Comcast goes into U.S. wireless business with unlimited data plans

Download		
		
					 													
															 					Full Size
Download Full Size
Author

07 April, 2017

Other downsides include the fact that Comcast won't offer family plans, at least not right away, and users won't be able to bring their own devices to the Xfinity Mobile service at launch. Comcast says it will add that option sometime in the future. If unlimited data doesn't sound necessary, Comcast will offer a "By the Gig" plan that costs $12 per GB of data.

Another detail worth noting is that Xfinity Mobile customers will automatically connect to Comcast's network of 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots while out and about.

For instance, 5GB on the Verizon network with Walmart's Total Wireless costs $35/month, less than Comcast is charging.

Other caveats to the service: "Unlimited" data will be slowed after 20 GB of usage in a month.

The company says the service is "designed for the way people use their phones today, with Internet and data at the center of the experience". Also, customers can only get the $45 option if they have one of Comcast's high-end internet and cable bundles, which start at $150 a month.

24x7 customer support via text message - created to support the way customers use their smartphones today. 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. Seventy percent of US wireless customers use less than 5 GB of cellular data per month3, so families can share their data across devices and will only pay for what they use. As with most unlimited offerings from carriers, though, speeds will be throttled after you pass 20GB of data use in a month.

However, Comcast may wait to see if Sprint and T-Mobile merge, which could ease fierce competition in the wireless industry. It'll run on Verizon's 4G LTE network and will be available to Comcast customers soon.

We recently asked you to support our journalism.

More news: TASER announces plan to give body cameras to every cop

It will be available only to the 29 million Comcast customers who subscribe to media or internet services.

Customers must already be buying Internet service at home from Comcast. This is good for someone who thinks they'll only use a small amount of data per month.

Analysts at JPMorgan wrote in January that building a wireless business could cost Comcast hundreds of millions of dollars annually in the first few years, potentially cutting as much as 5 cents to 10 cents off earnings per share in 2017.

Comcast said that this demonstrated the importance of Wi-Fi in mobile data consumption.

Comcast will initially require customers to buy phones through the company.

Users will be able to switch between plans whenever they want without a penalty. Xfinity Mobile service payments will be automatically billed through the customer's credit card.

"The economics really work", Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said in January. Verizon has doubled down on digital media as well, with plans to acquire Yahoo's (YHOO - Free Report) core business.


More news


  • Honor 8 Pro hands-on review

    Honor 8 Pro hands-on review

    On unboxing the Honor 8 Pro there's instantaneously one thing that can be recognised within the device's packaging. But the Honor 8 Pro also has a better image resolution, boasting a QHD screen with 2560 x 1440 pixels.
    Susan Rice: 'I Leaked Nothing to Nobody' on Trump Transition

    Susan Rice: 'I Leaked Nothing to Nobody' on Trump Transition

    McCAIN: "I think the circumstances indicate that there's a possibility that that request could have been politically motivated". This is typically done because the official needs the name to understand the full context of the report.

    Mississippi State's 'intensity, heart' snaps UConn's 111-straight wins

    UConn will return to campus from the Final Four on Sunday for the first time in five years without a national championship trophy. It wasn't originally for me, but the way they had guarded, I told Dom (Dillingham) to get the ball and take it down the court.
  • Mike Pence breaks tie as Senate passes anti-Planned Parenthood bill

    Mike Pence breaks tie as Senate passes anti-Planned Parenthood bill

    Almost 88,000 individuals in Washington receive services from Planned Parenthood under Medicaid funding, according to the group. Two Republican senators - Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins - joined Democrats in opposing the measure.
    Congress Lets States Block Some Planned Parenthood Money

    Congress Lets States Block Some Planned Parenthood Money

    Pence was able to cast the tie-breaking vote, his second since the president's inauguration, after Sen. In 2011, IN slashed funding for Planned Parenthood , shutting down many rural clinics.

    North Carolina hopes 'bathroom bill' deal saves NCAA events

    They are the ones that need to come to a way to fully and cleanly repeal HB2 so that business will come back to our state. The NCAA had said it would refuse to hold championship events in North Carolina through 2022 unless the law was changed.
  • Fed minutes reveal debate over inflation and Trump

    Get great content delivered straight to your inbox every morning Monday-Friday at 8:00am, just a click away, Sign Up Now. The minutes said rate hikes would continue gradually as long as "the economy continued to perform about as expected".
    Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

    Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

    Ironic, considering that during last year's presidential campaign, both Flynn and Trump made comments about how such deals indicated guilt.
    Hangover actor get punched by scared kangaroo

    Hangover actor get punched by scared kangaroo

    TMZ reports the handler also carried the animal around the stage when it looked like it tried to run off the stage. Some show goers and Epps followers were not pleased with the animal addition to the show.
  • MLB salaries: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers have top payrolls in 2017

    MLB salaries: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers have top payrolls in 2017

    Scully followed through with the remarks and didn't watch the Dodgers 14-3 win over the San Diego Padres . That would be historic - but maybe not out of the realm of possibility if they kept playing the Padres.

    Internet privacy repeal headed to Oval Office

    On Tuesday both houses of Congress voted to repeal FCC privacy regulations that were only adopted a year ago . The repeal of the rule doesn't necessarily mean your browsing history is up for bids.

    Strong Storms Possible Friday

    We encourage you to not put your smartphone on Do Not Disturb that way you'll receive weather warnings while you're sleeping. All of East Texas is in the SLIGHT RISK AREA and surrounding the MODERATE RISK area is the ENHANCED RISK area.