Originally Posted by tveli
my comcast home internet is not overpriced absurdly or non-absurdly, although I'd prefer half the data-rate for half the price.
currently it's $77 for 80Mbits/sec download data-rate, plus digital-economy TV channels plus HBO, plus free cellphone service. i almost never use cellular data, i leave it turned off so my better-half can use the 200M free cellular data.
Around here, Comcast is absurdly overpriced for internet. It's $75/mo for broadband, and $93/mo for Blast! Lack of competition is how you end up with prices that are double what they should be.
Originally Posted by crossbeaux
So it sounds like I may have gotten some of this wrong about Comcast cell service. I assumed you had to purchase a particular smart phone to use the service. Is there any way to use an el-cheapo non-smart phone with this service, just to have an emergency backup phone in the car?
The LG X Charge (or X Power, I can't remember which is the Verizon one and which is the GSM one) is $150. That would serve as a backup phone.
Originally Posted by Jeffrey David
Actually, you can get Comcast mobile phone service for free. Simply do not use their data plan. Instead shut off the data portion and use WiFi exclusively. This will provide unlimited text and unlimited phone calls and, with WiFi, unlimited data. The 100mb of free data is quite sufficient if you only use it for system upgrades and nothing else.
There are only two drawbacks:
1. You won't be able to use apps like Google Maps while on the road, but you can use offline maps as a substitute.
2. You have to buy their phone to use the service.
The requirement to buy a Comcast phone means that the service is not truly free. Your price of admission is their phone.
I toyed with the idea of getting a second phone for free, but the cost of the phones turned me off.
There are still some taxes and regulatory fees I believe. System upgrades can be done over Wi-Fi. I'm thinking about getting a line with the 100MB for travel, so if my regular 20GB postpaid AT&T line doesn't have service, I can user Verizon, virtually guaranteeing my service anywhere there is service. I might get a Tracfone SIM, but Xfinity Mobile would likely be a lot cheaper, even if I use a gig or two once or twice a year when in some middle of nowhere place.
Right now, you can BYOD iPhones but not Android phones. I don't think you can BYOD an AT&T iPhone 8, even though they work on Verizon. I want BYOD Android. I should have gotten the $1 phone when they were offering them, but I missed the boat on that deal. The LG X Charge is kind of crappy phone, but it's got a giant battery. Instead, I'll get an unlocked roamer phone for international use with local SIMs, as well as Xfinity Mobile when traveling in the US.
Xfinity Mobile is an interesting service, but it seems like they're still working the bugs out in some ways.