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Spectrum Mobile Now Supports Bring Your Own iPhone

Spectrum Mobile Launches Support For Bring Your Own iPhone
Spectrum Mobile Launches Support For Bring Your Own iPhone

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A long awaited feature has begun to arrive at Spectrum Mobile.  The cable giant has launched support for bring your own device to its Verizon powered MVNO service.  For now, support is limited to select iPhone models only.  Android owners will have to wait until a later time if they own a device that they'd like to switch over.

Supported iPhone Models

Spectrum Mobile will allow you to bring your own iPhone as long as it is one of the following models; iPhone SE, iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, or the iPhone X.  Which model you can bring over depends on whether or not you bought it SIM free and unlocked or from another carrier.  Here's which iPhone models you can port over based on the carrier that sold it.

  • iPhone SE - Verizon model supported.  AT&T and T-Mobile models also supported but they must first be unlocked.  Sprint model is not supported.
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus - All carrier models are supported, but if it is an AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint model you may have to have it unlocked before porting over.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - Verizon and Sprint models are compatible.  The Sprint model must be unlocked before transferring it to Spectrum Mobile.  AT&T and T-Mobile sold iPhones are not compatible with the network.
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus - All carrier models are supported, but if it's from AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile it may need to be unlocked first before it can be used on the network.
  • iPhone X - All carrier models are supported, but if it's from AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile it may need to be unlocked first before it can be used on the network.

The newest iPhone models, the Xs, Xs Max and Xr are not listed as being supported on the website (Update April 2019, the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr are now compatible with Spectrum Mobile's BYOD program).  A representative from Spectrum Mobile confirmed to me that they are not yet eligible for the bring your own device program.  The devices may be supported soon though.  The representative said the bring your own device program is very new right now.  It only launched in testing a few weeks ago in select markets.  However, it now appears to be available in all markets as it is now shown at the bottom of the Spectrum Mobile website when you choose to shop for a device.  (Update: It seems Spectrum Mobile made the BYOD program available on their website to everyone earlier than intended.  It has since been pulled from the website, but it is still available and in testing in select markets. Sources tell BestMVNO that BYOD is only available in stores and not online or over the phone.  A Spectrum Mobile forum admin has also publicly confirmed this. )  Update April 22, 2019, Spectrum Mobile is once again advertising their BYOD program on their website.  It is still available in-store only, but they do again have a BYOD web page setup explaining the program's details.  Update April 27, 2019, Spectrum Mobile has announced limited support for bring your own Android device.

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More About Spectrum Mobile

Spectrum Mobile launched in the summer of 2018.  Wireless service is provided using the Verizon network.

Two wireless phone plans are offered, a By-The-Gig plan and an unlimited plan.  The By-The-Gig plan bills subscribers $14 for every GB of data that they consume.  The unlimited plan comes with 20GB of high-speed data for $45/month.  After the high-speed data allotment gets consumed, data speeds may slow down.  The unlimited plan also comes with 5GB of mobile hotspot data at LTE data speeds before slowing down to a maximum speed of 600Kbps.  Both plans include unlimited talk and text and require you to be a Spectrum Internet subscriber in order to be able to sign up for them.  Taxes and fees are not included in the price and cost extra.

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Melanie Shelton
Melanie Shelton
10 months ago

I have a iPhone 6s. I have prepaid service with straight talk. Does Spectrum service work with this phone?

Jen G
Jen G
1 year ago

Is the samsung galaxy A50 compatible with spectrum mobile?

Employee
Employee
1 year ago

BYOD is available when placing order with a Direct Sales Rep at your door. Effective 5/22/19

Victor
Victor
1 year ago

My wife has a 6 plus I phone and it could not be ported over. My advice if you buy a spectrum phone and one of your family members is going to port their phone over. Make sure your phone is ported over first. Do not and I repeat do not open your spectrum phone box until they have been ported over. If you do open the box the phone is as good as yours. They say you have a 14 day window to return it. What they don’t say is that the 14 days include from when the phone was shipped. By the time I got my phone 9 days had elapsed. They say you will recieve it in 2 days. Thats a lie. Their is also a $50 restocking fee they do not tell you about. And they have the option if you send the phone back not to refund you a single penny nor give you the phone back if they consider it can not be sold again. Plus other fees. I just went through this plus they will not unlock the phone if you keep the phone until the phone is paid off. This is how they pay your loyalty for being a spectrum cuatomer for many years.

Corrij
Corrij
1 year ago

This is a rant. I am on the phone right now listening to on hold Musak via Verizon… I have been with Verizon prepaid since my contract ran out. Now I want to try out Spectrum for the less expense, and to use the insurance. Verizon will not insure prepaid customers. So I bought a 6s and now it appears not compatible to Spectrum?! I did the check online through Spectrum and at the Spectrum office the representatives there said the phone must be locked. Ugh, so I wait for about 35 minutes trying to get Verizon to unlock my phone. Rep says it will be unlocked in 48 hours and I will get a text. That was 1 week ago. Tried to check to see if it is unlocked and it seems unlocked, best I know. But still not compatible with the Spectrum online checker. Ugh. Now, as I wrote, still on hold with V. prepaid. Sheese…

Marko
Marko
1 year ago

It seems obvious that Spectrum should easily be able to accept BYOD for any device they already offer on their web site. But they do not. The obvious reason is that they only want to sell you their device.

Once they get you locked in, Spectrum, as it is known to do, will raise rates. Typical Spectrum rip-off management ploy.

DrJAG
DrJAG
1 year ago

I have been thinking about switching, but Spectrum is making it way too hard. It seems that they have passed, on the majority of phone owners (Android Samsung Galaxy S7) to accommodate iPhone. I don’t need a new phone. I, also suspect, that at the end of the first year, the monthly price will double. I’ll just stay with Verizon. I have been with them, from Motorola flip phones, thru a couple of Blackberries, and now my second Samsung, with no problems. Spectrum is also offering to steal your trade-in, for a ridiculous price.

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

I have had Spectrum cable for years now, had Spectrum mobile for about 6 months. All I can say is their customer service is absolute garbage, their rude and don’t go out of their way to help. Asked about paying my iPhone X off and having it unlocked. I’m in the NYC area. If you can stick with your carrier I suggest doing so. I’m leaving this crappy carrier as we speak.