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Updated: Comcast Reveals Xfinity Mobile Plans and Pricing

Comcast, which is the country's largest cable operator, has revealed plan and pricing details for its long promised Xfinity Mobile cell phone service.

Xfinity Mobile which Comcast says is launching "soon" will be a Verizon MVNO that's also supposed to seamlessly auto-connect to 16 million Comcast Wi-Fi access points in homes and businesses nation wide.

Xfinity Mobile will only be available to customers who have Comcast's Xfinity Internet service. Pricing is surprisingly reasonable, the basic tier is actually free, provided you are already paying for Comcast Internet.

The basic free plan includes unlimited voice and messaging and 100 MB of shared data for up to five lines. If you need more data there are two options:

  • Pay as you go data where you only pay for the data you use at $12 per GB.
  • Unlimited data with the first 20 GB at high speeds for $45/month for customers on Comcast's "best" Xfinity X1 bundles and $65/month per line for customers on lesser plans. 

Customers will be able to switch back and forth between pay as you go and unlimited at any time, even in the middle of a plan month. Customer support by voice or text message will be available 24/7.

To me it looks like Comcast is primarily using Xfinity Mobile is a tool help to keep lucrative Comcast TV and Internet customers from switching to a different provider or cutting the cord and going all wireless. Comcast pricing varies by market but it's never really cheap. Here in San Francisco, the least expensive Comcast internet-only plan offers 10 mbps for $29.99 month plus taxes and fees for the first year. After a year the price goes up to $49.99/month. X1 pricing starts at $129.99/month for the first year and $140/month after a year.

Comcast says it will offer phones from Apple, Samsung and LG. There's no mention of BYOP in Comcast's press release so I'm guessing it probably won't be available. I suspect that handoffs between Wi-Fi and callular will require custom system software that would make BYOP complicated.

Update:  FierceWireless is reporting that Xfinity Mobile's throttled speed on the unlimited plan after 20 GBwill be a surprisingly fast 1.5 mbps. Fierce also confirmed that BYOP will not be available and that Xfinity Mobile will offer interest-free 24 month financing on phones. Also, in spite of Comcast controllinhg all thoese hotspots, Wi-Fi calling will not be available on Xfinity Mobile.

Source: Comcast (1), (2), Fierce Wireless

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  1. This plan screams bait n' switch all over. No BYOP is the final nail to the coffin. There is a reason why Comcast is America's most hated company.

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  2. Nothing to see here, move along. Looks like it is only an option for those in the small area of the country with Comcast. Even if the base carrier used is the best in the country.

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    1. Free service for those who have comcast. Lots to see here.

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  3. Looks like a rock solid deal for me. Why not get the free service. I've got Xfinity hot spots all around me. I'm in!! Thanks Comcast!!

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    1. Very simple you have to buy their own device so they still make the money.how?Very simple I have unlocked iPhone 7 a nd galaxy s8,paid in full,so I have to order the same thing over again?do you think that Comcast buys the devices at the price they will sell it to you?no of course not.so that is how they make the money.so basically without Boyd or device exchange is just nothing, absolutely nothing, they my have their own software but to I don't think is worthy to spend $800 plus on galaxy s8 when you already have one.$20 per month x 24 equal $480 saving in 2 years so you need almost 4 years to get that money back.4 years?in 4 years most of the people it will get 2-3 new phone models,i mean you want to stick with galaxy s8 or iPhone 7 for 4 year when it will be galaxy s12 and iPhone 12 out?Well I don't think so.unless t hey offer device exchange like I give you galaxy s8 and you will give me xfinity galaxy s8 free,or allow people to use byod

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  4. It's a good thing for Comcast customers, if you call being a Comcast customer "a good thing" to begin with.

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  5. I read another report said that BYOP not available at start but will come in the future. Their pay as you go plan is a good deal to me as a Comcast customer IMO, 5 lines free with unlimited text and talk, we can buy 2gb for $24 for sharing across the lines, it's good for families that don't use much data

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  6. BYOP is very important to us since we can't afford to buy new phones especially for kids. Add this then I believe Xfinity Mobile will be successful. Pay as you go plan is very good deal. I'm in!

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  7. Wi-fi calling is not very important because It operates on Verizon network as long as they offer VoLTE, I' m now using Boom with its new VoLTE feature, voice quality is very good

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  8. Can you use for instance the entire 20gig allotment in VERIZON, I don't understand why Verizon is involved if the plans use your Comcast connection?

