Comcast Unveils Plan To Sell Mobile Services That Harness Its Wifi Network

Comcast Corp. unveiled a wireless service that offers unlimited data on Verizon Communications Inc.'s network for cheaper than plans from almost every other competitor. Called Xfinity Mobile, it will be available to existing Comcast customers and newcomers who agree to bundle wireless and Comcast home internet service. For instance, Comcast is offering big discounts on Xfinity Wireless service if you pay for the company's most expensive cable plans. It will employ Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots within its footprint, allowing customers to switch automatically onto Wi-Fi from 4G LTE.

Gizmodo ran the comps. Key Features: ● No Line Access Fees Get up to five lines automatically included when you add Xfinity Mobile to your Xfinity Internet service, with no line access fees, unlimited talk and text, and your first 100 MB of shared 4G LTE data included - all at no extra cost. People who feel they don't need an unlimited plan can also sign up for a pay-as-you-go service, with Xfinity Mobile charging $12 per GB.

The company first confirmed it would launch a wireless phone service to compete against the likes of Verizon and AT&T last September. You can also switch between the two tiers freely, so one month you can have unlimited and the next month you pay by the gig. It will initially be available only to subscribers with Xfinity broadband service.

Consumers are enjoying a particularly competitive stretch between the major wireless companies, as they jockey to steal each other's customers with better unlimited data deals.

But Google Fi hasn't caught on, in part because it works with only a few Google-branded phones and uses networks from T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, which aren't as robust as Verizon's. Where the company's WiFi signals are unavailable, Xfinity Mobile will connect to the traditional cellular network owned by Verizon, which Comcast is using as a result of an airwaves agreement signed several years ago.

Watson compared the deployment of Xfinity Mobile to Comcast's X1 video delivery system, which has been slow to unfurl but has otherwise been a resounding success for Comcast. Yes, you're getting unlimited data here and Wi-Fi isn't all that necessary in this regard, but Comcast has to save money somehow and this is their idea of doing so. ○ 24x7 customer support via text message - created to support the way customers use their smartphones today. Mobile customers can use the Xfinity Home app, too, in order to remotely control their smart home devices.

Xfinity Mobile customers will have the option of Apple, Samsung or LG phones.

Cable giant Comcast Corp. on Thursday unveiled details of its upcoming wireless mobile service amid growing convergence and a battle between pay TV and phone companies for on-the-go consumers.

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

  • Joey Payne