Cable company Comcast just introduced its version of re-branded Verizon wireless service-Xfinity Mobile-which will be sold to existing Comcast customers for $12/GB of data or up to $65/line for an "unlimited" plan.
Comcast is officially pushing into the wireless space with an approach that will heavily rely on its 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots with Xfinity Mobile. Customers can choose either unlimited data, or per-gigabyte pricing at $12 per GB per month. While Frank would have been on per-gigabyte pricing, Comcast also claimed savings of $180 to $240 per month for customers on the unlimited plan in comparison with the average competitive offering.
The wireless service will be available on Apple Inc's AAPL.O iPhones as well as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS Galaxy phones. They can buy the phones outright or on a monthly interest-free installment plan, Comcast officials said. "Mobility is more important than ever to consumers, so we've designed Xfinity Mobile the way mobile should be - a simple solution for internet and entertainment in and out of the home".
"Comcast understands the need to get back into the wireless business for their own survival".
ComcastComcast on Thursday took the wraps off of its new mobile phone service, Xfinity Mobile. Terms of Comcast's agreement with Verizon have not been disclosed, but some analysts have doubted whether Comcast would be able to offer unlimited plans, which could add significant traffic over Verizon's network.
Some factors pushing Comcast into this new market include the company's interest in improving customer retention and stiff competition from new TV providers like AT&T's DirecTV Now, YouTube TV (which launched yesterday), and Hulu's upcoming live TV streaming option. Xfinity Mobile is using Verizon's network, so coverage should be pretty good across the US. If you're okay with non-Verizon networks, Sprint, Boost, and MetroPCS all undercut Comcast's single-line unlimited deal at $50.
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"WiFi is a major selling point from Comcast's perspective, but I'm very skeptical that it'll be a big part of users' experience, given how few hotspots Comcast actually has in places where people spend time out of residential neighborhoods, and the fact that WiFi is often now slower rather than faster than LTE", wrote Jackdaw Research analyst Jack Dawson.
Also, you can't bring your own device, at least not yet.
Otherwise, unlimited talk, text and data (subject to throttling at 20 GB) is available for $65/line with multiple options for discounting depending on customers' existing level of Comcast service. ○ 24x7 support available from a dedicated Xfinity Mobile call center support team, available to assist with any questions.
Xfinity Mobile is launching soon. "Comcast clearly sees Xfinity Mobile as a profit maker not as a market disrupter", he says.
The majority of Comcast customers will be paying $65/mo per line, but that decreases to $45/mo per line if you're on the X1 plan for television service.