Spectrum Mobile Now Offers Limited Support For Bring Your Own Android Device
Spectrum Mobile Now Offers Limited Support For Bring Your Own Android Device


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Several months ago, Spectrum Mobile began allowing customers to bring their own phone to the network. The feature was secretly launched in beta, in select markets, and in-store only.  However, a mistake on Spectrum Mobile's website temporarily advertised BYOD as being available to everyone online.  The mistake was quickly corrected and all mentions of BYOD support were removed from the Spectrum Mobile website.  What was learned in the leak was that only iPhone models were supported.  Specifically, only the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and all newer models were supported with the exceptions being the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

Last week, BestMVNO noted that Spectrum Mobile was again advertising support for BYOD on the Spectrum Mobile website.  This time, the Verizon MVNO made it clear that the feature is only offered in stores.  Support was added for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

Today, I'm happy to report that select Android devices are now supported for BYOD.

ATT Model, Sprint, T-Mobile And Verizon Compatible Models

Spectrum Mobile is advertising that the following devices are now compatible with its network.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

If you have any of the above-mentioned devices purchased from a carrier other than Verizon it will need to be unlocked before it can be brought to Spectrum Mobile.

At this time, carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S10 models are not compatible.  However, if you have a model that is either a Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, or S10e that was sold unlocked by Samsung, it is supported.

A lack of support for bring your own Android device is something that Spectrum Mobile customers have been complaining about ever since their BYOD program was launched.  This should satisfy at least some of the MVNOs potential customer base.  Hopefully, full support for Android devices comes soon.

More About Spectrum Mobile

Spectrum Mobile only offers two wireless phone plans, 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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I think they have a bug on their website, if I put my IMEI of my Galaxy S8 in first time it said it is not compatible, but when I tried again (just to make sure I typed it right) it showed me that it is compatible so went forward with it, just to find out 1 week, 2 SIM cards and many wasted hours later that “*U1” models phones are not compatible.


Your Samsung Galaxy S8 is eligible.
To use your device on the Spectrum Mobile network, it needs to be unlocked from your current provider.


“However, if you have a model that is either a Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, or S10e that was sold unlocked by Samsung, it is supported.”…

That statement is currently not true. My wife and I both have a Galaxy S10e bought UNLOCKED directly from Samsung. Yet Spectrum Mobile states both are not compatible. WTF…?


Can anyone explain the technical reason why a fully unlocked phone (like Moto G7) which works on Verizon today can not be part of Spectrum’s BYOD (the folks at my local store could not) ?


I have an unlocked S9+ I bought directly from Samsung and the model number ends in “U1”. Spectrum says that model number is NOT compatible with Spectrum mobile. They can’t tell me why or if they are going to do anything about it. It is compatible with Verizon. I am currently using it with Sprint. I bought an unlocked phone to go to spectrum when they allowed the byod and now I am not sure what to do.