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    1. The unlimited plan provides 20 GB of high speed Verizon data. You need Verizon because the Comcast network is just other peiople's WiFi hotspots which aren't everywhere.

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    2. So when there's an Xfinity wifi around it will use that, and not make you sign into those.?

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    3. Yes, that's how it's supposed to work.

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    4. There shouldn't be any issue turning WiFi off (and thus leaving the Comcast network) to use the Verizon network, right? A Comcast network signal will not be prioritized over Verizon's as long as the former is present--weak or strong?

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  9. >Fierce also confirmed that BYOP will not be available

    I don't see such in the FierceWireless piece. It only indicates that Comcast will sell phones (which is referenced from the press release).

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    1. "Comcast won’t allow customers to bring their own devices to the service, which means customers will have to buy one of the Apple, Samsung or LG phones that Comcast sells for the service." It's in the fifth paragraph.

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  10. Hope Cox can do something similar or better.

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  11. I read the press release from Comcast and I only saw 100mb of data on free plan. Maybe I missed something?

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    1. Me too, not sure 100mb per line or what?

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    2. You are right, it's 100 MB, not 200. I've fixed the post. Thanks.

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  12. The linked Fierce Wireless article also mentions Sprint lowered its postpaid Unlimited plan price to $50/month. 2 lines for $80; 3 for $100; 4 for $120, plus tax and fees. This includes 1080p streaming; 10GB hotspot at full speed, than unlimited slow; lower priority after 23GB/month. These prices are good through 6/30/18 for new customers. Then prices go up by $10/line.
    Sprint also ended its longtime 50%-off promotion that offered to cut in half the bills of customers who switched to Sprint.

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  13. Couple questions:

    Does the data used on Comcast wifi access points count against your data?

    Is LTE capped at 5Mbs like on other Verizon MVNOs?

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    1. Of course it doesn't count against your data. If you're Comcast customer, you can access to millions of hotspots right now free of charge
      Capped at 5? No words on this. Verizon might treat Comcast differently than its MVNOs. We'll see but believe me 5 Mbps is fast enough to stream HD video
      smoothly

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  14. No BYOD, no deal.

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  15. Not allowing BYOD is a deal breaker.

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  16. I hate VZW MVNO because of speed limitation. Honestly in LTE age 5 mbps isnt fast speed.

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    1. Our politics may be stuck in the 80s, but at least Xfinity's mobile speeds have caught up to the late 90s.

      Maybe in another 20 years or so, our data infrastructure might even match that of Europe's in the early 2010s.

      Now if you'll excuse me, it's just about hammer time and I need to safeguard my Macintosh against the Y2K bug while binge watching some Family Double Dare, munching on Pop Rocks and chugging a refreshing can of New Coke.

      Oh shi-

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  17. How long do you have to use that $12 for1gb data? Does it expire after X months?

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    1. I think it's pro-rated like Project Fi. Comcast's press release says you only pay for what you use. So if you only use 250 MB you would pay $3 not $12.

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    2. It runs out after a month and thry round up to the nearest gb. Noy like projectfi

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    3. Quite curious re this issue.

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  18. "Here in San Francisco, the least expensive internet-only service provides10 mbps for $29.99 month plus taxes and fees for the first year."

    Little more competitive in Sarasota Florida area (or maybe just keeping more in line with lower cost of living vs. SF), 10 Mbps service is $20/mo. for first 24 months.

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    1. Above ($20) is with billing discount for e-billing+auto debit/pay and not byo modem (not renting a Comcast modem). Avail. in most of SW FL.

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  19. It seems that you would have to add Xfinity Mobile to your Comcast service. For the five lines to be free then you would have to add the feature it seems like. Now the question is what the internet package requirement is going to be, because they have cheaper plans like a 3 mb plan and an internet essentials plan. I wonder if there will be a charge to add the service or have to be on a qualified internet plan.

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  20. to get disount you have to be on xfinity top tier plan $130 a month or higher. The is the only way, so start you are losing money from the get go

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  21. Comcast and Charter partnering in wireless.
    Why hasn't this article been tweaked for PPPN yet?
    https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/05/comcast-charter-join-forces-wireless-partnership

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  22. Comcast launched this yesterday

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