Comcast Announces Regional Rollout of Xfinity Mobile
Comcast has announced the availability of its long-in-the-making wireless phone service, Xfinity Mobile. First announced this past April, the service is now available in Xfinity Store locations across Oregon and southwest Washington. Comcast is introducing the service in its retail stores market-by-market, and this region is the first region in the Western United States to make Xfinity Mobile available.
“We’re excited to be one of the first areas of the country to unveil Xfinity Mobile at our Xfinity Stores,” said Rodrigo Lopez, regional senior vice president of Comcast in Oregon/SW Washington. “Our stores are the ultimate showcase for consumers to experience how Xfinity Mobile integrates with our other Xfinity products including X1, Xfinity Home, and xFi.”
Xfinity Mobile combines access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network with Comcast’s Wi-Fi network of more than 17 million hotspots nationwide which includes more than 475,000 in Oregon and southwest Washington. With up to 80% of smartphone data traffic in the U.S. traveling over Wi-Fi, not cellular networks, the goal is to make Wi-Fi a key solution for mobile data consumption. Xfinity Mobile customers will be connected to these hotspots automatically — with no entering of user name and password required.
Customers must already be buying Internet service at home from Comcast. But they’ll get up to five lines with no line access fees, meaning an essentially free cell phone add-on for those who don’t use data.
Otherwise, unlimited talk, text and data (subject to throttling at 20 GB) will be available for $65/line with multiple options for discounting depending on customers’ existing level of Comcast service. Customers that pay for big bundles (triple play) can get that option for $45/line. A pay-as-you-go option will be available for $12 per GB of data that will allow the flexibility to switch from that plan to unlimited and back again with no penalties.