Savvy consumers want to bundle offerings like TV, Internet, and home phone services into one easily manageable package. Bundles generally offer customers the convenience of combined billing, plus the advantage of discounts on monthly bills. Across the world, bundled services reached over 583 million households in 2015, and estimates show that number growing to more than 757 million homes by the end of 2020.
Cellphone plans, however, aren’t taken advantage of nearly as often. Customers either don’t know that quad plays are available, or they don’t know how to see if one is available. The first step is to figure out which internet providers are available.
Can I Bundle My Cell Plan?
Your best bet and bundling your TV, internet, and cellphone plan is if you live in AT&T or Verizon areas. These companies have different offers, but both are blazing the trail as the first major providers to offer cellphone bundling. Put your zip code in below to see if either service provider is available in your area.
If neither AT&T nor Verizon serve your home or apartment, you can probably still bundle DIRECTV with your AT&T cell plan for unlimited data. Click here for more details on this offer.
AT&T – Unlimited Cellular Data
With the merger of AT&T and DIRECTV®, the super-sized company now offers more cellphone-friendly bundles than ever. The most notable thing about this new TV and wireless bundle from AT&T is that it provides unlimited cellular data with an eligible DIRECTV or AT&T U-verse® TV plan. If an eligible TV service isn’t available, then AT&T will either default to a 10GB plan or possibly allow a customer to revert back to their former data plan. If customers are switching their cellphone service to take advantage of the plan, they may also be eligible for up to $650 in credits with a qualifying trade-in.
Verizon – Up to $200 Visa Prepaid Card With Plan
Verizon initially rolled out their quad play option in 2007, partnering with DIRECTV for TV services. It then switched the plans up in 2009, offering up to a $15 discount per month for customers who added cellphone service to their existing bundles through either Verizon Fios® TV or DIRECTV. However, due to the aforementioned AT&T/DIRECTV merger, this offering is no longer available.
More recently, Verizon has started contracting with other pay-TV providers, like XFINITY®. Users who sign up for both an XFINITY bundle and a Verizon Wireless offer will still have to manage separate billing between the two companies, but they may be eligible for a Visa® Prepaid Card worth up to $200 to help offset plan expenses.
Bundles provide consumers with simplicity, convenience, and cost savings. They also offer providers the reassurance that customers will be less likely to leave for a competitor’s offer. However, as with most entertainment and communication services, not all packages or offers are available everywhere. Much depends on location, infrastructure, and other market conditions. The best way to learn what wireless bundling options are available to you is to search traditional pay-TV offerings in your ZIP code, then call your chosen provider and ask if they’ve got any plans that include cellular service.
*Plans and offers are current as of writing. Offers are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.