Dive into this guide and find Spectrum’s cheapest internet, cable television, and mobile plans. Also, find bundles that’ll give you the most value.
I want to find the cheapest Spectrum plans that also give me the most value. I compiled all Spectrum’s budget-friendly plans into this guide.
While reading, you’ll find the following:
- Most affordable home internet plan
- Cheapest cable TV plan
- Budget-friendly mobile plan
- Cheapest TV, landline, internet, & mobile bundles
- Whether Spectrum offers deals
- Additional ways to save money on Spectrum bills
Let’s get to it.
Cheapest Spectrum Internet Plan
Spectrum’s cheapest internet plan is Spectrum Internet 300 Mbps. It’s $49.99 monthly for the first year and offers 300/10 Mbps network speeds.
The plan’s price will increase to $74.99 monthly after the first year. These prices don’t include sales tax or the wireless router rental ($5.00/mo.).
These speeds could allow 12 devices in your home to simultaneously stream 4K UHD TV1 video. But it’s not the best plan for households running many home security cameras. You could run 2 at the most.
Because each requires 4.0 Mbps of upstream bandwidth.
If you live in a household with someone on a government benefit program, you may be eligible for a recurring $30 credit. Or $75 monthly if you live in qualifying Tribal Lands.
This is known as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Some programs that’ll make you eligible to use this credit include Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) .
Check their website to see all programs that’ll make you eligible.
Here’s what your internet plans will look like when applying for this credit:
|Tier||Promo Price||Promo. Price (w/ $30 ACP Credit)||Post Promo||Post Promo. w/ Credit|
Or refer to this pretty chart:
It’s technically Spectrum’s cheapest internet plan. But it’s only available to households who are in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Security Income
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The low-income internet plan gives you 30/4.0 Mbps internet speeds and costs $17.99 monthly. It’s free if you use the ACP credit with it.
Moving onto television plans.
Cheapest Spectrum TV Plans
Spectrum TV Select is the cheapest English-language cable television plan with over 125 channels. It’s $59.99 monthly for the first year, then $79.99 from month 12.
In SOME areas, Spectrum TV Basic is the cheapest option (at $9.99/mo.). But Spectrum’s website doesn’t provide enough information for me to believe it truly exists. All I have to go on is a screenshot I found in their rate card :
It appears the way to get this service is by calling their customer service. Ask them whether the plan still exists.
Want Spanish-language channels?
Go for Mi Plan Latino. It’s $39.99 for the first 12 months and includes over 145 channels. This price rises to $54.99 after the first year.
Prices for neither plan include cable box rentals nor the broadcast TV fee. There’s one way to avoid these extra costs.
There’s also Spectrum TV Essentials. It’s $24.99 monthly and is technically the cheapest “TV” plan. But it’s more like a streaming service.
You can get this live television streaming plan as an add-on for any internet-only plan.
The add-on includes 60 channels and is accessible through the Spectrum TV app. It’s an app downloadable on devices like the Xbox One, Roku, and Apple TV 4K. Or watch it on Spectrum.net.
Before moving on to TV plans, let’s compare all available TV plans:
|Tier||Promo. Price||Post Promo.||Channels||Best For|
|TV Select||$59.99/mo.||$79.99/mo.||125+||Basic cable TV|
|MI Plan Latino||$39.99/mo.||$54.99/mo.||145+||Access to Spanish channels|
|Spectrum TV Select + Latino View||$71.99/mo.||NA||200+||More multi-lingual channel options|
Let’s talk about mobile plans.
Cheapest Spectrum Mobile Plan
The cheapest Spectrum mobile plan is By The Gig. It’s $14.99 a line monthly per gigabyte.
If you need unlimited data, Unlimited is the most affordable plan. It’s $29.99 a month per line.
Both plans include the following:
- Unlimited talk & text
- Access to over 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots
- Verizon Wireless towers: a lot of coverage
You can only get Spectrum mobile if you have an existing Spectrum internet-only plan. But the Unlimited Mobile plan has a soft data cap.
That means you’ll have reduced speeds once you use 20 gigabytes (GB) of data. 20 GB is enough for streaming 28 hours of 480p SD video .
Spectrum Mobile has excellent trade-in bonuses, though. When you trade in an old device, you’ll get your device’s trade-in value PLUS an extra $100–$500. The bonus value depends on the type of phone you trade-in.
These credits could help lower Spectrum cell phones’ prices by hundreds of dollars.
Here’s a guide that covers Spectrum’s other phone deals.
For now, I want to talk about bundles.
