More than four months after it officially introduced its wireless service offering, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast has announced that it has successfully finished rolling out the service across all of its existing markets. But it should be noted though that the company has taken the opportunity to further simplify its options, and now just offers either an unlimited plan that costs $45 a month, or an option that offers each gigabyte for just $12.
Back in March early this year when Comcast first revealed its plans of debuting a mobile service called Xfinity Mobile, the cable giant said that it was offering the $45 rate only to subscribers of its top tier Xfinity X1 plan. As for other interested prospective customers, they had to pay for a more pricey $65 option.
But it appears that Comcast has introduced some changes to the pricing structure. Indeed, both the unlimited plan and the per gigabyte option require Xfinity broadband service, and whenever an Xfinity WiFi hotspot is made available, customers are shifted to those automatically. Also, it is worth mentioning that after a customer goes beyond 20 gigabytes of data on the unlimited plan, his connection speed will be throttled.
And there appears to be yet another caveat -- customers are not allowed to bring their own handset to the service. What they are permitted to do instead is purchase or rent a device from Comcast. To provide an example, the company will charge $650 for an iPhone 7 ($27.08 a month) and $532 for a 64 gigabyte edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 ($22.17 a month).
For those customers who are looking to rent the device, know that the whole amount is due if they do not maintain at least their Xfinity TV, Internet, voice, or wireless service. Interestingly, somebody has posted on Reddit that if one owns a unit of Motorola’s Nexus 6 or other Verizon branded handset, they will be able to purchase the cheapest Xfinity Mobile device for $158, and then simply use the SIM card in the other handset (but no guarantees).
To Comcast’s credit, completing the roll out in under five months is quite an achievement, although it should be noted that the company has been planning all of this with Verizon Wireless since six years ago, at least. For those who are already under an Xfinity broadband plan, the Xfinity Mobile offer might not be that bad, especially the per gigabyte option, which could come in handy for those who do not really use up tons of wireless data.
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