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    DSL Reports has the scoop on an analyst event scheduled for this Thursday morning at 9:00am Eastern, to discuss the details of its "previously announced mobile initiative, which utilizes an existing MVNO agreement."

    The service, expected to launch sometime this year, is rumoured to operate primarily on a network of WiFi hotspots, using Verizon as a fallback. The good news is that existing Comcast customers will be able to bundle wireless service with their existing subscriptions. Pricing and data plans, however, are not yet known, and Comcast's existing broadband service is fairly infamous for its arbitrary bandwidth caps and overage fees.

    Is anybody excited to get their wireless service from Comcast?

    Source: Business Wire via DSL Reports
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    First of all soft cap is 1 terabyte (one thousand gigas a month ) on XFINITY INTERNET.

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    2 - XFINITY MOBILE will be great for XFINITY customers. Way better value, way better wireless and entertainment experience

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    A new Verizon based MVNO ? Who could object!

    But as for using Verizon as a fallback for wifi, that's a joke. Wifi is just some scattered pinpoints in a sea of cell coverage. It's like "haystack" being a fall back for "needle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
    A new Verizon based MVNO ? Who could object!

    But as for using Verizon as a fallback for wifi, that's a joke. Wifi is just some scattered pinpoints in a sea of cell coverage. It's like "haystack" being a fall back for "needle".
    It all depends on how they implement the Wifi to cellular switching. Dropping calls between Wifi access points is unacceptable. When someone calls me I need it to work, period. Maybe you could just turn Wifi off to force it to cell.

    This could be interesting. More competition in cell service is a good thing. This is why I don't want to see Sprint fail or be assimilated, though they probably will. We may know about the fate of Sprint soon. The quiet period for the 600 MHz auction is about to end.

    Comcast does not service my area. When I worked where they did they were horrible.

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    "It all depends on how they implement the Wifi to cellular switching"

    Almost every Wifi hotspot I encounter has a difficult to use login/TOS screen, each different. I would imagine that "roving" Wifi calling involves the hassle of these screens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
    "It all depends on how they implement the Wifi to cellular switching"

    Almost every Wifi hotspot I encounter has a difficult to use login/TOS screen, each different. I would imagine that "roving" Wifi calling involves the hassle of these screens?
    Haha, yeah, and most of them are sized to work on a notebook computer, therefore nearly impossible to see on a phone. How many people these days take their notebook to McDonalds, Walmart, etc.

    I imagine they can probably program the Wifi access points to recognize the cellphones by MAC address or something and skip the login screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    It all depends on how they implement the Wifi to cellular switching. Dropping calls between Wifi access points is unacceptable. When someone calls me I need it to work, period. Maybe you could just turn Wifi off to force it to cell.
    This part is very similar to how Republic Wireless works (and some users will manually disable WiFi to force cellular (Sprint) signal).

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    Comcast has Wifi services along their mainline in a lot of cities, and you only get a wallgarden screen the first time you long on every 30 days, and besides that me thinks that they won't have a problem setting the network up to recognize authorized cell phones and not giving them a wallgarden page for VOIP.

    I have been told that the plans will include voice and text for data subscribers for nothing, if you have Comcast internet at home you can get voice and text for free, data will be sold in blocks (shareable), that come up to about $5 per GB. IIRC a 12GB package, was $60. Only certain phones will be available at launch, Comcast is going to offer payment plans on the phones, and they said that by the end of the year they expect to have BYOD available.

    How true any of that is, I don't know, but the person who told me is in a position to know.

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    They will probably have it tied to using Xfinity wifi on Comcast-owner routers vs. customer-owned, as today those create an Xfinity Guest network open not only to your guests, but any other Xfinity customer. They will probably layer Verizon Wifi calling over that.

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