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Altice Launches Altice Mobile: $20 Unlimited Plan for Optimum/Suddenlink Customers, $30 All Others

Phillip Dampier September 5, 2019 Altice USA, Competition, Consumer News, Wireless Broadband 3 Comments

Altice USA today launched its nationwide mobile phone service, offering “lifetime unlimited talk, text, and data” for $20 a month for existing Optimum and Suddenlink customers, $30 a month for non-customers.

Altice has agreements with Sprint and AT&T to host its wireless service on both provider’s 4G LTE networks when customers are outside the range of a suitable Wi-Fi network. Altice’s plan is designed with pricing simplicity — $20 per line, up to five lines per account. A $10 activation fee may apply and prices do not include taxes, fees, and surcharges. The plan provides:

  • unlimited data, text, and talk nationwide (up to 50 GB data usage per month, after which speed is subject to throttling to 128 kbps for the rest of the billing cycle),
  • unlimited mobile hotspot (speed limited to 600 kbps),
  • unlimited video streaming (streaming video will play “at DVD 480p quality”),
  • unlimited international text and talk from the U.S. to more than 35 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Israel, most of Europe, and more, and,
  • unlimited data, text and talk while traveling abroad in those same countries.

Altice discloses customers connected to 4G LTE service should expect download speeds of 6-8 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-3 Mbps with “round-trip latency of less than 100 ms.” If you connect to a 4G LTE Advanced cell tower, customers can expect faster download speed of 12-30 Mbps. Altice does not allow customers to connect to 3G service and does not support 5G service at this time.

Altice claims its mobile plan can save customers up to $600 per year for one line, and up to $1,100 per year for households and families with five lines. It is also the first cable mobile plan that will accept non-customers, at a higher price. Non-Optimum or Suddenlink customers (or current customers who discontinue cable service or who fall seriously past due on their accounts) will pay $30 a line, a $10 premium.

Altice claims its mobile network welcomes customers bringing their own devices, and offers an online compatibility checker. But an FAQ claims Altice Mobile is currently only able to support iPhone for Bring Your Own Phone service. It must be iPhone SE, 6 or newer, and operate iOS 12.2 or above.

In contrast, Comcast and Charter both accept a wider range of devices and rely on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, but at a price of $12-14/GB or $45/month for unlimited talk, text, and data. Those two cable companies only sell mobile service to customers subscribed to their home broadband services.

Currently there are 3 comments on this Article:

  1. Dyl says:

    Eugene, OR, zipcode has no service. Neither do Seattle, Sacramento, or Portland. 99% coverage? OK then.

  2. Bob C says:

    So, how much are the taxes, fees, & surcharges?
    The gov’t sets the taxes and surcharges, but doesn’t Altice set the fees?

  3. Janice says:

    Their online customer support and service is terrible- actually non existent. After 10 years with At/T, I switched to Altice to save money. I had my own phone and they issued me a phone number. Unfortunately, another person had this number only an hour earlier. After several days of receiving calls from the person who had tbd number, and people that were her friends, I tried resolving with Altice…..Zero resolution as of today. Today, I am trying to cancel this terrible carrier and will return to Att. I have been on line with their mobile customer online support. After 20 minutes, of automated responses, still no help!! Beware, the savings is not worth your time…..& time is precious.







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