Spectrum Mobile customers who opt for the by-the-gig plan will pay $14 per month for unlimited talk and text and the first gigabit of data. Each gigabit after that will cost another $14.
This can be perfect for folks who use 1–3 GB of data a month, but after that you’ll actually be paying more for 4+ GB of data than you would for an unlimited data plan!
Great network coverage
Spectrum Mobile doesn’t actually own its own cellular network. Instead, it uses Verizon Wireless’s cell phone towers to power its mobile service. That’s good news for Spectrum Mobile customers.
Verizon’s network has the strongest network in the country, offering 4G LTE coverage even in rural pockets of the country. We’ll talk more about coverage further down in this Spectrum Mobile review.
Many discount providers and mobile virtual network providers (MVNOs), like Spectrum Mobile, skimp on the perks. But Spectrum actually offers some decent additional benefits for its customers.
One of the most exciting perks that the company offers is mobile hotspot data. You can use up to 5 GB of full-speed mobile hotspot data with Spectrum. After that, your hotspot speeds will be reduced, making it hard to stream old episodes of Community or download big files.
You’ll also get access to 5G coverage (if you have the right phone), Spectrum’s network of Wi-Fi networks, 2,000 free minutes of calling to Mexico and Canada, and free international texting from the US. Nice.
What we don’t like
Spectrum’s decently priced, high-powered plans are great, but there are a few caveats. Let’s dig into the things we don’t love so much.
Must already be a Spectrum customer
As we’ve mentioned before in this Spectrum Mobile review, you have to be an existing customer of Spectrum home internet before you can sign up for the mobile service. Obviously, this is a huge hurdle for potential customers.
Even if you do qualify for the service, you should ask yourself if you want your mobile plan to be tied up with your home internet plan.
If you cancel your internet subscription and still want to maintain your mobile service, you’ll be charged an extra $20 a month, per line, and your Wi-Fi speeds will be reduced to 5 Mbps. Yikes.