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T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber: Which Internet Provider Is Best for You?

Comparing two providers who have shaken up the telecom industry in different ways.

  • Best prices
    • Customer rating: 4.1/5*
    • Price: $40.00-$60.00/mo.
    • Speed: 72–245Mbps
    • Internet type: 5G Home
    • Data cap: Unlimited
    • Contract: None
  • Most options
    • Customer rating: 4.3/5*
    • Price: $70.00–$150.00/mo.
    • Speed: 1–8Gbps (1,000–8,000Mbps)
    • Internet type: Fiber
    • Data cap: Unlimited
    • Contract: None

Compare T-Mobile and Google Fiber head-to-head

Both T-Mobile and Google Fiber are relative newcomers to the internet business, with Google Fiber kicking off the fiber boom of the 2010s and T-Mobile leading the way with the current wave of 5G home internet. Although fiber is faster and more reliable than 5G, Google Fiber is still only available in a handful of cities, whereas T-Mobile is already available nationwide.

It should be noted that while T-Mobile’s nationwide coverage is one of its key advantages, not all areas within that coverage are equal. T-Mobile’s speeds vary considerably, and 5G speeds are most widely available in large urban areas, while more rural areas can expect speeds on the low end of T-Mobile’s estimate.

Pros and cons: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

Pros:

  • Widely available
  • Lower cost

Cons:

  • Limited 5G coverage
  • Lower speeds
  • Less reliable connection

Pros:

  • Gigabit speeds
  • Reliable connection

Cons:

  • Higher cost
  • Limited availability

 

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Plans and pricing: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

Both T-Mobile and Google Fiber have simple, straightforward pricing methods, which is a breath of fresh air for anyone who’s had to deal with surprises on their monthly internet bill. T-Mobile is the cheaper option, but Google Fiber’s not far behind.

T-Mobile plans and pricing

PackagePrice*SpeedDetails
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
  • $40.00/mo. with a Go5G Next, Go5G Plus, or Magenta® MAX phone plan*
  • $50.00/mo. with any Voice plan*
  • 72–245Mbps

    T-Mobile’s 5G Home Internet plan is a great choice if you’re going wireless. You get good value in terms of speed versus cost, along with unlimited data, which is rare for a wireless provider.

    T-Mobile’s 5G network can reach pretty decent speeds, but 5G is not available across its entire coverage area, especially in more rural areas where wireless connections are most widely used. This is why there’s such a large range in T-Mobile’s speed estimates. Customers in larger cities are more likely to get the 5G speeds at the high end of that range, but these areas are also more likely to have access to even faster wired connections like cable and fiber.

    Google Fiber plans and pricing

    PackagePriceSpeedDetails
    Google Fiber 1 Gig $70.00/mo.*1Gbps (1,000Mbps)
    Google Fiber 2 Gig $100.00/mo.*2Gbps (2,000Mbps)
    Google Fiber 5 Gig $125.00/mo.5Gbps (5,000Mbps)
    Google Fiber 8 Gig $150.00/mo.8Gbps (8,000Mbps)

    Google Fiber gives an amazing value to customers that need a fast connection. It’s one of the smaller nationwide internet service providers (ISPs), but it has had a huge impact in popularizing fiber home internet. Its plans start at a slightly higher price than T-Mobile, but you get much more speed for your dollar.

    Fiber is the fastest, most reliable way to connect to the internet and even the most basic fiber plans are still way ahead of where 5G internet is right now.

    Deals and promotions: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    T-Mobile Home Internet

     

    Order T-Mobile 5G Home Internet and get a rebate for a $50 Prepaid MasterCard.

     

    Get the 1 Gig plan for $70 per month to have 1,000 Mbps speeds with no data caps and free installation.

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    Extra fees: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Equipment FeeInstallation FeeOther Fees
    T-Mobile Home Internet NoneSelf-installationNone
    NoneFree professional installationNone

    Neither T-Mobile nor Google Fiber charge you extra fees on top of your monthly bill, which is awesome. New T-Mobile customers have to self-install their equipment, which is fairly easy to do, even if you’ve never done it before. T-Mobile has an app that will walk you through the process from start to finish.

    Google Fiber comes with free professional installation, which is even better. Also, they do a great job, which is just more bonus points.

