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Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon: Which carrier is worth your business?

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Xfinity Mobile isn’t the only internet provider jumping into the mobile service game — Spectrum Mobile is hot on its heels. Spectrum Mobile has a few hurdles before you can sign up, but it presents some solid value. Is Spectrum’s value enough to rival Verizon, its host operator? We’ll break down both carriers and help you decide who wins the battle of Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon.

See also: Verizon buyer’s guide | The best Spectrum Mobile plans

While the coverage should be comparable, we’re going to dig into pricing, promotions, and more before we declare a winner. MVNOs have come a long way in the last few years, but competing with Verizon is a monumental feat. Ready to find out how Spectrum stacks up? Let’s get started.

Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon — Pricing

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Verizon is an expensive carrier, so Spectrum should get the edge in this category, right? Well, one of the hurdles we mentioned before is that you must be a Spectrum Internet customer to sign up. That means an added cost of at least $ 50 per month. Check out the table below for a plan comparison before we dig deeper:

Plan Cost
Spectrum Mobile By the Gig $ 14 per GB
Spectrum Mobile Unlimited $ 45 per line
Verizon Start Unlimited $ 70 for one line
$ 60 per line for two lines
$ 45 per line for three lines
$ 35 per line for four lines
Verizon Play/Do More Unlimited $ 80 for one line
$ 70 per line for two lines
$ 55 per line for three lines
$ 45 per line for four lines
Verizon Get More Unlimited $ 90 for one line
$ 80 per line for two lines
$ 65 per line for three lines
$ 55 per line for four lines

Spectrum Mobile

We won’t factor in the price of an internet plan each time, but you should probably know what you’re working with. Here are the plans you can choose if you’re switching to Spectrum:

  • Spectrum Internet – $ 49.99 per month, 200Mbps
  • Internet Ultra – $ 69.99 per month, 400Mbps
  • Internet Gig – $ 109.99 per month, 940Mbps

The internet plans may tank your overall costs, but at least Spectrum’s mobile plans try to keep the cost manageable. It offers just two plans — By the Gig coverage for $ 14 per GB of data or unlimited service for $ 45 per line. If you opt for By the Gig coverage, you’ll get talk and text included at no extra charge. You’ll only pay by the full gigabyte, so if you use 2.3GB then you may as well use the other 0.7GB while you’re at it. Spectrum Mobile also offers a mix and match option so you can have some lines on unlimited and some lines on By the Gig service.


On Verizon, you’ll know what you pay ahead of time. There’s no extra plan to add, and some of Verizon’s plans are more affordable than Spectrum once you pass three lines. Start Unlimited, Play More, and Do More drop to $ 35 and $ 45 respectively, and they offer perks that Spectrum just can’t match. Verizon’s Get More Unlimited plan is still the most expensive option around, but it’s one of the most complete plans in the United States.

Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon — Coverage

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Spectrum Mobile and Verizon offer similar services thanks to their shared 4G LTE network, but they’re not identical. Rather, Spectrum employs a network of nearly 500,000 data hotspots on top of its mobile service to help you stay on wi-fi instead of 4G LTE. It should help to keep your data usage in check, and in turn, save you a bit of money on your By the Gig plan.

You can also check your local coverage on the map above or by clicking here. The 5G coverage is limited to a select few cities, so you’ll have to zoom in as far as you can.

Verizon doesn’t offer a nationwide map for its service, but you already know that it’s fast. Big Red covers nearly 70% of the United States with its 4G LTE network and you should have no connection problems in populated areas.

You’ll find that Verizon’s mmWave 5G setup is quite limited as well, so there is no national map here either. Instead, you’ll have to turn to this series of city maps and check out your local area for access.

See also: Where is 5G available in the US?

Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon — Perks and promotions

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Good prices and great coverage are just part of the battle — the perfect plan needs a few perks sprinkled on top. Saving money is important too, so let’s see how Spectrum Mobile compares. Check out the table below for Verizon’s streaming options:

Plan Perks
Verizon Start Unlimited 6 months of Disney Plus and Apple Music
Verizon Do More Unlimited 6 months of Disney Plus and Apple Music
Verizon Play More Unlimited Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus included
6 months of Apple Music
Verizon Get More Unlimited Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Apple Music included

Verizon is pretty much number one when it comes to streaming options. You don’t just get a video service or a music service, you get one of each. All of Big Red’s unlimited plans offer some mix of Disney Plus and Apple Music, even if some plans only add six months of service. The Play More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited plans come with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus for good, and Get More is the only plan with permanent Apple Music too.

