Everyone has different needs when it comes to internet plans and providers. For example, if you live alone, have one or two devices, and only use the internet casually—you probably don't need the same download speeds as a large family who has a dozen smart devices, streams movies, plays a lot of games, and works from home.
Here's a look at the FCC's guidelines for ideal download speeds, based on usage1:
- Basic (email, browsing, basic video, VoIP, Internet radio on one or two devices) = 3 to 8 Mbps
- Medium (Basic + 1 high-demand application like streaming HD video, video conferencing, gaming, telecommuting) = 12 to 25 Mbps
- Advanced (Basic + more than one high-demand application running at the same time) = 25 Mbps+
If you feel like you're experiencing slow internet or noticing lag when watching your favorite content, take a speed test. Then check to see if that speed is in line with the above guidelines, as well as what your current plan is supposed to provide. If not, it may be time to find a plan that better fits your needs. T-Mobile, America’s fastest growing Home Internet provider, lets you try out Home Internet worry free—to make sure you find a plan that works for you.