Cheapest Spectrum Bundle
You don’t get discounts when bundling Spectrum’s internet, TV, and landline services. Nor is there technically a “cheapest bundle.”
But here are the most affordable bundles that encompass all their services:
|Bundle||Promo. Price||Post Promo. Price|
|Spectrum Internet + TV||$109.98/mo.||$154.98/mo.|
|TV Select + Internet + Voice||$129.97/mo.||$174.97/mo.|
|MI Plan Latino + Internet||$89.98/mo.||$129.98/mo.|
|Wi-Fi + 300 Mbps internet + Mobile||$49.99/mo.||$109.98/mo.|
There’s 1 bundle that offers a discount. When you get any Spectrum internet plan, add one Unlimited Spectrum mobile line and a free Wi-Fi rental for 1 year. That’ll save you around $420.
After that year, you’ll have to pay $29.99 for the mobile line. $5.00 monthly for the Wi-Fi router lease. And $74.99 for the post-promotion internet price.
If, by this time, you’ve stumbled on enough money to buy yourself a router, I recommend doing so. You can waive the $5.00 monthly fee by doing so.
And in my experience, using my own network hardware has provided quicker internet speeds than using the internet service provider’s equipment.
There’s not much else to say about the other bundles. They all include 300 Mbps download, and 10 Mbps upload internet speeds. That could support over 12 devices streaming 4K UHD TV1 simultaneously.
Most homes won’t need faster internet. So long as you don’t have people downloading massive files all day every day.
Let’s talk about other ways to save money with Spectrum.
What Discounts Does Spectrum Offer?
The only discounts that Spectrum offers are the new customer promotions. They’ll charge up to 40% less for some internet and TV plans for the first year.
After the first 12 months, you must pay the standard rate.
Spectrum internet-only customers can get a free Peacock Premium subscription for 90 days. Meanwhile, cable television customers get the service free for a year.
New internet-only customers can get a 1-week free trial of Spectrum TV Essentials. Just get any internet plan and add TV Essentials to your cart.
I can’t include every discount in this guide. Doing so would make another piece I wrote useless. Check out my other guide to find more promotions, deals, and discounts.
Meanwhile, learn how to shave a bit of money off your Spectrum bills.
How To Save Money on Your Spectrum Bill
The most significant way most new and existing customers can save money on their Spectrum internet bill is to buy a third-party router. Depending on your router’s price, it’ll take at least a year or 2 before you start saving money on your internet bill.
Most routers are also compatible with every other internet service provider.
You’ll need the right router for your plan. We’ve tested and made a list of all the best routers for any of Spectrum’s plans. Some categories we’ve covered in our list include:
- Network gateways: wireless router/modem combos
- Mesh Wi-Fi: best for homes that have wireless dead zones
- Routers that support max Wi-Fi speeds on every Spectrum plan
Our guide doesn’t cover gaming routers. This piece does, though.
The last point on the list is the most important. Especially if you’re researching routers. Say you get a router that has maximum Wi-Fi speeds of 200 Mbps. If you used that on Spectrum’s plans, you wouldn’t get the advertised speeds.
You’d get 200 Mbps download speeds max.
When looking at sales pages for routers, check for this copy. However, many product copywriters like to play with words. They could say the “X” router supports 1,000 Mbps.
But in reality, it supports 500 Mbps.
You’ll need to view forum posts and videos of people testing the maximum speeds of the Wi-Fi router you want.
The only way to save money on Spectrum’s TV plan is to get any Spectrum internet plan, then add Spectrum TV Essentials to your transaction.
You’ll get 60 channels. And they’re viewable through the Spectrum TV app, which means you’ll need an internet connection.
But you won’t have to pay the TV box fee. Or other ridiculous hidden fees.
I have a dedicated guide covering “hacks” to save money on your Spectrum plans. Check it out.
FAQs: Cheapest Charter Spectrum Plans
Check out these commonly asked questions regarding Spectrum’s most affordable packages.
How To Get a Cheaper Plan With Spectrum?
Get a cheaper plan with Spectrum by negotiating your new customer rates. Check out another guide I wrote on how to negotiate.
What Is the Least Expensive Spectrum TV Package?
The least expensive Spectrum television package is Spectrum TV Essentials. It’s $24.99 monthly and only accessible if you order it alongside an internet-only plan.
Despite Spectrum charging an absurd amount after staying on their plans for a year, they offer many ways to reduce your service and entertainment costs. But they hide them a bit.
For instance, using home internet with an Affordable Connectivity Program credit. Then add the TV Essentials live TV streaming add-on.
If you want to find ways to save money on your Spectrum plans, you’ll need to check out this overview I wrote on all their services.