Written By: Cassandra Bondie

After years of preparation, Comcast will finally release its wireless phone service for Xfinity internet and TV subscribers in 2017. The service will be called Xfinity Mobile and is slated to launch within the next few months.

For Comcast, the goal of the service is to develop a stronger bundle for existing customers that already use Xfinity landline, television, and internet subscriptions for their home technology. For these individuals, an unlimited wireless phone plan will be available for $65 per month per line. The exceptions are customers with extensive television plans, who will be able to purchase the service for just $45 per month per line.

If individuals aren’t interested in paying for unlimited data, Xfinity Mobile will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis for $12 per gigabyte per month per line.

For those who want more affordable cell phone service options, switching other devices (such as computers and television) to Comcast may prove worth it. There are no line access fees. Families can divide lines between all-access and pay-as-you-go plans. In addition, customers will be able to switch to a more expansive plan in the middle of the month with no penalties.

It helps that Xfinity Mobile will support the three largest phone suppliers in America – Apple, Samsung, and LG. Unfortunately, only a selection of phones from each brand will be initially compatible. These phones include the most recent S7 and S8 models, in addition to iPhone models from 2015 and later. The only compatible LG phone will be the X Power.

Rather than purchasing cell phone towers of its own, Comcast is choosing to rent wireless space from Verizon. Like StraightTalk members, Xfinity Mobile customers will be connected to the Verizon network. This is another reason to switch since Verizon offers nationwide reach.

Renting space from Verizon isn’t the only purchase Comcast has made. To date, the Comcast Corporation has purchased nearly two billion dollars in wireless spectrum controlled by TV broadcasters, hoping to reallocate airwaves for smartphones and mobile devices. In the same auction, Comcast also sold spectrum in cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. Clearly, some major changes are being made to make room for Xfinity Mobile.

In order to keep rates down, Comcast will encourage customers to use Wi-Fi whenever possible. This means access to more than fifteen million Xfinity hotspots will be included in the monthly price. According to Comcast representatives, all phones will be structured to automatically find and connect to any nearby hotspot. Developers believe this will ensure processing is faster than that of phones connected to Verizon.

This isn’t the first time an unconventional format has been pushed forward. However, it hasn’t been a popular choice for most American consumers. Comcast will have to guarantee and prove that constant switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data won’t have a serious effect on quality.

At the moment, Xfinity Mobile is being tested within the Comcast family. A launch date hasn’t been confirmed. Still, insiders believe the release will take place before the end of 2017.
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