Ask Clark: Should I Get Cell Phone Service From My Cable Company?

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One of the best deals in the wireless industry right now is from a company that you might not expect to offer a great value — your cable and internet provider.

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What You Need to Know About Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile 

More than a year ago, I wrote about how I switched to Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile and lowered my cell phone bill to $12 a month before taxes and fees.

Now, Charter’s Spectrum Mobile has launched a similar wireless service that, like Xfinity Mobile, runs on Verizon’s network.

Pricing for Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile is very competitive. However, both providers require you to have their internet service to qualify for the mobile deal.

Plans and Pricing

Xfinity Mobile Spectrum Mobile
By the Gig: $12/GB By the Gig: $14/GB
Unlimited: $45/line Unlimited: $45/line

“The cable companies are making cell phone service potentially cheaper than any other provider out there because they want to keep you,” money expert Clark Howard says. “In order to keep the special deal that they’ll offer you for monthly cell phone service, you have to stay their customer for the various products they offer.”

In addition to relying on Verizon’s cell phone network, these providers give their customers access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, which can reduce data usage.

Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile sell phones on their websites and allow select iPhone users to bring their own devices.

Clark’s Bottom Line

Is cell phone service from Comcast or Charter a good idea? “If you’re looking to save money and you want to stay with one of the cable operators, this could be a good ticket for your wallet,” Clark says.

Compare your options in Clark’s guide to the best cell phone plans and deals!

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