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  • T-Mobile Home Internet while RVing

    Recently we decided to try out T-Mobile Home Internet in our 5th Wheel. I went to a T-Mobile store close to the park where we were staying at the time and explained that we were RVing full time. They said to go ahead and try it out and setup the box for me in the store. It costs $50/mo and there is no equipment to buy. If you don't like the service, you can just return the small 5G router box and discontinue service at any time. You do need to supply a qualifying address and the one we gave them did qualify. You can check your home or other address on their website https://www.t-mobile.com/home-internet/eligibility to see if it qualifies.

    Here are the Speedtest (download/upload) results for 9 different parks across Utah, Nevada, and California:

    1 - 166/61 Mbps
    2 - 97/45
    3 - 11/8
    4 - 0/0
    5 - 62/21
    6 - 20/8
    7 - 97/10
    8 - 60/15
    9 - 103/41

    For park number 4 this was no surprise since none of the major cell phone providers had any service there as indicated by their online coverage maps. For park 9, even though the connection was excellent and the speeds fast, there were some times during the day when the speed would drop to almost nothing. I think this was because this cell tower was overloaded with too many T-Mobile subscribers, but most of the time it was fine.

    Overall we are very happy with the service so far. When compared to just my phone using 5G, the Home Internet is usually 2 - 10X faster. This is because of the superior antenna in the Home Internet box as compared to my phone. You can also try moving the box to different locations in the RV for best reception. There are also no data caps, throttling, or hotspot limits to worry about. We used 200GB of data in our first month, mostly by streaming TV on the ROKU TV including some 4K shows. The other advantage is that this service gives you wifi to all of your devices in your rig.

    2022 Solitude 346FLS

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    nomad2022 -- not available in my area (panhandle of Florida near Pensacola). :(
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    • #3
      nomad2022 we have this and are full-time as well. I have noticed when I am having speed issues that unplugging for about 5 minutes and plugging back in really helps. We will go from download speeds of 30-50 to 120-180. We are currently in southern Alabama.
      Scott & Mikaela
      2022 375 RES
      2020 F-350 DRW

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      • #4
        howson Howard, try a friends address. Guy at worked there address of one of his neighbors 3 doors down and they shipped it to his address. Strange but it worked.
        Joseph
        Tow
        Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
        Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021
        South of Houston Texas

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        • #5
          We use it at our property but got it while at a different address. We simply changed the address later. I wondered how it would work on the road as we use Starlink on road.
          Bill & Cindy
          2021 Transcend Xplor 221RB
          2021 Nissan Titan Pro4X
          Central Texas

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          • #6
            I think as long as there is T-mobile service it works. Speeds will vary based on the network in the area, but should still work.
            Joseph
            Tow
            Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
            Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021
            South of Houston Texas

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BillinTexas View Post
              We use it at our property but got it while at a different address. We simply changed the address later. I wondered how it would work on the road as we use Starlink on road.
              We used it while traveling from Colorado to Alabama. We traveled through Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, always had better service than our Verizon & AT&T phones. I had been looking at Starlink but with how well the T-Mobile is working I can’t justify the cost of Starlink. We watch tv, use our phones, printer, two laptops and 5 Blink cameras hooked up to it and no issues other than an occasional modem restart.
              Scott & Mikaela
              2022 375 RES
              2020 F-350 DRW

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              • #8
                Recently procured the T-Mobile Home Internet as well. In our first location using it, Corpus Christi TX. so far it has been great. During peak tower use times it does get lower priority over phones, so at rush hour and other peak times, it does get a little lag, but 95% of the time it has been great. Unlimited data for $50 /month is a great deal. I'll probably keep my Verizon Jetpack in our mobile internet arsenal to ensure coverage as we travel. At the T-Mobile store, the customer service rep didn't seem to care what address I gave her. The first address I gave was not eligible, so I started going through my contacts until I found an address that worked.

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