    Customer ratings: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Overall RatingSpeed RatingPrice RatingReliability RatingCustomer Service Rating
    T-Mobile Home Internet 4.1/54.0/54.1/53.9/54.1/5
    4.3/54.3/54.0/54.3/54.2/5

    T-Mobile was the highest ranked among nationwide providers in our annual customer satisfaction survey, blowing away the competition in overall satisfaction by a decent margin. T-Mobile has been putting a lot of effort into their move to being a provider of home internet, and customers seem to be recognizing that effort.

    We didn’t receive enough responses from Google Fiber customers to include it in our nationwide rankings, however, those who did respond gave it incredibly high marks, even higher than those of T-Mobile. With fewer responses, these results should be taken with a grain of salt, but anecdotal evidence definitely supports the idea that Google Fiber customers are very satisfied with their service.

    Internet types: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Internet typeDetails
    T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home
    Fiber

    T-Mobile provides 5G home internet, which is one of the newest and fastest wireless internet technologies. 5G is cellular technology, but its high speeds make it a great way to deliver wireless home internet. However, these high speeds are not available across T-Mobile’s entire nationwide footprint.

    To reach into less densely populated areas, 5G providers use multiple bands of radio frequencies to maximize the number of households they can reach. This accounts for the wide range of advertised speeds you see advertised with 5G Home internet. Customers in rural areas will get speeds toward the lower end of that advertised range, while those in urban areas that are closer to 5G infrastructure will get higher speeds.

    Google Fiber offers fiber-to-the-home internet. Fiber technology is the backbone of the entire internet, and Google Fiber uses that same technology to connect your home to that core network. In addition to being the fastest internet option available, fiber has low latency, which is good for video chat and online games, and high upload speeds, which is good for streamers and other content creators.

    Data caps: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Data CapDetails
    T-Mobile Home Internet None
    None

    Neither T-Mobile nor Google Fiber have data caps, and we think that’s great. This is especially impressive for T-Mobile, since satellite and wireless internet providers often struggle to manage traffic on their networks without imposing harsh data limits. T-Mobile is showing that it can be done, and we hope that other providers follow suit.

    Contracts: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Contract lengthDetails
    T-Mobile Home Internet None
    None

    Once again, both T-Mobile and Google Fiber get perfect scores for contracts because neither one has them. We definitely think that this is how it should be done by all internet providers. Companies that are confident that the service they provide is valuable don’t need to threaten their customers to keep them around.

    Installation: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    Installation optionsDetails
    T-Mobile Home Internet
    • Self-installation
    • Free professional installation

    Neither provider charges for installation, though for T-Mobile customers, self-installation is required. T-Mobile equipment is designed to be easy to set up, so it doesn’t offer professional installation. It does provide an app to walk you through the process, so even those who aren’t technically proficient shouldn’t have any difficulty setting up their new connection.

    Google Fiber comes with free professional installation, which makes the process even easier. Our experience with Google Fiber installation has been better than with any other provider, so we’re confident in giving them our highest recommendation.

    Availability: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    T-Mobile has absolutely massive nationwide coverage in stark contrast to Google Fiber, which is only available in a few select cities. For most people, this will be the deciding factor because if you don’t live in a Google Fiber city, there’s not much you can do about it. Google Fiber is expanding into new cities and new neighborhoods, but most people looking for an internet provider need it right now, so it’s worth keeping an eye on Google Fiber’s progress, but you’ve got to go with what you’ve got.

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    Final call: T-Mobile vs. Google Fiber

    If you have the option of both T-Mobile and Google Fiber in your area, Google Fiber is the clear winner. It gives you the most value for your money, it provides the highest speeds, and it’s the most reliable connection you can get.

    Of course, if you don’t have access to Google Fiber, T-Mobile is also an excellent choice. Besides having impressive speeds for a wireless connection, T-Mobile’s straightforward pricing and unlimited data are big selling points.

    Methodology

    Our HighSpeedInternet.com editorial team bases our analyses on customer input from our annual customer satisfaction survey, results from our speed test tool, and proprietary internet provider data on speeds and pricing. To strengthen our research, we look closely at provider contracts to get hard-to-find information on price hikes, data caps, and extra fees, and we keep tabs on the latest news reports and online reviews. When applicable, we also rely on our personal experiences testing these services.

    Author -

    Peter Christiansen writes about satellite internet, rural connectivity, livestreaming, and parental controls for HighSpeedInternet.com. Peter holds a PhD in communication from the University of Utah and has been working in tech for over 15 years as a computer programmer, game developer, filmmaker, and writer. His writing has been praised by outlets like Wired, Digital Humanities Now, and the New Statesman.

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