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How do I bundle my home and cellphone services?

BY Taylor Gadsden | Tue Jul 02, 2019
How do I bundle my home and cellphone services?

The best bundle deals for TV, internet and phone services are a great way to get discounts on your home services and simplify your monthly bills. If you’re looking to bundle cellphone service with home services like TV and internet, your choices will be limited, but there are some options out there among major internet providers like AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity.

ProviderNetworkFamily plansData limitsEquipmentPerksVideo streaming quality
AT&TAT&T 4G LTE Up to four lines with Unlimited and shared data plans, pricing varies by planVaries by planPurchase from provider or bring your ownRollover Data with Mobile Share Plus plans, unlimited talk and text with all plans, talk, text and data in Mexico included480-1080p based on plan
SpectrumVerizon 4G LTE Up to five lines for $45/ea.Varies by planPurchase from provider or bring your ownAll plans come with unlimited talk and text as well as full access to Wi-Fi hotspot network480p
XfinityVerizon 4G LTE Up to five lines for $45/ea.Varies by planPurchase from provider or bring your ownAll plans come with unlimited talk and text as well as full access to Wi-Fi hotspot network480p
Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 06/27/19.

AT&T Wireless and DIRECTV bundle

Thanks to their partnership with DIRECTV, AT&T is currently one of the few major TV providers offering TV and cellphone packages. Pair any one of DIRECTV’s six packages with an AT&T Unlimited data plan or try a Mobile Share plan (both feature options that vary in streaming quality and other service features) to opt for limited data on up to five lines.

Send unlimited texts to 120 countries and make unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada without roaming. No Wi-Fi? Access your own personal 15 GB hotspot and choose from any one of seven music, movie or entertainment apps to add to your plan.

While AT&T offers a broader variety of plans compared to competitors, those plans get more expensive as you remove users from the “four lines” maximum. At first glance, these wireless options may look just as affordable as a traditional no-contract plan. However, prices are lowest ($35-$48 per line with mobile data share) when there are four lines utilizing service. A single line subscriber would pay $50-$80 per line for the same service. Those that are interested in a single line Unlimited plan will have to pay even more.

Spectrum Mobile

You won’t be able to bundle cable TV with Spectrum’s new mobile service. However, with Spectrum Internet, you can combine Spectrum’s nationwide hotspot network with Verizon’s wireless LTE network for coverage all over the country. Get unlimited data starting at $45/line* or pay by the gig, and get $14/GB* per month.

Your residential internet service will come with unlimited data and will operate separately from your mobile plan, so you won’t have to share data from month to month. If you’re careful about how and when you connect (home and hotspot networks), you could potentially pay a minimum of $14/mo.* for mobile service if you pay by the gig.

At the end of each billing cycle, Spectrum will round your data usage up to the nearest gig and you’ll be charged. This means that you may have used 1.1 GBs, but you’ll be charged for 2 regardless.

Think you chose the wrong plan? Spectrum lets you switch plans at any time during the billing cycle if you think your money is better spent on an alternative option.

Your mobile plan will also be subject to Spectrum’s new cancellation policy, so if you’re planning on removing service, you’re better off doing so at the end of the billing cycle. (Customers are charged for the entire month no matter when they cancel.)

Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 6/27/19.

Xfinity Mobile

Xfinity Mobile is another option for internet subscribers with interest in bundling. Similar to Spectrum, Xfinity mobile plans start for sale by the gig for $12 per GB or $45/line* each month. According to an Xfinity representative, by the gig is the most popular way to go.

Xfinity also allows accounts with multiple lines to pick and choose which plan is best for each member of the family. This feature gives Xfinity Mobile a competitive edge over other top-tier wireless carriers. You can also switch plans in the middle of the billing cycle if your data usage isn’t what you thought it would be.

Xfinity also uses Verizon’s top-rated 4G LTE network and provides access to a nationwide Wi-Fi network with your internet plan. Data is allotted separately between mobile and your residential internet service, so you’ll have the opportunity to save your data by connecting at home and at third-party hotspots.

Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 6/27/19.

Things to consider before bundling home and cellphone services

Price is often at the forefront of most minds when it comes to bundling, but according to Carolina Milanesi, industry expert and analyst at Creative Strategies, mobile customers should consider a few other features before making the leap.

“Cost is of course not the only factor. Choice and quality of content, speed of broadband and network coverage all play a role in people’s decision. People prioritize different things in their decision making so I would think it really depends how critical you see mobile as part of the bundle,” said Milanesi.

Before you make the switch to cellphone service from your home service provider, take a look at some important details that can make all the difference when it comes to a great mobile deal.

Network and serviceability

Your cellphone is nothing without service around all the places you work and travel. Thankfully, many service providers without networks of their own utilize networks by other major cellular service providers. For example, Spectrum and Xfinity Mobile runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network, so if you were to look at a coverage map of Verizon service and your mobile service, they’d look exactly alike. With a reach just under Verizon, AT&T hosts the second largest network in the country.

A 4G network can typically allow download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and uploads of 2-5 Mbps, assuming the network is free of connection-related interference.

Data usage (ability to share across internet and phone)

All three providers (AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity) offer access to their entire network of hotspots located in popular places in and around service areas. This is especially good news for AT&T wireless customers, as they’ll have to rely solely on monthly data allotments to make it through the billing cycle.

Spectrum and Xfinity Mobile customers are required to also maintain provider internet service, so they can use the monthly data allotment, a massive network of hotspots and their home internet service to connect.

Equipment

One of your first questions for a cellular service provider usually has to do with whether or not you can bring a phone that you already own or if you’re required to purchase a new device from the provider. The answer will largely depend on which provider you’re buying from and the rules they’ve put into place. AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity offer options to purchase a provider device or to bring your own compatible equipment.

When we first reached out to both Spectrum and Xfinity, users were unable to bring their own phone (Spectrum) or they could only bring a certain type of device (Xfinity). One can only assume that we can thank customer feedback and wireless industry trends for the flexible option to not only bring your device but to keep your current number as well.

“Quad play has been a thing in Europe for many years and it has finally caught up here in the U.S. I feel though that for consumers the propositions offered by cable providers are not as attractive as they could be,” Milanesi said. “Higher-end consumers with more disposable income and higher needs, both from a cable perspective and a mobile data perspective, might be looking for better deals by engaging different brands.”

If home service providers hope to compete with mobile carriers, they’ll have to continue to make plans competitive with the traditional service consumers are used to, which may lead to more changes in the future.

So, what’s next for wireless in the home service industry?

According to Milanesi, 5G will make a big impact on network capabilities and plan offerings in the future: “As 5G rolls out, the link between mobile data and content will get even tighter so I would expect more promotions to focus on content streaming. “

Hear from a real-life customer

Budget blogger, Michael Saves, sprang for an Xfinity Mobile plan and was able to drastically reduce his monthly wireless bill. Learn more about Michael’s first-time experience with cellphone service — from video streaming to call and text performance — through his internet service provider:

The best bundle deals for TV, internet and phone service can help simplify your monthly bills and, depending on your provider, get you discounted pricing. Looking to build your bundle today? Call Allconnect® to speak with an expert about providers and bundle deals in your area today.

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