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You Might Save Money Getting a Cell-Phone Plan From Your Cable Company

Consumer Reports looked at the new plans and how quickly they're growing in popularity

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Maybe you’ve seen ads for cell-phone service from companies you don’t usually think of when it comes to mobile phones. More and more cable and broadband companies are offering cell-phone plans, and as Consumer Reports reveals, those plans can often save you money.

About 5 million people now get their cell-phone service from a cable or broadband provider, which are leasing wireless capacity from major carriers and using WiFi whenever possible to provide service. It's a solution that, in some cases, can save consumers money.

If you already get internet service from Spectrum or Xfinity or any service offered by Altice’s Optimum or Suddenlink brands, adding a cell-phone plan to the bundle could lower your mobile bill.

All three companies offer one phone line with unlimited talk, text, and data for just $45 a month. And they offer flexibility, so you can sign up for customized data plans for each member of your family.

There are a few drawbacks to consider: Your service could get slowed down if network traffic is high, fees or taxes may not be included in the advertised rates and automatic monthly payments may be required.

If money is tight, this could be a way to afford both cell service and a wired broadband connection in your house.

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