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Comcast Confirms Plans of Launching Own MVNO Next Year

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For a while now, it's been speculated that Comcast will be launching its own MVNO cellular service. Earlier today, the speculation was finally laid to rest as the mass media company finally unveiled its plans to launch a Comcast "network" by the middle of next year. Unveiling the information in an investor conference, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts emphasized that they will be concentrating on building its Wi-Fi hotspots, just like Google's Project Fi. When a customer is away from a Wi-Fi connection, he will still be able to use his Comcast device under Verizon Wireless' network.

In July, Comcast executive Greg Butz was promoted to spearhead the newly created Comcast Mobile division. It was also around this time when the company showed interest in the 600MHz auction held by the FCC. Last October, however, Comcast already alerted Verizon they were looking at selling mobile service under Verizon's networks. Both companies first entered into a partnership back in 2012. 

In preparation with its MVNO service, Comcast will be relying on over 14 million Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. These establishments include public hotspots in coffee shops, parks, restaurants, etc.; as well as routers in the homes of customers and an optional "guest mode" for sharing internet connections with those nearby.

As for information on pricing or detailed rollout plans, the Comcast CEO wasn't able to share more information. The only other info they divulged was that they hope to target their mobile service to its current cable customers. This is something Comcast hopes would enable them to address what AT&T is offering with its DirecTV satellite service and unlimited AT&T mobile data plan exclusively available for DirecTV subscribers. 


Source: The Verge

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  1. Comcast is late to the game but they could dominate IF they price their service competitively.

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    1. I hope there will be none rent charge!

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  2. Not doubt the other carriers will file frivolous lawsuits to prevent the competition.

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    1. Comcast is to only provide this service in its own service areas NOT nationwide.

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    2. Wrong....
      "When the service rolls out it will be similar to Google's Project Fi. Comcast will rely first and foremost on its far-flung network of public Wi-Fi hotspots, which currently number around 15 million across the U.S. When a Comcast wireless customer can’t use Wi-Fi the phones will use Verizon’s network to stay connected."

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    3. And... so what if other carriers did. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Comcast has also filed lawsuits to prevent competition.

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    4. No... frivolous lawsuits are never justified.

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  3. It will be too expensive. What good is a wifi hotspot plan? Just get veriZon.

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  4. If they include the cell plan to their current xfinity bundle, replacing the home phone with cell phone, it would be very competitive.

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  5. If its Verizon and Comcast, there is no way it will be cheap. Those are two of the greediest pigs there are.

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    1. Verizon isn't greedy... Building a much better network isn't free. You get what you pay for.

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    2. How are they greedy, and what would that make Apple, Google, Microsoft?

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    3. Absolutely correct. Deep pockets=Deep Greed

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  6. This is a non-starter.

    Comcast's culture is regressively anti-consumer, which guarantees they'll sell the service at a premium.

    Meanwhile, Verizon's service is costly, throttled and restricted to overpriced devices.

    Comcast Mobile just combines these two terrible deals into another bad deal, so into the trash it goes.

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    1. Totally agreeing with the consensus here. with Comcast, you will be sure that you will get piss poor CS, barely one notch above AM. What remains to be seen, is the pricing, and I'm expecting nothing interesting there. What's with all these cable services operating like such low life thieves? I know its regulated, and we all like to complain about the regulated utilities because we usually have no choices as a result, but cable companies seem to always top the list of lowest customer satisfaction.

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  7. Nothing wrong with a little competition unfortunately Comcast's customer service and their anti-competitive stance will keep us away! Remains to be seen however.

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  8. I agree...merge the two greedies so we have a king of greed! Hoo-ah!

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    1. Because there is no greed present in other corporations.

      And John Legere is looking out for you.

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  9. ***Year of 2017***
    Company Name: Comcast Wireless
    Network: Verizon
    Strength: Free WiFi
    Price: $40 for 1gb; hard capped, speed 5mbps download limitation.
    Conclusion: Useless

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