Back in April earlier this year, Comcast had officially unveiled its new Xfinity Mobile wireless service, and also took the opportunity to announce the pricing of its unlimited data plans, which start at $45 a month (more on this later). These plans though are to be made available only to subscribers of the cable TV giant’s high end X1 plans.
In a bid to try to compete with the Big Four (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint), Comcast and Charter have decided to join forces in order to enter the wireless market in the United States.
According to a FierceWireless report, it appears that Comcast had completed construction of a mobile network serving the greater metro area of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania earlier this year. For those not in the know, the company is based in Philly, and apparently, besides its wireless network in the city of brotherly love, Comcast is also busy constructing networks in Chicago in Illinois and San Francisco in California.
T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast have emerged as the top three bidders in the incentive spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Major US wireless carrier T-Mobile committed the most money, bidding almost $8 billion in order to get its hands on 600 MegaHertz airwaves. According to T-Mobile officials, the mobile operator is looking to take full advantage of the 600 MegaHertz spectrum it has acquired as early as within the year.
Various industry watchers agree that the newly introduced Xfinity Mobile is a good first step in realizing Comcast’s wireless dreams, they also believe that the new brand will not likely steal subscribers from the Big Four (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).
Comcast has officially unveiled its upcomingXfinity Mobile plans as well as details regarding their pricing and availability. First and foremost, the basic option will come with a price of $45 a month. It bears noting, however, that this pricing apparently will not be made available to all interested parties.
It is said that Comcast is planning to debut its Xfinity Mobile wireless brand before the end of this year. The set up is that the service will be operating on the network of industry leader Verizon Wireless. Back in 2011, the cable TV giant had inked an MVNO agreement with the major US wireless carrier, and now Comcast is now looking to execute that agreement in 2017.
Comcast is apparently teaming up with Apple as it makes preparations to soon debut its mobile service. There is talk that the upcoming wireless offering will be launched under the Xfinity Mobile brand name. It turns out that Comcast’s name has been added to non-visible code that lists the carrier bundles for the iPhone. This list of carrier bundles is utilized by iPhones and even iTunes in checking if an Apple smartphone’s SIM card is supported by a service provider with whom the iPhone maker has an existing contract.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun sending letters of inquiry to major wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as to cable giant Comcast, essentially asking each business entity for further information about their respective streaming services. This was revealed by none other than the chairman of the FCC himself, Tom Wheeler, during a recent press conference held this week. The three companies are to send back their official replies by January 15th of next year.
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