Verizon Wireless’ HomeFusion Broadband has been available in six markets since March, but it now has reached nationwide status.
According to the carrier, “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.”
Here’s how it works: HomeFusion Broadband uses a professionally installed, cylinder-shaped antenna attached to a customer’s home. The antenna 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 as many as 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 Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink,” it adds.
Several usage-based plans are available: $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 $199.99 equipment fee of applies, but installation is free. As a perk, Verizon says its HomeFusion customers get 50-percent more data allowance for the first two full billing cycles of service.