See also: 10 best Music streaming apps for Android

Over on Spectrum Mobile, you won’t find any streaming perks on the menu. This is common among MVNOs though, low-cost often requires some level of sacrifices. You might be able to call the mix and match option a perk, but that’s as good as it gets. Spectrum doesn’t make up any ground with phone discounts either, so you can plan to pay full price for your next new device.

Verizon gets to weight around once again when it comes to promotions. You can save on most of its devices, and possibly get one free when you switch from another carrier. Flagships like the LG V60 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 are available as “buy one, get one” deals, or you can save with the LG Velvet or Google Pixel 4a for just $ 10 per month.

Spectrum Mobile vs Verizon — Phone selections

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As a leading carrier in the United States, Verizon has an extensive list of high-end devices. From Apple to LG and Samsung, Verizon pretty much supports any CDMA phone you can name. You can always keep your own phone if you want, you’ll just have to make sure that it plays well with Verizon’s network. Of course, you’ll have to look for Verizon’s UW tag if you want to tap into the 5G network, as the mmWave setup has a very limited range from one tower to the next.

See also: The best Verizon phones | The best Android phones

Over on Spectrum Mobile, you’ll be happy to know that the MNVO offers just as many flagships as Verizon. You can grab the iPhone 11 family, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Note 20 families, and even a few budget-friendly LG phones. If you’re set on Samsung’s ecosystem, Spectrum also carries most of the Galaxy A line at pocket-friendly prices. You can bring your own device as well, and Spectrum will toss in a free SIM card when you do.

Which carrier is right for you?

Finally, the question on everyone’s minds — who should you choose for your next mobile carrier? The answer isn’t quite so simple, and it partially depends on your internet provider. If you’re a Spectrum subscriber, then it makes sense to join Spectrum Mobile since it’s a requirement. Unfortunately, you’ll pay quite a bit extra if you have to switch to Spectrum on top of your mobile bill because internet plans start at around $ 50. High-end gigabit speeds can easily double that cost, so the low-cost options aren’t really what they seem.

If you can afford the expensive plans and you want a rich mix of perks, then Verizon makes more sense. It offers a better variety of phones and unlimited plans, and you won’t be de-prioritized when you use mountains of data.

Maybe you’ve gone through all of these prices, plans, and perks, and decided that neither Verizon nor Spectrum Mobile is right for you. Here are a few other carriers that might help you to continue your research:

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Plan Picks: $300 off the Pixel 3 XL and $200 free with Verizon

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Plan Picks is your one-stop destination for the best carrier deals around. This week’s promotion could potentially let you walk away with a new phone as well as a $ 20 surplus overall.

Right now, Verizon is offering $ 300 off on either the Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL. On top of that, you can get a $ 200 Prepaid Mastercard and up to $ 450 in savings with a select trade-in handset.

Wait, a free Pixel 3 XL and $ 20?

Well, in a way, yes. A Pixel 3 XL retails for $ 930, so if you add up all the savings above (counting the Mastercard as money), you effectively get a free Pixel and $ 20. But you need to know the steps required.

First, you’ll need to add either the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with monthly device payments to your cart. You’ll also need a line of service for the maximum savings.

The $ 300 is then credited to your account over 24 months. This indeed means you’ll redeem the money slowly, but it’s still some savings in the grand scheme of things.

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If you switch to a Verizon Unlimited Plan, you’ll also receive a $ 200 Prepaid Mastercard within only eight weeks. That’s much faster.

Now, to get that extra $ 450 off on your Pixel, you’ll need to trade-in an eligible device. The list is surprisingly generous, ranging from the Galaxy S8 to the iPhone 7 and LG G7.

Is that everything?

