A new Cable/MVNO provider has launched – Altice Mobile. Operated by Altice USA, the nation’s 4th largest cable provider. Altice joins two other cable providers in the MVNO space – Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile.
The company describes itself as being an “infrastructure-based MVNO and has built out a network of over 19,000 small cells through a partnership with Sprint. That will allow Altice to operate more economically and it won’t have to rely as much on its network partners.
Altice Mobile’s primary network partner is Sprint, and the company has a roaming agreement in place to use AT&T’s network. If the Sprint and T-Mobile merger be completed their deal with Sprint will expand to include a 7-year wholesale agreement with T-Mobile. The expanded deal will grant Altice access to T-Mobile’s network including, its 5G infrastructure.
Altice Mobile will offer only one wireless plan:
Unlimited talk, text, and data with the first 50GB of data at 4G LTE data speeds, before throttling to 128Kbps for $20/month. The price includes a $5/month auto-pay discount and is a limited time offer exclusive to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers. Those who do not have Optimum or Suddenlink internet or cable service will pay $30/month with auto-pay for service. Taxes and fees will cost extra. A maximum of 5 lines are allowed per account.
Besides the unlimited talk, text, and data the plan will also include mobile hotspot with speeds limited to 600Kbps, and streaming video while using hotspot will be limited to a resolution of about 480p.
Service will also include unlimited international text messaging and talk from the USA to more than 35 countries, and unlimited talk, text and data access while traveling in those countries.
While travelling, the first GB of data will be available at LTE data speeds and then speeds are reduced to 2G data speeds. Customers can add additional LTE data priced at $15 for 1GB good for 15 days, or $30 for 3GB good for 30 days.
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