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T-Mobile Introduces a Credit Check-Free Version of its 5G Home Internet

T-Mobile has announced a new 5G home internet plan that does not require applicants to pass a credit check. Customers will be able to sign up for the prepaid service at Metro retail stores, and it will be branded with T-Metro Mobile’s branding. This adds a prepaid alternative to T-$50-per-month Mobile’s plan, which has no data limitations or commitments and may appeal to people who don’t have decent internet options from established ISPs.

It’s encouraging to see T-Mobile offer a plan that doesn’t require credit clearance (especially given the state of credit reporting in the US). However, there are a few important caveats to be aware of if you’re considering using the program.

T-router Mobile is included in the $50 per month (with autopay) postpaid non-Metro plan, but you’ll have to pay $99 for it upfront with the Metro option. To join up, you must also have “one or more voice lines,” which is not a necessity for the postpaid option.

There are a few other asterisks that are common in T-5G Mobile’s home internet Metro and non-Metro variants. The most important requirement is that you must reside at an eligible address, which not everyone will. If T-network Mobile becomes overcrowded, you may experience slower internet connections, and you’ll have to pay an extra $5 per month if you don’t want to use autopay.

Metro consumers will have the same internet speeds, equipment, and pricing as T-postpaid Mobile’s 5G home internet customers, according to an email from T-Mobile spokesperson Elizabeth Seelinger to The Verge.

T-5G Mobile’s home internet service is not without its critics. Though it’s easy to envision some hidden motives, Comcast’s CEO has derided it. It likewise didn’t work well for me during my month of testing, while it’s likely that others will have better results than I did – in fact, several commenters praised it. Because T-Mobile does not need you to sign a contract or pay activation fees, I recommended that folks go out and try it to see if it works for them in my review.

Both of these things are true for the Metro version as well, but the $100 fee for the T-Mobile-only gateway makes it much less of a “try it” transaction. That makes it difficult for me to fully endorse T-new Mobile’s service; I’d hate to see someone switch to it just to discover that it isn’t ideal for them, leaving them in a bind.

Still, I’m glad to see that established ISPs are facing some competition, even if it comes from corporations that dominate another highly controlled market. T-Mobile is also providing an option for people who can’t pass a credit check or don’t have a credit card.

Both of these things are true for the Metro version as well, but the $100 fee for the T-Mobile-only gateway makes it much less of a “try it” transaction. That makes it difficult for me to fully endorse T-new Mobile’s service; I’d hate to see someone switch to it just to discover that it isn’t ideal for them, leaving them in a bind.

Still, I’m glad to see that established ISPs are facing some competition, even if it comes from corporations that dominate another highly controlled market. It’s also encouraging to see T-Mobile offering a plan for people who can’t pass a credit check.

What do you think?

Written by Emma Ava

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