thered99.com

Science

Comcast Reveals the Nitty-Gritty on Its Xfinity Mobile Service

Share
Source Xfinity

There were reports that Comcast was interested in getting in the wireless business and the company has confirmed its intention to compete in this space today by announcing the launch of its new wireless service called Comcast Xfinity Mobile. The Philadelphia-based company will offer service that unlimited data starting at $45 a month for existing TV and internet customers and $65 for internet customers.

Comcast mobile customers will be able to get faster speeds by connecting to Comcast Wi-Fi hotspots, of which there are 16 million around the country.

Gizmodo ran the comps. Verizon and AT&T, the nation's two largest mobile networks, have mobile packages starting around $80 and $90 monthly, while smaller networks Sprint and T-Mobile offer services around $50 and $70. Price wars have forced networks to drop overage fees for data used while streaming, and Comcast's low-billed plans will provide further competition to carriers such as Verizon and AT&T.

Details released on Thursday offer a glimpse of how Comcast plans to make inroads in an oversaturated market for US wireless service that is increasingly price-driven.

When it launches, Comcast's service will support the most recent phones from Apple, Samsung and LG.

"Comcast will likely sell this service to up to 10% of its base in the next couple of years, which will be a nice boost to its revenues and profits, but will make only a tiny dent in the overall USA wireless market - 10% penetration of its broadband base would be just 2.5 million customers, which is less than the number of new customers the big four carriers added last quarter alone", Dawson wrote. All-hours customer service is available via text or call.

Xfinity Mobile's phones will be connecting up to towers operated by Verizon Wireless for their cellular coverage.

Comcast did not give a specific date for when Xfinity Mobile will be available to consumers. Oh, you want to know which carrier's network Comcast will use?

Comcast has been able to use Verizon's mobile network since 2011, when it sold a chunk of wireless spectrum to the mobile carrier.

Notably, the Xfinity Mobile will not enable Wi-Fi calling, meaning all voice service will rely on the Verizon MVNO deal.

Comcast's rate of $45/month for 20GB (plus more, after throttling) on the Verizon network, available only to "premium X1 subscribers", looks like a great deal. In other words, you're not really saving as much as you'd think - you're just giving the company your money as a part of another service offering. Customers with multiple lines can choose different options for different lines.

But Comcast is not doing anything to encourage those switchers who need a new phone, either. The service will tap into Comcast Xfinity apps in allowing viewing of up to 200 live TV channels and 40,000 on demand movies and shows.

Share