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 Communications To Take On Comcast With Launch Of 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 Expands LTE Small Cell Tests To Major Markets Providing A Benefit To Spectrum Mobile

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Do you plan on accepting Bring your own phone any time in the future?

Joe P
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You’ll have to ask Spectrum Mobile.

Barbara Lincoln
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Barbara Lincoln

I just got my new iPhone 8+ phone and it is activated. But I can’t get thru to Spectrum Mobile or Verizon to talk with representative….Verizon voicemail recording says to hold on so they can connect me with an external operator. They don’t do that,?they say “You need to buy a roaming pin# (which I had to do for $15 for 2hrs of time!!!! This is not a prepaid phone, so why when I use the “pin”, my call is dropped??? I can’t use my old phone…..so now what????

Patricia Caro
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Patricia Caro

I have 4 lines and 2 tablets with Verizon. I don’t see a fee monthly fee for tablets. I am purchasing my phones from Verizon so how would that work to bring them to Spectrum? Does Spectrum buy out contracts?

Chad
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Chad

What if I am currently paying monthly on my phone with Verizon currently would I be subjected to any cancellation fee??

Don
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Don

I agree, Verizon has been very steady and not raised prices. Spectrum/Charter have done nothing but raise rates so to say everything will be steady is an opinion not a fact. I have a perfectly working phone and I’m already using Verizon so I don’t see how this would benefit me. By my calculations, your start up cost will be well over $100 regardless of your plan.

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d h

After telling me I wouldn’t have to pay all those taxes and fees of the big carriers if I went with Spectrum, I got my first bill of $109 for a new phone and first month’s service. $62 of that initial bill were taxes and fees. In contrast, same phone and plan with one of the big three carriers, cost me a total of $53.58 up front. Taxes and fees were $3.58. That was the first falsehood they told me. Watch out for spectrum mobile! After 10 days, they still haven’t refunded my account even though their email to me… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

I moved from att wireless to spectrum mobile and I am very happy with it. I wanted a new phone so purchasing a phone was not an issue.very good service and no issues plus I’m saving money. It’s a win win

Maria
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Maria

I have Verizon already can I cancel it and go with spectrum, and do I have to pay a fee .?

Cindy
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Cindy

All of my services are with Time Warner, only my mobile phones are with AT&T. Since I pay my bills to Time Warner will I be considered to have internet services with Spectrum? When will Spectrum provide wireless services to customers that want to continue using their own I-Phones? When will Spectrum open stores located near Hwy 281 and north of the 1604 Loop in San Antonio, TX?

Kai
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Kai

Yes, I am with time warner as well or was i guess? Until spectrum bought them out. I still make my payments to time warner and today I called spectrum mobile to get mobile phone service and I am eligible 🙂

Walker
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Walker

Hey Joe, why do you writers fail to explain your acronyms in? I have to look for someone else to explain what an MVNO. I’ve noticed in many articles on the web that many authors like you FTE the UA that they UITA.
(FTE=Fail To Explain, UA=Uncommon Acronyms, UITA=Use In Their Articles). Get the point?

barbcz
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barbcz

I have spectrum bundle phone/internet/tv. Started out at $99/month. 9 years later it has doubled in cost. Will that happen with phone too? My verizon bill has stayed steady for 9 years and has actually even reduced a little.

Joe P
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Joe P

The phone bill would also stay steady and follow the industry. It is also Verizon based and there is greater competition in the industry compared to cable. With that being said, with the introduction of 5G wireless, there’s going to be a lot more competition for cable and home internet.