Comcast Goes Cellular With Cellphone Provider For Existing Consumers

Enlarge this imageComcast is looking its foray into wi-fi phone a sistance Xfinity Cell.Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcasthide captiontoggle captionJeff Fusco/AP Images for ComcastComcast is asking its foray into wi-fi cell phone support Xfinity Mobile.Jeff Fusco/AP Images for ComcastIn telecom circles, Comcast’s strategies and initiatives to wade in the cellular industry go back decades. On Thursday, the busine s at last revealed the specifics of what its new service will search like. Comcast is looking its cellphone plan Xfinity Mobile, predicted to start during the up coming handful of months. Its audience is current Comcast consumers the organization hopes they’ll be drawn by the savings from introducing cellular provider into a household Web service or more substantial bundles. Here is a fast rundown in the offer within the Wall Street Journal:”Unlimited chat, textual content and facts is $65 for each line. But if you have got among Comcast’s more expensive internet and cable bundles, which start off at $150 per month, the cost for every limitle s line drops to $45. “Comcast may also offer a pay-as-you-go option for $12 for every gigabyte an exceedingly low-cost option for folks who really don’t use significantly knowledge. … The costs are usually reduce than what the key carriers cost. … But in contrast to Verizon or AT&T, incorporating far more wi-fi lines doesn’t bring the value down.”Both the Journal and Bloomberg have really handy price-comparison charts. A couple of caveats include a prerequisite, for now, that shoppers must purchase a new cell phone (options include Apple, Samsung and LG) and a note that endle s ideas may face slower speeds after 20 gigabytes.Comcast is the largest cable operator, but its competition includes AT&T-DirecTV and Verizon FiOS, both of which are part of large and growing telecom conglomerates. Bloomberg reports that Charter, which recently bought Time Warner Cable, options to start a wi-fi company in 2018. The entire industry is trying to figure out how to make money in new ways, as people’s TV-viewing and data-consumption habits keep changing.The Two-WayTIMELINE: Decades Of Telecom Industry Deals Comcast’s new wi-fi services will rely on Comcast’s own Wi-Fi network and Verizon’s telephone network, for which Comcast struck a resale contract yrs ago. (Charter has a similar deal.) Big wirele s companies already rely on Wi-Fi hot spots to offload some wi-fi traffic to mitigate congestion, and some companies have tried to do a cellphone provider fully based on Wi-Fi. As The A sociated Pre s points out, Comcast’s “pay-per-gigabyte approach is similar to what Google is doing with its wirele s support, Google Fi. … But Google Fi hasn’t caught on , in part because it works with only a couple Google-branded phones and uses networks from T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, which aren’t as robust as Verizon’s.” Comcast will benefit from acce s to Verizon’s network, and for now, Comcast says phone calls won’t travel over Wi-Fi. The company has 16 million hot spots around the country, a network built largely through consumer hot spots. Comcast says Xfinity Mobile users will automatically connect to hot spots and toggle between Wi-Fi and mobile broadband. Wi-Fi reliability remains a challenge for all companies attempting this. Roger Entner of Recon Analytics says Comcast’s new wi-fi provider might boost the company’s bottom line, while having a relatively low impact on competition. “I just don’t see Xfinity Cell being designed to be a industry disrupter,” he says. “I think the rest of the wi-fi industry breathed a collective sigh of relief after this announcement.” All Tech ConsideredBig Media Companies And Their Many Brands In One Chart