Pretty much, but here are some finer details. If the phone you’re trading in is much older, then you’ll only get $ 300 off instead of $ 450. And if you’re upgrading as a Verizon customer, the maximum savings are $ 200 and $ 100 rather than $ 450 and $ 300 respectively.

Not too shabby right? To get the full picture on the Pixel 3 XL deal, including the full list of phones you can trade and info about acquiring your prepaid Mastercard, take the link below to Verizon. Be sure to check out the terms and conditions for yourself.

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Verizon begins rolling out Marshmallow for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Here’s some good news for Big Red Galaxy S6 owners. Verizon has announced that it will begin rolling out its Android Marshmallow update for its branded Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones today.

As I’m sure you’re already aware, the update packs in a slew of new core Android features. The list includes Doze power management, Google Now on Tap contextual search, and greater control to grant and deny app permissions. Samsung has also packed the “latest security patches” into the update, so that presumably means the March fixes, along with some miscellaneous performance optimizations.

As for Samsung’s half of the update, there’s the new look TouchWiz user interface complete with tweaks and improvements, such as the revamped notification panel. There’s also the new web browser with ad-block support. Not forgetting that the Galaxy S6 Edge is now updated with the much more functional edge panel, which can now be used to create shortcuts for a ton of apps and other useful features.

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As with all carrier roll outs, the update will be making its way out across the country in waves. Although you can always try to manually download the update via a tap (or many) of the software update button under Settings > About device. The update will begin rolling out today, April 1st, so keep an eye out for that notification.

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Marshmallow lands for the T-Mobile HTC One M8, LG G Stylo, and Verizon M8


Android 6.0 Marshmallow is heading out to a selection of US carrier branded handsets today. On T-Mobile, there’s the HTC One M8 flagship and the budget oriented LG G Stylo, while Verizon is rolling out its own update to the One M8 also. The new software introduces the familiar Marshmallow features, along with a few tweaks unique to each manufacturer.

Starting with the HTC One M8, T-Mobile is rolling out software version number 6.20.531.5. Verizon’s own update gives a slightly different version, 6.21.605.3. The carrier’s support page lists some of the changes included with the update, including new volume controls for notifications, audio and alarms, simplified screenshot capture, and the assorted main Marshmallow features. The list includes Google Now on Tap, updated app permission control, and Doze mode, to name just a handful.

Verizon also has a number of smaller updates rolling out for some of its products. The latest Android security patch is making its way to the carrier’s Nexus 7, while the Gear S is receiving some minor fixes to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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The T-Mobile LG G Stylo is receiving its own 767MB update to Marshmallow, which comes with the software version number H63120b. T-Mobile says that this update will gradually be rolled out across the country between March 7th and 21st, so keep an eye out for that OTA notification over the coming weeks.

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Following T-Mobile’s footsteps, Verizon kills the two year contract

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There’s no denying that T-Mobile’s uncarrier movement has had a pretty big impact on the cellular industry over the past few years. Not only have we seen T-Mobile rise to third place in the market, bypassing Sprint, we’ve also seen all the carriers attempt to make uncarrier-like moves in hopes of winning new customers or keeping existing ones from defecting.

Verizon is now taking things a whole step further, following T-Mobile’s example and killing the two-year contract altogether. While Verizon had already offered optional device payment plans through its Edge service, going forward all Verizon customers interested in a new phone will either pay for the phone all at once or will sign up for a device payment plan.

We know what you’re thinking, the Moto X Pure Edition has now become even more enticing considering its $ 400 price tag, lack of carrier branding and software, and its full support for Verizon’s network.

As part of its restructuring, Verizon is ending the “Edge” naming convention as well, simply referring to it as a device payment plan. Furthermore, they are simplifying their data plans and pricing.

From now on, you simply pay $ 20 per line, and then you choose one of the following shared data buckets: S ($ 30/month for 1GB), M ($ 45/month for 3GB), L ($ 60/month for 6GB), or X-Large ($ 80/month for 12GB). Other larger plans exist, but will require you to ask Verizon directly for a quote.

Verizon’s new plans will go into effect on August 13th. If you still are under contract, however, you won’t see any immediate changes.

