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Comcast Sets Hosting Analyst Event to Discuss Wireless Service Details

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For a while now, the mobile industry has been waiting for Comcast to finally make its announcement on their plans of releasing a new wireless service. So when the company announced an upcoming event for Thursday morning, many couldn't help but feel curious about it.

According to the announcement made by Comcast, they intend to host an event that will discuss information from its mobile plans that use an existing MVNO agreement. With tomorrow's event, people will finally know more beyond the limited information Comcast has been teasing for the past two years.

The announcement for the service comes in perfect time as it is scheduled to launch in the middle part of the year. Unlike most mobile network services these days, this service will operate primarily on WiFi. But whenever necessary, it will lean on the support of Verizon Wireless' network.

Comcast has not yet disclosed any information on pricing details of the service. However, the executives have high hopes that their customers will enjoy their bundled additional services as a way of saving money. Especially now that there is a rise in usage of connected devices, the MVNO is looking at ways this can be better enjoyed by their customers without getting affected by usage caps and overage fees.

As for the voice service, the network will rely mostly on the cable giant's current footprint of around 15 million hotspots. A number of these hotspots can be found in the homes of consumers. Because of this, firmware updates in the last few years have converted residential properties into public WiFi access points.

Despite this, not too many people are excited about another MVNO. Specifically, they are not too pleased with this MVNO since Comcast has had a rep of poor customer service.

Earlier this year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a prediction that Comcast's MVNO would experience quite of a struggle in gaining traction; just as many other MVNOs before it. Legere's prediction says that this struggle will result to the cable giant plunging into directly offering real connectivity for cellular wireless services. Legere even joked that the merger between Comcast and Verizon would produce "the ultimate evil corporation of all time," once the legacy businesses of these two mega-corporations would erode.

But then again, there are rumors that Comcast's plan B is to buy T-Mobile. Right now, the future doesn't indicate who gets the last laugh.



Source: DSLReports

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  1. I would rather gouge my eyes out with an ice pick than use Comcast as my cellular provider.

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  2. Comcast is just some distant name to me. a regional business in region I am not in. Like Fry's, Jack in the Box, and Waffle House.

    So I see it as "oh, another MVNO to compete on the Verizon network front. And an actual legitimate company with deep pockets that won't PTel on its customers."

    Actual MVNO's owned by substantive, non "fly-by-night" companies are kind of rare. I'm not thinking of any beyond Fi and the Carlos Slim group at this time.

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    1. "Actual MVNO's owned by substantive, non "fly-by-night" companies are kind of rare. I'm not thinking of any beyond Fi and the Carlos Slim group at this time."

      H2O is owned by KDDI, a big Japanese carrier. Ting is owned by Tucows.

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    2. Consumer Cellular (22 years, 2.2M subscribers), Lycamobile (largest MVNO in Europe) are very large and successful.
      Kajeet and Great Call are very stable, successful, have been around since 2005-7 and exploit a niche that helps isolate them to some degree from price competition.

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    3. Pure TalkUSA has been in business since 2009. It's veteran owned, a part of Telrite Corporation.

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    4. Truphone Ltd is the company behind Tru. Truphone is privately owned, funded by both venture capital investment and angel investors. Headquartered in London, UK, the company also has offices in the USA, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Spain. They have more than 400 employees, and own and operate multiple Tru network switching infrastructure sites around the world.

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  3. So now if we use comcast's cellular data, and download songs and movies then they will send a warning message? haha

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    1. Hopefully that won't matter at all for the majority of US cable/dish subscribers, who don't have Comcast as their provider.

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  4. To be fair, the only consistent problem with Comcast is their resistance to giving customers what they want (i.e. channel bundles).

    Instead, we all have to feel the pain so that Joe Douchebag doesn't have to pay a premium for his beloved FOOTBALL.

    As for Republic style service, I've never been fond of Wifi handoffs because of how much of a crapshoot they can be.

    It's clearly a crutch so that Comcast doesn't have to offer full Verizon service, and it will be as niche among the prepaid crowd as all the other Wifi-first carriers.

    But if they really do go on to buy out T-mobile, at least Legere will get to cash out, piss off and hang out with Obama on Necker island after selling out his customers to "evil."

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    1. "But if they really do go on to buy out T-mobile, at least Legere will get to cash out, piss off and hang out with Obama on Necker island after selling out his customers to "evil.""

      Haha. Reminds of those old Alltel carrier commercials with Chad and the 4 idiots. They left out the one where Chad accepted the marriage proposal from the Verizon guy.

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    2. God speed, John, and "Binge On!"

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  5. "Like most mobile network services these days, this service will operate primarily on WiFi."

    This is news to me.

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    1. Typo corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  6. Comcast will require you to have at least one of their other services to get mobile service.
    Charter, #2 in cable announced they will offer mobile service next year, 2018.

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  7. "Xfinity Internet customers get five lines with no line access fees, with unlimited talk and text at no extra cost. And unlike most wireless services, customers can switch back and forth between data options at no extra cost.

    Comcast customers can subscribe to unlimited cellular data for $65 a line — or $45 per line for customers with the best X1 packages. The alternative is to pay $12 per gigabyte of cellular data on all lines on an account each month.

    Xfinity Mobile makes it easy to watch video through other Xfinity apps, including up to 200 live TV channels with the XFinity Stream app, or controlling their home device with the XFinity Home app.

    At launch, Xfinity Mobile will be available on the most popular devices, including the iPhone 7 family, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the LG XPower. The service will first launch with an employee trial, followed by a nationwide rollout to its customers as part of the bundle beginning later in the second quarter." -CNBC today

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  8. http://corporate.comcast.com/mobile/facts

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