Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile

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Cable giant Comcast announced today that it will be starting a wireless service called Xfinity Mobile that will launch in the middle of this year. Wireless plans will be offered only to Comcast customers who subscribe to the company’s Xfinity home internet service. Xfinity Mobile will use its 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots in conjunction with Verizon’s far reaching 4G LTE network. Comcast had an MVNO agreement with Verizon as far back as 2011, and is just now taking advantage of the deal it made with the nation’s largest carrier.

Despite the MVNO deal, Comcast is not using the Verizon name in any of its promotional material. Instead, Comcast is telling users that its network uses the “most reliable 4G LTE network.” The hot spots will be the first connectivity option for Xfinity Mobile subscribers, with Big Red’s pipeline used in areas where an Xfinity hot spot is not available. Comcast says that “every inch” of Verizon’s network will be made available to Comcast customers.

Comcast is making it clear that it is not looking to become a major player in the industry. Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer for Comcast Cable, said that the wireless service is merely a value add-on for Comcast’s 29 million home-based subscribers. The company is the largest residential Internet Service Provider in the states.

When the service launches later this year, subscribers will be limited to using the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED edition, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus and the Apple iPhone SE. The service will also support Android handsets made by Samsung and LG. Consumers will have two pricing choices. Unlimited data will cost $45 or $65 a month for up to five lines. The lower price will be offered to…

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