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T-Mobile’s John Legere vows to send a message to Verizon and AT&T on carrier overages

It’s no secret that T-Mobile has been the biggest carrier advocating for change in the wireless industry throughout the past few years. One of the most notable changes the carrier has made in recent past was the move to end all overage charges on its network, which came into fruition almost exactly one year ago. Soon after, CEO John Legere created a petition on Change.org that aimed to convince Verizon, AT&T and Sprint that overage fees were no longer acceptable. Even after reaching 100,000 signatures in just over one week’s time, the petition barely had any effect on the other three companies.

Flash forward to today, and T-Mobile is revisiting the petition for a different reason. Well, the Un-carrier’s goal is still to abolish overages in the wireless industry, but T-Mobile now taking matters into its own hands. In a vlog post sent out a few hours ago, John Legere vows that if the same petition (currently at just over 200,000 supporters) can get up to the 250k mark, he will send a personal message to Verizon or AT&T. Legere says the message could be anything from a “sky-written nastygram above AT&T’s headquarters” to a “giant greeting card delivered to the front door of Verizon”.

Legere says:

Last year, we calculated the carriers were taking $ 1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year… (The carriers) slam you for using your device exactly like you’re supposed to, and these penalties often hit the people who can least afford them. If you’re going past your data limit, it’s probably because you don’t have a big data plan to begin with and are operating on a conservative budget.

If you’d like to help abolish overages throughout the entire wireless industry, you can sign the petition on Change.org to help get your voice heard. It will certainly be interesting to see what T-Mobile comes up with for a message, so let’s try to get that petition to 250k!

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Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to the Verizon Galaxy Note 4

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If you’re a Galaxy Note 4 owner on Verizon, you’re in for a treat. Big Red is now pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop, carrying build number N910VVRU1BOAF.

As is the case with most other Samsung devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring a slew of awesome aesthetic enhancements and some under-the-hood changes. For starters, the UI will be updated to fit in with Google’s Material Design guidelines including some brighter colors and more fluid animations. Unfortunately the majority of the visual changes you’ll see won’t be as prominent as on a device running a vanilla build of Android, but they will definitely add a few nice touches to the UI. The Note 4 will also receive the Smart Lock security feature, priority notifications, notification interaction on the lock screen and much more.

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Verizon is also bringing Advanced Calling 1.0 to the Note 4, which is essentially VoLTE, or Voice Over LTE. Advanced Calling 1.0 allows for the ability to make HD voice calls, 2-way video calls and 6-way conference calls. You can now toy with all of these changes by heading to the Advanced Calling menu in your phone’s Settings.

There are a few other nice additions that Lollipop will bring, so if you own a Note 4, take a look at the PDF that’s linked below. If you’d like to check for the update manually, head to Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates. Since the update is just beginning to roll out today, it might take a few days for your device to get the OTA.

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You can now buy the DROID Turbo in Sapphire Blue Ballistic Nylon from Verizon


Verizon is now offering the Motorola DROID Turbo in a sleek Sapphire Blue color. Best Buy used to be the only retailer to carry the Sapphire Blue Ballistic Nylon variant, but now you can pick the device up in Verizon stores or online. Just like with the other color, the 32GB Sapphire Blue DROID Turbo is being offered for $ 149.99 with a two-year contract, $ 22.91 per month on Verizon’s EDGE program or $ 549.99 to buy the phone off-contract.

It’s worth noting that in the announcement post from yesterday, Verizon quoted the 32GB Sapphire Blue variant at $ 199.99 with a two-year contract, though the product page has it listed as only $ 149.99. We’ve reached out to Verizon for further clarification and will update this post once we hear anything.

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Even though the DROID Turbo was announced last year, it’s still a great smartphone for anyone who doesn’t want to make too many sacrifices. If you need a refresher, the DROID Turbo has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. It also comes with a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, a 21MP rear-facing camera and a huge 3900mAh battery. The device is still running Android 4.4 KitKat, but we couldn’t imagine it taking too much longer to get the Lollipop update. If you’d like some more information on this device, be sure to check out our full review.

If you’d like to get your hands on one for yourself, you can head to Verizon’s product page here.

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