Verizon Wireless announced that HomeFusion Broadband for high-speed in-home Internet access its 4G LTE network using what some call the "can-tenna" which looks like a bucket of ice cream, turned upside down. The antenna is on display at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans. The service is a usage-based model and data could get canned quickly. The problem with this broadband-in-a-can solution, is the can runs out of data and you have keep buying more.
HomeFusion Broadband is for areas where there no other strong options and uses the Verizon 4G LTE network, which is now available in 230 markets covering more than two-thirds of the population in the United States.
HomeFusion Broadband uses a professionally installed water-resistant cylinder-shaped antenna attached to a customer’s home designed to pick up the best Verizon 4G LTE signal available and transmit it to a broadband router inside the home. The router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi.
Verizon claims that 4G LTE customers, including HomeFusion Broadband customers in most areas should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
HomeFusion Broadband costs $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 equipment fee of $199.99 applies and installation is free. Customers get 50 percent more data allowance for the first two full billing cycles of service.
Buyers should note that one streaming two-hour HD movie can use up to 2GB of data.