Spectrum Mobile Officially Launches On Verizon Network
Spectrum Mobile Officially Launches On Verizon Network

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Charter's Spectrum Mobile officially launched over the weekend as an MVNO on the Verizon network.  News of its impending launch came in early June when By the Gig pricing was expected to be at $12/month.  However, the official launch price came in at $14/month, which makes it $2/month more expensive than Charter's rival brand from Comcast, Xfinity Mobile.  A $45 "unlimited plan" did however come to fruition.

Spectrum Mobile Pricing Details

In order to signup with Spectrum Mobile, you do need to be a subscriber to Spectrum's Internet service.  This is the same tactic that Comcast applies to Xfinity Mobile.

By The Gig Pricing

By The Gig Pricing includes unlimited talk and text and international text with data priced at $14/GB.  Each line on a plan is charged in advance for their first GB of data per bill cycle. If there are multiple lines, data is shared between each line.  If a customer goes over the data allotment, they'll automatically be billed for another GB.   Video streaming is limited to a resolution of 480p.  Mobile hotspot is included at no extra charge.  Taxes and fees do cost extra.

Spectrum is restricting new Internet customers from signing up with more than 2 lines of service with Xfinity Mobile for a period of 30 days.   After 30 days of service, a total of 5 lines may be maintained on an account based on credit rating.

Unlimited Plan

Spectrum Mobile also offers what it calls an "unlimited plan" for $45/month.  The unlimited plan includes unlimited talk, text, international texting and data.  However, Spectrum says that after 20GB of data has been consumed in a month, you may experience reduced speeds for the rest of your billing cycle.  That's a far cry from what the industry considers unlimited these days.  Typically a carrier or MVNO will only temporarily slow your data speeds down once you consume more than a certain amount of data in a month if and ONLY if the network is busy.  Comcast's Xfinity Mobile also has an "unlimited plan" with only 20GB of high speed data.

See also:  Charter Expands LTE Small Cell Tests To Major Markets Providing A Benefit To Spectrum Mobile

The unlimited plan also includes 5GB of high speed mobile hotspot data. Hotspot data speeds get reduced to a maximum of 600 Kbps once more than 5GB of data gets consumed in a billing cycle.

Video streaming is limited to a maximum resolution of 480p.  Taxes and fees are extra, and the same 30 day multi-line restrictions apply as they do for the By the Gig option.

What Happens If You Want To Cancel Spectrum Internet And Keep Spectrum Mobile?

If you decide to cancel your Spectrum Internet subscription, your Spectrum Mobile subscription will be charged an additional $20 per line.  That's not exactly cheap.  Furthermore, Spectrum WiFi speeds will be limited to 5 Mbps.  I'm assuming that is the speed that you'll get when you are connected to a Spectrum Mobile WiFi hotspot.  Spectrum Mobile includes nationwide access to a half a million hotspots.

Phones

At the moment, Spectrum is not supporting bring your own phone.  If you want service, you'll have to purchase a phone from the MVNO.  The following phones are available for purchase:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ starting at $29.17/month for 24 months with 0% APR
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 starting at $25/month
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 starting at $31.25/month
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ starting at $35.42/month
  • LG K30 starting at $7.50/month

Editor's Take

This is another cable company entering the MVNO arena.  By bundling wireless service with your home internet, Spectrum has come up with another way to try and retain you as a customer.  I do believe that cable companies see 5G networks as a threat to their at home broadband internet businesses. With the data speeds that 5G networks are supposed to bring, wireless carriers may soon become a viable alternative to home internet.  On top of that, we're already starting to see carriers bundle TV and streaming services with mobile phone plans.  AT&T for instance has DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV.  T-Mobile recently purchased Layer3 TV which it touts as being "The New Cable."  So it seems that cable companies are trying to get a jump on things and grab new customers before wireless carriers become a true threat to their traditional business model.

See also:  Charter Communications To Take On Comcast With Launch Of Spectrum Mobile

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Mary L McCoy

I have been receiving e-mails offering Spectrum wireless service. I have the landline phone plan with Spectrum and the only downside is that if the internet is out then my phone doesn’t work. The question I need answered is if the internet goes out will my cell phone on the spectrum wireless plan still work or will it not work?

Joe P
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Joe P

Cell phone will still work.

don
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don

Yes it will. Spectrum phone uses Verizon as a backbone

Eric
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Eric

Will you offer a triple play or bundle option? Internet, cable and mobile?

Sam
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Sam

I spoke to a representative with Spectrum mobile a couple of days ago. They informed me you would be able to bring your own phone to the service starting September 14th. They stated you would have to take your phone in to a Spectrum store that handles the mobile service, so not all brick and mortar locations would be able to set it up.

RG
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RG

Even though I have a brand new Motorola Moto G6 that is perfect for Verizon, Spectrum, which uses Verizon, won’t let me use it and said that I HAVE TO buy one of their phones… sad since I have been their customer over 10 yrs!

Sam
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Sam

You’ll be able to bring your phone starting September 14.

Ash
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Ash

It is the 14th and still no bring your own phone option.

Michael Coney
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Michael Coney

What a SCAM! You must purchase their phone for 700.00 bucks even though you already have a perfectly good phone? WOW, what a “deal”
I guess a SUCKER IS born every minute.i

Rome
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Rome

There is no “scam” – nothing misleading: You can bring your own phone, likely with some restrictions, starting 9/14. And even if you couldn’t, you don’t have to purchase a $700 phone. There are much less expensive ones on their website.

Looks more like unnecessary anger and outrage is what’s born every minute.

Mary L McCoy
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Mary L McCoy

Maybe it depends on where you live. I live in southwest Va and I was told today that I couldn’t use my 2 year old Samsung Note 5

Michelle Olson
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Michelle Olson

When will I be able to use my iPhone if I go with Spectrum mobile and not my current carrier, Version?

Mike Amato
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Mike Amato

So I buy a galaxys9 for 850$ capable of 4k streaming and you limit me to 480p… almost had me, but no thanks

Rome
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Rome

Well, you didn’t *have* to buy the S9. And even if you did, your 4K would work perfectly well anytime you connected to wi-fi. If you must have 4K while walking around in public unable to connect to wi-fi, then this isn’t the plan for you.

Sonya mathis
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Sonya mathis

How do i obtain username and password for my spectrum mobile i just bought and recieved in the mail?

Silas E Lake
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Silas E Lake

User name and Password are the same as on your Spectrum Internet Account.

ibap
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ibap

No deal

JP
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JP

Even without having to buy a phone from them, the rates are not competitive. The only “advantage” is having access to their nationwide wi-fi.

Rome
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Rome

I have 3 lines on our current AT&T plan – our cheapest option being a 10 gig shared plan for $125/month plus taxes & fees. We barely exceed 1 gig each month because our usage is most often via wi-fi. So how is it again that Spectrum’s rates aren’t competitive? I could spend $42/month, instead.