Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile

Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile
Cable giant Comcast announced today that it will be starting a wireless service called Xfinity Mobile that will launch in the middle of this year. Wireless plans will be offered only to Comcast customers who subscribe to the company's Xfinity home internet service. Xfinity Mobile will use its 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots in conjunction with Verizon's far reaching 4G LTE network. Comcast had an MVNO agreement with Verizon as far back as 2011, and is just now taking advantage of the deal it made with the nation's largest carrier.

Despite the MVNO deal, Comcast is not using the Verizon name in any of its promotional material. Instead, Comcast is telling users that its network uses the "most reliable 4G LTE network." The hot spots will be the first connectivity option for Xfinity Mobile subscribers, with Big Red's pipeline used in areas where an Xfinity hot spot is not available. Comcast says that "every inch" of Verizon's network will be made available to Comcast customers.

Comcast is making it clear that it is not looking to become a major player in the industry. Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer for Comcast Cable, said that the wireless service is merely a value add-on for Comcast's 29 million home-based subscribers. The company is the largest residential Internet Service Provider in the states.

When the service launches later this year, subscribers will be limited to using the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED edition, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus and the Apple iPhone SE. The service will also support Android handsets made by Samsung and LG. Consumers will have two pricing choices. Unlimited data will cost $45 or $65 a month for up to five lines. The lower price will be offered to subscribers of Comcast's most expensive X1 plan that usually costs $150 a month or more. The unlimited plan includes unlimited talk and text, and there is no per line access charge. Those using more than 20GB of data in a single month will have their data speeds throttled.

The other pricing option charges subscribers $12 for each GB consumed. Comcast's Schwartz says that 80% of data is used over a Wi-Fi network, meaning that this plan might be suited for most Xfinity Mobile users. And Comcast says that subscribers will be able to switch back and forth between the two plans without paying an additional penalty. This way, if a Xfinity Mobile customer is using more data than expected during a particular month, he can switch to unlimited and revert back to the pay by GB plan for the following month. Subscribers will have to sign up for auto pay, and will also have the ability to live stream 200 channels on their mobile device.


For Comcast, this could be a way to test out the wireless business before it makes a major investment in it. The company has been linked to rumored mergers with T-Mobile and Sprint. Such a deal would make more sense now than ever since AT&T owns Comcast cable rival DirecTV.

source: Comcast

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13 Comments

1. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

$12/ month for mobile service count me in! I use 1GB AT&T plan (w/ unlimited 2G of course) and it costs me $45. Yeah, the tiny LTE data allotment sucks balls, but for $12 it would be a steal...

12. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

I just cut the Comcast cord yesterday after 30+ years. Comcast is terrible in every way. I'm sure this "primarily wi-fi" service will prove to be terrible in every way as well.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

As a Comcast subscriber I may look into this... How much will the phones cost though??

3. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

The phones will be priced like they are on the carriers. Either pay monthly for them or buy them out right.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

We'll see...

5. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awesome! I've been hoping for a carrier with the same coverage as Verizon, but worse customer service.

8. Reybanz88

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I was thinking the exact same thing! We need more companies with terrible customer service, it's the only way we'll be happy as consumers.

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

and you thought verizon was selling your personal data? LMAO comcast is the worst

7. Junito

Posts: 144; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I'm sure this is merely an introductory deal, until they get some traction. There's no way, two of the greediest companies in corporate America are getting together to offer cheap deals. They are going to suck people in, as they did with their TV & internet bundles.

9. Reybanz88

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

After 6 months it'll double then after a year double again lol just like the other Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple Plays

13. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Bait and Switch pricing is Comcast's business model. Avoid like the plague.

10. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

No BYOD = DOA

11. CellieCell

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

Only concern I have with this is, how it willor can affect my internet speed. I know you can manually disabled the ability to make Wi-Fi signal for the Xfinity customers, but lately I've seen that "open Xfinity network" (for paying subscribers) availability activated itself. If anyone have any input on the security issues or internet priority please let me know. Much appreciate it.

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