Recently this week, Comcast’s wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has announced that BYOD (bring your own device) customers can now activate their unlocked iPhones (albeit select models only -- they can check by heading to this page) on the MVNO’s network by visiting any Xfinity Store location in the United States. Moreover, those users that happen to own handsets that are not eligible can still have their device swapped for a gift card that is worth the value of their smartphone.
Xfinity Mobile, the wireless service of Comcast, has recently announced that it will start accepting preorders for Apple’s soon to launch iPhone X starting on October 27th through its official website and via its Xfinity Store locations. On November 3rd, the device will hit the carrier’s store shelves at 8 AM local time.
According to Randall Hounsell, the vice president of Product and Marketing at Xfinity Mobile, Comcast’s wireless service is planning to debut a handset trade in program, as well as a bring your own device (BYOD) deal later this year. Hounsell also spoke to FierceWireless and revealed that the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has actually assembled a dedicated team in order to come up with new features and improvements in order to continue enhancing the Xfinity Mobile customer experience.
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.
At the start of last weekend, the Wall Street Journal has published a report stating that Sprint had proposed a merger deal with Charter Communications that would effectively place the combined business entity under the control of Masayoshi Son, the chairman of SoftBank (which is the parent company of Sprint). Charter, however, has said that it is still looking to take full advantage of its existing MVNO deal with Verizon Wireless, and claimed that it is not planning to acquire Sprint.
Comcast’s wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, will be the only mobile operator based in the United States that will be selling LG’s new smartphone offering, the X Charge. The LG X Charge is the latest fairly sized handset to come from the South Korean tech giant, and has the distinction of having the biggest battery of any LG smartphone to date. The 5.5 inch device is being positioned by the phone maker as a good choice for mobile users with above average data requirements.
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. Specifically, the two cable TV giants are looking not only to forge a partnership but also make full use of separate mobile virtual network operator deals that both have struck with industry leader Verizon.
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.
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