For Comcast, this could be a way to test out the wireless business before it makes a major investment in it. The feature is an example of zero-rating, where internet mobile and home providers give favorable treatment to their own services. The new service is meant to be an additional complement to Comcast's existing options for customers and is expected to launch later this year. Comcast execs touted the new wireless service for making its customer base more sticky by reducing subscriber churn. That area covers markets across the nation, but is missing in places such as New York City and Los Angeles. "We will be disciplined with our investment and expect to be NPV-positive on each incremental customer once we've achieved a limited initial scale", Roberts added.
Xfinity Mobile will surely stir up this ultra-competitive industry, and it's not that hard to imagine Comcast as a telecom leader someday. There's also a pay-as-you-go service for $12 per gigabyte, which thanks to the lack of line access fees, could work out to be a good deal for low-use customers.
Comcast will depend heavily on its 16 million WiFi hotspots supplemented by coverage from Verizon Wireless, which Comcast entered into an MVNO with several years back. The difference is that, rather than investing in an entirely new network, Comcast can just pay Verizon for access as needed. (Verizon, of course, gains some incremental business.) But Schwartz adds that more than 80% of the data that people consume on their smartphones is over Wi-Fi.
The plan will offer Apple's iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and LG X Power phones at launch.
Also, you can't bring your own device, at least not yet. Customers will be able to use the Xfinity Mobile app to view their data use and calls logs, switch between data plans, order a new device, and manage payment options.
If you subscribe to one of Comcast's higher-end X1 internet and cable packages, you can get an "unlimited" plan for $45 a month per line. About 70% of customers use less than 5 GB per month, Butz says.
But the perk of Comcast's plan is likely its low price. Additionally, each line will cost $65 per line for all-you-can eat data. Four lines with unlimited everything costs $180 through Verizon costs and $185 through AT&T. Customers will get unlimited data for $65 United States dollars per line on up to five lines or $45 per line for our customers with X1 packages.
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But if you want Comcast to spend as much money as possible, just keep your Wi-Fi off. Boom, instant "Munch on that, Comcast!" smackdown.
24x7 support available from a dedicated Xfinity Mobile call center support team, available to assist with any questions.
It will throttle speeds after 20 GB of usage at regular speeds.
One of the reasons Comcast is able to offer such competitive pricing is that the company does not anticipate having to devote much in the way of additional marketing resources to support Xfinity Mobile but instead anticipates leveraging the company's existing advertising and marketing resources.
Xfinity Mobile plans aren't really unlimited.
So what is Comcast's motivation to become a wireless carrier? I don't think we're looking to be measured by the same metrics as a wireless carrier necessarily.
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