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.

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.  (Update:  In December of 2018, Spectrum Mobile launched support for Bring Your Own iPhone).  If you want service with an Android device, 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.

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I’m planning to switch to spectrum mobile is there service bad??? If it is I’ll just go to another company instead?

Teri S
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Teri S

Do I have to finance (aka monthly pay) for a phone, can I buy it outright and save on monthly fees?

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I been a Spectrum customer going on three years. I was very impressed to hear about their new mobile phones and so I decided to get one. I do not understand why is it so hard to activate a phone, after trying for three days I decided that I should return the phone. Spectrum internet is down you can not activated phone online and I tried calling customer service they’re telling me that I should go and borrow a stranger’s or friend’s phone. I’m sorry but I do not want everyone in my business. The next day I called after… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Unfortunately, Spectrum isn’t known for it’s customer service & what you experienced is what you’ll always experience anytime you have a problem. Spectrum took over Brighthouse network which had phenomenal customer service. Since Spectrum I rarely use their services. Will eventually go all Verizon as my internet carrier. Pay attention to the commercials about cable because they apply to Spectrum. Cougars don’t quite, unless it’s cable. LOL

Alexis DeLeon
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Alexis DeLeon

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

Joe P
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Joe P

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????

Johnny
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Johnny

Unfortunately, Spectrum isn’t known for it’s customer service & what you experienced is what you’ll always experience any time you have a problem. Spectrum took over Brighthouse network which had phenomenal customer service. Since Spectrum I rarely use their services. Will eventually go all Verizon as my internet carrier. Pay attention to the commercials about cable because they apply to Spectrum. Cougars don’t quite, unless it’s cable. LOL Between the two you’ll do much better waiting for Verizon than to try and attempt anything with Spectrum. You think their mobile service is lousy, try their cable.

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?

Johnny
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Johnny

I’d try Spectrum as a trial to prove that I’m right. Don’t ever think of going to Spectrum mobile. You think your current wireless providers customer service is bad? Wait till you go with Spectrum. You’ll spend hours getting someone and when you do they’ll put you on hold and send you through the Spectrum black hole of death. That’s their customer service. Try it before you buy it. Just a forewarning.

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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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 »

Johnny
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Johnny

You speak a lot of truth. If we’re not warning these people they’ll get suckered just like the rest of us. I wasn’t stupid enough to fall for their mobile plan. I got sucked into cable like an idiot. Do not do Spectrum period if you can avoid it and help spread the word every chance you get. If you don’t believe us then get a Spectrum plan and try dealing with the worst customer service in the industry if that’s what they call it.

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 .?

Johnny
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Johnny

If you’re not having a problem with Verizon then don’t go to Spectrum unless you’re saving a substantial amount of money by switching. You’ll need the saving for the time you’ll spend with customer service.