Comcast to Launch Mobile Phone Service Mid-Year
Comcast intends to sell wireless service alongside its internet, TV, and home phone offerings later this year. Comcast has not built its own wireless network; rather, it is making good on a reseller agreement it signed with Verizon Wireless back in 2012. Comcast will offer its own branded service and phones, but the service will run on Verizon's network. Comcast will, in effect, be operating the wireless service as an MVNO. Comcast sold Verizon a large chunk of spectrum in 2012 as part of the reseller agreement. It will target on triple- and quadruple-play bundles. "We plan to include wireless in our multi-product bundles in a way that is designed to add value to our customers, improve retention, and ultimately benefit lifetime customer economics for us," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts during the company's recent earnings call. "Our offering will give customers access to a world-class wireless network, benefiting from our WiFi hotspots, with the best mobile devices and a simple, transparent experience, all for a great value." Comcast's in-home routers often serve as open WiFi hotspots to other Comcast customers. Comcast said it will deploy the wireless service slowly and adapt as needed in response to customer feedback. It expects to launch by mid-2017.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone
Cablevision today announced FreeWheel, a wireless service that relies wholly on WiFi networks rather than cellular networks. FreeWheel will offer unlimited voice calls (via VoIP), messaging, and data for $30 per month.
Comcast Targeting Mid-2017 for Wireless Network Launch
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts today said the company plans to offer wireless service as soon as the middle of 2017. The service will rely on some 15 million WiFi hotspots Comcast has located around the country, as well as cellular access via Verizon Wireless.
Charter Joins Comcast with Plans to Launch Wireless
Charter Communications followed Comcast's lead this week and also disclosed plans to offer wireless service in the future. Charter's offering will mirror that of Comcast's.
Comcast better push VZW for a much better network in their backyard then (Philly)