed, cylinder-shaped antenna attached to a customer’s home. The antenna’s innovative design includes multiple internal antennae, allowing the device to pick up the best Verizon 4G LTE signal available and transmit it to a broadband router inside the home. The router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon 4G LTE customers, including HomeFusion Broadband customers, should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Pricing and availability
Customers who choose HomeFusion Broadband can opt for one of several usage-based plans specifically designed for the service: $60 monthly access for 10 GB of data, $90 monthly access for 20 GB or $120 monthly access for 30 GB ($10 per GB after allowance). A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies and installation is free. Customers get 50 percent more data allowance for the first two full billing cycles of service.
HomeFusion Broadband has been available in six markets since March, and beginning later this week, it can be purchased in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation. For more information about HomeFusion Broadband, go to www.verizonwireless.com/homefusionbroadband or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store.
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