Altice USA — parent company for Optimum and Suddenlink — launches mobile service

Internet and TV customers who have Optimum or Suddenlink services can now add mobile cellphone service to their monthly plans. Altice USA, the parent company of both Optimum and Suddenlink, rolled out mobile service earlier this fall.

The Altice Mobile plan features “unlimited everything.” That includes unlimited talk, text and data nationwide, unlimited mobile hotspot usage, unlimited video streaming, unlimited international talk and text from the U.S. to more than 35 countries, as well as unlimited talk, text and data while traveling abroad in those same countries.

For Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers, the plan starts at $20/mo. per line and comes with a “price for life” commitment. Non-subscribers who live within one of Altice’s 21 serviceable states can still take advantage of the mobile plan, but at a slightly higher rate of $30/mo. per line.

“The advent of Altice Mobile as the newest mobile operator exemplifies our vision to create one converged fiber and wireless network that delivers an ultra-fast broadband and mobile experience to support consumers’ needs inside and outside the home,” said Dexter Goei, Altice USA chief executive officer, in a statement.

Additionally, Altice Mobile has put an emphasis on using Altice’s existing fiber network, connecting with “two of the best networks in the U.S.” and evolving to include 5G technology in the future.

“By building a mobile network that will ultimately support 5G combined with our state-of-the-art fiber broadband capable of more than 10 Gigabit speeds, Altice USA is creating a formidable and powerful network to deliver superior connectivity and simplified customer experiences,” Goei said in the statement.

With this new mobile service, Optimum and Suddenlink customers could now potentially create a triple-play bundle that includes internet, TV and wireless service, or even a quad-play that also includes home phone.

Bundling home services with cellphone service may seem like it should be an obvious option, but it’s still a relatively new concept. Traditional telecommunications providers, like AT&T and Verizon, have been offering bundle options with cellphone service for a few years now, but other providers, like Spectrum Mobile, Xfinity Mobile and Altice Mobile, have just jumped into the game this year.

Both Spectrum Mobile and Xfinity Mobile run on the back of Verizon’s LTE network. Altice Mobile, however, will operate using Sprint’s 4G LTE network primarily with the option to use AT&T’s network for roaming. Their deals with Spring and AT&T will include 5G coverage when services become available.

With no data limits, no contracts and a starting price-point that’s almost half of its competitor’s, it appears that Altice is hoping to really gain traction throughout the rest of 2019 and beyond with their mobile service.