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Cable giant Comcast offers cellular plans on Verizon network

Cable giant Comcast offers cellular plans on Verizon network

At 59, it's one of the lowest in the ISPs group, and at 62, it's below average for "subscription television services". It's making the announcement today because the service is rolling out to the company's more than 150,000 employees, with a retail launch "soon", Comcast EVP of investor relations Jason Armstrong said. That area covers markets across the nation, but is missing in places such as New York City and Los Angeles. However, that's a price that will only be available to the company's best customers.

What makes this situation unique is Comcast's previous position in this industry.

Anyone who subscribes to a Comcast internet service below X1 can get an "unlimited" plan for $65 a month per line.

Xfinity Mobile is also built around the ability for its devices to automatically connect to Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots while away from their own.

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.

The executives noted that 80% of smartphone data today is consumed on Wi-Fi, even though customers have to initiate connectivity. It's offering iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones and one budget model from LG. Out of the gate you won't be able to bring your own phone to the service. While Frank would have been on per-gigabyte pricing, Comcast also claimed savings of $180 to $240 per month for customers on the unlimited plan in comparison with the average competitive offering.

These lines are also eligible for unlimited talk and text, with the first 100MB of shared 4G LTE data provided at no additional cost. About 70% of customers use less than 5 GB per month, Butz says.

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Other caveats to the service: "Unlimited" data will be slowed after 20 GB of usage in a month. Fi customers get refunds for data they do not use.

Each line can pay $65 per month for unlimited data.

These options are available to all of the lines so that families can mix and match plans based on their data needs. Customers who bundle wireless service with other Xfinity products could receive discounts, and customers can switch between data plans monthly without penalty. Obviously it's because Comcast wants you to buy every type of service in the form of a bundle.

Comcast has finally rolled out the wireless service it's been working on for the last few years.

Payments are automatically billed through your credit card.

When using Xfinity Mobile, you're already signed into your other Xfinity apps - whether it's watching up to 200 live TV channels and 40,000 On Demand movies and shows with the Xfinity Stream app, or controlling your home devices from the road with the Xfinity Home app.

The good news is the actual throttled speeds: we couldn't find it listed publicly anywhere, but a Comcast spokesperson told us that after 20GB, download speeds will be limited to 1.5Mbps, which is probably good enough for standard definition video streaming.

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