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