Deutsche Telekom is strengthening its hybrid range of domestic DSL and mobile LTE. In areas where there is strong mobile connection, but only slow landline internet, the partly free offer can be worthwhile. The first three months of the option are free of charge in any case – only the hybrid router is then somewhat expensive.
DSL and LTE: Telekom extends hybrid option
As of now, customers of Deutsche Telekom’s MagentaZuhause tariffs can add a new hybrid option to their existing tariff. With this option, the fixed-line DSL is expanded to include mobile LTE (4G), so that at best a significantly faster Internet is available at home. Telekom itself describes the service as “failover via LTE”. The maximum transmission speed has been increased for the new hybrid option to up to 300 megabits per second. Previously, a maximum of 100 megabits per second was possible.
Customers who live in areas where there is strong LTE coverage but where the expansion of the fixed network internet has fallen behind are expected to benefit from the increased speed. Customers who can still surf at home at up to 16 or 50 megabits per second will even get the new option for free (Magenta at home XS and Magenta at home S). All others are asked to pay 4.95 euros per month.
In order to make the new offer even more palatable to customers, the monthly payment is waived in the first three months. However, this does not apply to the Speedport Pro router, which is required for the hybrid Internet. This can be purchased for a one-time fee of EUR 389.82 or booked for EUR 9.70 a month. A purchase is therefore only worthwhile after 40 months, as Inside Digital calculated. The minimum contract term for the option is three months.
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Telekom’s hybrid option with no GB limit
Although a lot of data is drawn from the mobile network, there is no limit to the monthly traffic with the new hybrid option. A throttling, as is known from mobile LTE tariffs, does not apply accordingly. However, mobile use via smartphones or tablets is impossible if you are no longer within range of your home WLAN.