* Comcast launching “Xfinity Mobile”
* Plans will be available to Comcast customers as part of bundle
* Launching later this year
Comcast is throwing its hat into the competitive mobile arena, with a new wireless product dubbed “Xfinity Mobile.” The new plans will be available to Comcast customers as part of a so-called “quad play,” or four-service bundle of TV, phone, high-speed internet and wireless.
While Comcast is known for their television services, the company says it’s introducing Xfinity Mobile to offer customers a cheaper and more convenient alternative to the big incumbents, like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Comcast says its new service will save consumers up to 40 percent a month on wireless bills, depending on usage and the package they choose. Unlimited data plans will be available for $45 or $65 a month.
Xfinity Mobile customers will have the option of Apple, Samsung or LG phones. They’ll be able to buy the phones outright or on a monthly installment plan, similar to what other providers currently offer.
Keep in mind: the new mobile service will only be available to Comcast customers who subscribe to their TV or internet services. There is no word yet on whether the plans will be made available on their own.
Comcast has tried offering wireless plans before, though it was not successful and quickly shuttered. The new service is expected to launch later this year.