Best Fixed Wireless Internet Providers

We’ve picked the best fixed wireless providers for your rural internet needs, starting with Rise Broadband

Best Small Provider
Rise Broadband
Rise Broadband
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$39.95
/mo
Fixed wireless specialist
Low starting price
Unlimited data available
Best 5G Option
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starting from
$50
/mo
40-state availability
No installation fee
Unlimited data
Best 4G Option
Verizon
Verizon LTE Home Internet
Starts at
$50.00/mo
Bundles available
No installation fee
Unlimited data
Best Speeds
Zentro logo
Zentro
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$29/
/mo
Speeds of up to 1GB
Low starting price
Unlimited data
Brianne Sandorf
Jun 11, 2024
Icon Time To Read4 min read

Need internet but don’t have many options? You can always try fixed wireless, an uncommon but real solution for your lack of internet coverage.

Fixed wireless is when you use an antenna to tap in to an internet transmitter covering a small area, usually a few miles or so. While most providers don’t offer fixed wireless internet, you should find some available providers if you live in an underserved area.

Let’s look at the best fixed wireless internet providers and why they might suit you.

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Best fixed wireless internet providers
Provider
Monthly price
Download speeds
Data caps
Installation costs
Learn more
Rise Broadband$39.95-$6525-250 Mbps250 Mbps$149
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet$50-$70*72–245 MbpsUnlimitedNone
Verizon LTE Home$60-$6050-50 MbpsUnlimitedNone
Zentro$29.00–$59.0025–1,000MbpsUnlimitedNone
Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* w/ Auto Pay. Regulatory fees included in monthly price for qualified accounts. See full terms.

What to look for in a fixed wireless internet service

If you’re fixin’ to fix your internet with a fixed wireless provider, here’s what you should consider.

Fixed wireless features for residents of rural areas to consider:

  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Download speed
  • Upload speed
  • Contract length
  • Data caps

Unfortunately, most fixed wireless services cost a lot but aren’t as fast as other internet offerings. Technically, an internet connection only has to reach 25Mbps download speed to be considered “high speed,” but your bandwidth usage might tell a different story.

And while upload speed is much less important than download speed, it’s good to think about anyway, especially if you have an upload-heavy profession or hobby. Think photography or video editing!

Rise Broadband: Best Small Provider

Rise Broadband
Rise Broadband
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
pro Fixed wireless specialist
pro Low starting price
pro Unlimited data available
Starting at
$39.95
/mo
Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Tired of giving your money to big corporations that don’t seem to need it? We suggest going with Rise, a smaller broadband company in 16 states that focuses on fixed wireless internet and has the lowest starting internet price on our list.

While Rise plans start off inexpensive, most are a bit pricier than its competitors (as often happens with small providers). Apart from the month-to-month costs, Rise also has some hefty one-time charges, like the $149 installation fee or a contract cancellation fee.

Still, even with higher prices, Rise offers several plans that meet a wide variety of needs. Each features high-speed internet, and half also have unlimited data caps so that you can stream 4K Netflix to your heart’s content.

And Rise now offers month-to-month options so that you can avoid a contract and early cancellation fees altogether.

Rise Broadband plans
Plan
Price
Download speeds
Data cap
Learn more
Internet 25Mbps$25/mo.25Mbps250Mbps
Internet 25Mbps Unlimited$55/mo.25 MbpsUnlimited
Internet 50Mbps$39.95/mo.50 Mbps250 Mbps
Internet 50Mbps Unlimited$65/mo.50 MbpsUnlimited
With successful activation. Offer available to new customers only. Limited-time offer. May not be combined with other offers. All prices are with Auto-payment enabled and are $5/month more without Auto-payment. Additional fees will apply. Service not available in all areas. Call for details and availability. Restrictions apply.

T-Mobile Home Internet: Best 5G option

4 out of 5 stars
4
pro 40-state availability
pro No installation fee
pro Unlimited data
Starting at
$60
/mo
Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

You’ve heard of 5G phone plans, but have you heard of 5G home internet? 5th-generation internet boasts faster speeds than older generations and is available through T-Mobile’s fixed wireless home internet plan.

T-Mobile has two plans that come in at $50 and $70 a month, has a download speed of up to 245Mbps, and has no contracts or data cap. That’s a lower cost but higher speed than Rise’s unlimited data plans. However, since T-Mobile has just one option, it lacks Rise’s versatility.

T-Mobile doesn’t require an installation fee and is available in 40 states, although it’s not as present in rural areas as we think it should be (yet).

T-Mobile Home Internet plans
Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Data cap
Learn more
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet Unlimited$50/mo.*72-245 Mbps15-31 MbpsUnlimited
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet Plus$70/mo.72-245 Mbps15-31 MbpsUnlimited
* w/ Auto Pay. Regulatory fees included in monthly price for qualified accounts. See full terms.

