Just four months after it was announced, Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile has completed its rollout. Backed by Verizon’s network, Xfinity Mobile has been offering cheap unlimited plans to its current customers that subscribe to the top tier of Comcast’s services, dubbed X1. These customers receive a $20 discount each month bringing the price of unlimited service down from $65 to $45. Now, that subsidy is gone as is the requirement to subscribe to top-tier Comcast services. As long as you’re a current customer, you can get unlimited service for $45 per month or buy a la cart data for $15/GB.
There is, however, some fine print to be aware of. Xfinity Wireless will begin to throttle your speeds once you’ve hit 20 GB of usage and will switch you over to an Xfinity Hotspot automatically whenever they’re available. Every carrier has some kind of soft cap like this on unlimited users, but Xfinity’s 20 GB cap is the lowest with T-Mobile’s 30 GB cap leading the pack.
Additionally, you cannot bring your own phone. You’ll have to buy a smartphone from Comcast to use its service. You can currently grab a Samsung Galaxy S8 for $532 ($22.17/mo), a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus for $640 ($26.67/mo), or even an iPhone for anywhere between $649.99 ($27.08/mo) to $949.99 ($40.42/mo).
There are a few budget options as low as $132 that can save you some cash. Additionally, a Reddit user found that if you have a Verizon-branded phone you can just slip your Xfinity Mobile SIM card into it and be on your way. This could be a good way to get around the paltry smartphone offerings and high costs, but experiment at your own risk.
How does Comcast’s pricing match up to other unlimited plans from the major carriers? It actually leads the pack in single-line pricing followed by Sprint ($50/mo), AT&T ($60/mo), T-Mobile ($70/mo) and Verizon ($80/mo). If you’re looking for a more standard four-line family plan, it’ll run you $180. That lags behind Sprint ($100/mo) and T-Mobile ($160/mo), and AT&T ($155/mo) while just edging out Verizon ($190/mo).
There’s no denying that you can save some money by switching over to Xfinity Mobile, especially if you’re a Verizon customer. You keep the same network, but pay less for your service. However, Comcast is known for its terrible customer service so putting all your eggs in one basket could be a risky proposition. Does Xfinity Mobile appeal to you? Sound off down in the comments.