Should You Switch to Comcast's New Mobile Service?

Comcast is an infamously ruthless company.

Under similar pressures, the rest of the cable industry is also expected to move in Comcast's direction. Initially, service will only be open to the company's existing customers, so you'll need to have Comcast cable, internet or home phone to qualify. In a statement, Comcast points to an NPD Group report, "Smartphone Data Consumption Report, Oct. 2016", which suggests that up to 80 percent of smartphone data traffic in the United States travels over WiFi, not cellular networks.

Schwartz says, "every inch of their network will be available to our subscribers as well". Xfinity Mobile is limited to people who already get internet, television, or home phone services from the provider. Xfinity Mobile said it will also feature the best devices from Samsung and LG. With Xfinity Mobile, customers only pay for the gigabytes they use, with the flexibility to easily switch back-and-forth between data options using the Xfinity Mobile app at no cost. There are no line-access fees, and Xfinity Mobile includes talk and text with the first 100 megabytes of shared 4G LTE data included. About 70% of customers use less than 5 GB per month, Butz says. After 20GB of data usage in a single month, your data speeds will be slowed. It's a bundle that will compete with AT&T and Verizon, which have a big head start on wireless but are still behind in those other areas. Unlimited data will cost $45 or $65 a month for up to five lines. In a further nod to flexibility, families can mix-and-match on an account so that each person can choose individual data options.

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But if you want Comcast to spend as much money as possible, just keep your Wi-Fi off. Boom, instant "Munch on that, Comcast!" smackdown.

Since the plan was announced in September, Comcast executives have been staving off questions from analysts, who are curious about everything from pricing and contract terms to available handsets.




Payments are automatically billed through your credit card.

The service is for customers that already have CMCSA's Xfinity Internet service.

There are a few major catches with Xfinity Mobile, at least for now. He adds, though, that "things won't happen overnight" and "we will make adjustments over time". "We have a really efficient business model. You're going to become a loyal customer". One of its traditional competitors in the entertainment space, DirecTV, is now part of AT&T, obviously a major player in wireless. Watson said the timing for Xfinity Mobile works now.

Xfinity Mobile will toggle between Comcast Wifi hot spots and Verizon's wireless network. "They are trying to learn and then decide what to do - everything from building their own network to buying T-Mobile or even Sprint".

Xfinity Mobile is created to support the core cable business. We know that it'll be in 2017 for sure. Customer support is by phone, chat, and 24/7 text messaging.

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