Verizon LTE Home Internet: Best 4G Option

pro Bundles available
pro No installation fee
pro Unlimited data
Starting at
$50
/mo

In areas where other Verizon plans aren’t available, you may be able to get Verizon 4G home internet (also known as Verizon LTE Home Internet). This fixed wireless service comes with the advantage of Verizon’s extensive network and can bundle with Verizon mobile.

Just remember, 4G is older than 5G but comes with similar advantages.

This internet service is pretty pricey, but as mentioned, Verizon’s 4G home internet is cheaper when you bundle it with Verizon mobile service. Verizon LTE plans are regularly $60–$80 a month with auto pay, so with these slower speeds with such high prices, bundling is for sure the way to go. You'll save $15–$25 a month.

To make things a even more affordable, Verizon’s fixed wireless service has no data caps, no contracts, and no installation fees.

Verizon LTE Home Internet plans
Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Data caps
Learn more
LTE Home$60/mo.25–50Mbps2–5MbpsUnlimited
LTE Home with mobile plan$35/mo.25–50Mbps2–5MbpsUnlimited
LTE Home Plus$80/mo.25–50Mbps2–5MbpsUnlimited
LTE Home Plus with mobile plan$45/mo.25–50Mbps2–5MbpsUnlimited

Zentro: Best Speeds

Zentro logo
Zentro
4 out of 5 stars
4
pro Speeds of up to 1GB
pro Low starting price
pro Unlimited data
Starting at
$29
/mo

Zentro (formerly Everywhere Wireless) is mainly available in Illinois. But we’re hoping the service expands because, man, is this Wi-Fi fast!

Zentro service is also affordable, although its starting price is higher than Rise Broadband’s. Plans start with 25Mbps for $29 a month and quickly increase speeds to 1,000 Mbps/1 gigabyte for $59 a month. Also, as far as we’ve been able to track, Zentro doesn’t have an installation fee or any data caps, making it an even better value.

Not only does Zentro have uber-fast download speeds, but it also has upload speeds to match (sometimes called symmetrical internet). And while we can’t think of a situation where you would need to upload something at 1,000 megabits per second, it never hurts to have the option.

Zentro also doesn’t have contracts (yay). But yeah, you have to move to Chicago or a surrounding area to take advantage of all this. Boo.

Zentro plans
Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Data cap
View Plans
Basic$29.00/mo.25Mbps25MbpsUnlimited
Turbo$39.00/mo.100Mbps100MbpsUnlimited
Most Popular$49.00/mo.500Mbps500MbpsUnlimited
Gigabit$59.00/mo.1GB1GBUnlimited

Recap: Best fixed wireless providers for home internet use

  • Rise Broadband: Rise is your best option for a small, fixed-wireless-only provider. The service has several different plans and offers unlimited data options.
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: Flex the power of 5G through T-Mobile’s fixed wireless option. There are only two plans, but they're available in most states.
  • Verizon LTE Home Internet: Try out 4G (and bundle it with your phone plan to save $15–$25 each month) with this Verizon option. With this fixed wireless option, there are no contracts or extra fees.
  • Zentro: Get speedy fixed wireless for less money through Zentro. If you live in Illinois, that is.

If you’re not sure that fixed wireless will solve your internet problems, check out our takes on the best internet service providers and best rural internet service providers.

Methodology

Here’s what we looked at when considering different fixed wireless services to include in this review:

  1. Price
  2. Speed
  3. Data caps
  4. Contracts
  5. Availability

We compared these metrics and assigned them star ratings to help you see which options are the best for you. Hopefully, our comparisons will help you find the correct balance of price and speed to fit within your budget and need.

One thing we did not discuss at length in this piece is customer service. Fixed wireless service is rather rare, so we mainly focused on availability versus other customer service aspects.

We’re aware that, sadly, most people don’t have many choices in their home internet, especially in rural areas. It’s hard to make extensive comparisons between services when there aren’t that many available. We hope our reviews will help you pick the best of what is available in the fixed wireless arena.

FAQ

Fixed wireless is an internet option tied to a single location. To use fixed wireless, you need an antenna that connects to a transmitter near you.

Fiber internet, such as Google Fiber, uses a physical fiber connection, while fixed wireless relies on signals from a nearby transmitter.

Also, with a fiber internet connection, you use an optical network terminal over a typical modem.

Yes, weather can affect any internet signal, including a fixed wireless one.

Brianne Sandorf
Written by
Brianne Sandorf
Brianne has a degree in English and creative writing from Westminster College and has spent 6+ years writing professional, research-based content. Before joining Reviews.org, she wrote safety and security content for ASecureLife.com. Her pieces and quotes are published across the web, including on MSN.com, Social Catfish, and Parents.com. Hobbies include wearing a seatbelt, wearing a life jacket, and keeping her arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Contact her at brianne@reviews.org.

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