As expected, the largest cable company in the United States is launching a wireless service.
Comcast’s new Xfinity Mobile service combines WiFi and 4G LTE for coverage, and with prices as low as $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data the service seems pretty competitive… but there’s a catch.
Xfinity Mobile is only available as part of a bundle deal: you need to bundle Comcast’s other Xfinity services such as TV or wired internet with Xfinity Mobile.
Here are the pricing options:
- $45 per month per line for unlimited plans for subscribers of one of Comcast’s “best” X1 cable packages
- $65 per month per line for subscribers to any Xfinity package
- $12 per gigabyte for pay-as-you-go data (which could be cheaper if you use up to 5GB per month or less)
Xfinity Mobile relies on Verizon’s 4G LTE network to provide nationwide coverage, but customers devices will automatically connect to one of Comcast’s 16 million WiFi hotspots when in range.
One advantage to bundling the service with Xfinity TV packages? Your mobile device will also automatically keep you signed into Xfinity apps for watching live or on-demand TV content.
All told, Xfinity Mobile sounds like a competitive option for existing Comcast customers. Whether it’ll convince anyone else to switch carriers or sign up for Comcast in the first place remains to be seen.
There are certainly other companies that offer cheaper data plans. Sprint just announced a new Unlimited data plan priced at $50 per month for the first line, with discounted rates for additional lines. And depending on your data usage needs, prepaid carriers such as Ting, Straight Talk, or Project Fi might be cheaper options.
I already have comcast internet but there is no way I would consider this. Using Verizon for cellular data is nice, but $65 a month, not a chance! I’ll stick with my $30 Cricket plan that includes 8GB of LTE data on AT&T’s network, thanks though.
Why hasn’t Verizon themselves done something like this with FIOS? Would love to be able to pay alacarte for data and have unlimited talk/text.. I never have enough need for Verizon to make it a monthly bill between my T-Mobile tablet data and freedompop stuff..
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