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Verizon Launches 4G LTE Alternative in the Home

by Sean P. Aune | March 6, 2012March 6, 2012 9:00 am PDT

HomeFusion

As difficult as it may be for some to believe, there are still parts of the United States without DSL, cable or fiber optic Internet service. Verizon now has a solution for those folks.

Verizon is introducing a new service called HomeFusion that will allow you to take advantage of the carrier’s 4G LTE network in your home.  Available later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow.  This new service will see you using a special antenna to pick up the LTE signal and then connecting to a Wi-Fi router to use it like you would any other Internet service in your home.

This option is not going to be cheap, however, with it running $59.99 for monthly access for 10 GB of data and a one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies for the antenna.  This is truly for those folks who have no other options available to them other than dial-up.
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Homefusion broadband FROM VERIZON POWERS IN-HOME INTERNET CONNECTIVITY WITH 4G LTE

Verizon’s First Residential Wireless Broadband Solution Harnesses High Speed of 4G LTE Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today introduced HomeFusion Broadband: a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using the power and speed of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. The solution will offer households in areas with limited broadband options a reliable alternative for data connectivity in their homes.

“HomeFusion Broadband is just one of the new products and services that is made possible with our 4G LTE network,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. “Customers want to connect more and more devices in their homes to the Internet, and HomeFusion Broadband gives them a simple, fast and effective way to bring the most advanced wireless connection from Verizon into their homes.”

The 4G LTE network is efficiently delivered to an antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home. The cylinder-shaped antenna is professionally installed at the customer’s home, and the product’s innovative design includes multiple internal antennae allowing the device to pick up Verizon’s 4G LTE signal. The broadband router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi, including everything from computers to gaming consoles.

HomeFusion Broadband will be available beginning later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow. Verizon Wireless is working with Asurion, a trusted leader in consumer technology protection services, for installation.

Customers can choose several usage-based plans, beginning at $59.99 monthly access for 10 GB of data, specifically designed for HomeFusion Broadband. A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies, and installation is free.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 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.
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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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