Cox Launches Mobile Phone Pilot Program in Hampton Roads Amid Rise of Internet Competitors – The Virginian-Pilot

Cable television and internet company Cox Communications is getting into the mobile phone network business, and Hampton Roads home internet customers can now access the new service.

The region is one of a handful of pilot sites where the company is launching its Cox Mobile service before expanding later this year, the company announced on Monday. Other pilot sites include Omaha, Nebraska and Las Vegas.

The service has two tiers: an a la carte data plan starting at $15 per month and an unlimited data plan starting at $45 per month.

Notably, the service is currently only available to Cox’s home internet customers, according to the announcement.

Much of Hampton Roads also has access to Cox’s 5G network, which has higher data speeds than the company’s nationwide 4G network.

In the announcement, Cox Communications President Mark Greatrex said the company has done extensive research into what its customers expect from a mobile phone provider.

“Cox Mobile gives our customers what they’ve been asking for – a simple, flexible and reliable mobile experience wherever they go,” said Greatrex.

Cox is launching the service as more broadband Internet competitors announce plans to enter the Hampton Roads market. In July, Internet service provider Lumos announced that it was bringing an $83 million high-speed fiber optic network to parts of Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake without access to Verizon Fios. Norfolk, long a city where Cox is the only broadband internet provider, is getting a fiber network from MetroNet, which was announced in April 2021.

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Trevor Metcalfe, 757-222-5345, [email protected]

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