Following a trial launch in select markets in March, Verizon Wireless has officially expanded its HomeFusion residential LTE broadband service across its LTE coverage area around the country. As previously reported, Verizon HomeFusion is designed as the last mile substitute for residential areas not covered by Verizon’s DSL or FiOS deployments and is meant for those customers without a viable fixed line broadband option otherwise.
The service consists of a Cantenna, mounted outside the home at its highest point, modified with multiple internal antennae to increase indoor reception and will be installed at no charge, while the equipment cost will be set at $199.99. The actual installation will be handled through Asurion while Verizon will also provide the router which will allow for four wired connections and up to 20 wireless connections via Wi-Fi.
Pricing for the offering is set at three tiers, with plans starting at $59.99 for 10GB of access, 20GB of data for $89.99 per month, or $120 per month for 30GB of data and all have an overage rate of $10/1GB past each respective allowance. Starting today, new customers will be getting their monthly data allowance doubled for the first two months (20GB for $59.99, 40GB for $89.99, and 60GB for $120) as an introductory promotion.
With the addition and nationwide expansion of the HomeFusion service, it’s also seeking to target its LTE network to those looking for a more reliable and less costly alternative to satellite broadband access, such as those living outside of city limits or newly developed suburban divisions that haven’t had cable/DSL/FiOS infrastructure deployed. The expansion also means that Verizon Wireless is confident enough in the stability of its network to expand the offering outside of the initial test markets, as the carrier has had multiple high-profile issues with LTE network outages in the past few months.
Even though HomeFusion is targeted as a residential offering, one key issue will be how Verizon prioritizes those HomeFusion users in terms of network access compared to smartphone owners and LTE hotspots as well as the higher pricing and monthly usage tiers that are closer to monthly satellite access with expensive per gigabyte overages.