Xfinity now has Xfinity Mobile. It might be a game changer since you can bundle and potentially save! The prices seem to be pretty darn good. Too good to be true? With Xfinity, it’s best to be cautious before locking yourself into a contract.
Doing some investigating on Xfinity Mobile, we can see that their Unlimited Plan has a few holes when it comes to the pricing, contract, and rates & fees. If you are planning to get Xfinity Mobile, you might want to brace yourself before you get charged a higher amount than what you expected.
Xfinity mobile offer review
Just by glancing at Xfinity's pricing & offer information for the Unlimited Plan, we can see that the advertised price is actually only the introductory rate which will end after 24 months of service. If you don’t have at least one Xfinity product on your plan, you will be charged an extra $10 per line.
When using the Data Plan Calculator offered on their website, we can see that the pricing isn’t all that great. In the end, the results did not favor Xfinity Mobile, but it all depends if you’re currently an Xfinity customer, data needs, etc.
What network does Xfinity Mobile run on?
Xfinity Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). As an MVNO, Xfinity Mobile doesn’t own its own wireless spectrum - like many other wireless providers now a days, it buys wholesale priced access from one of the 4 big wireless spectrum owners in the United States.
Xfinity Mobile runs on Verizon’s Network. Making a call? You’re calling on Verizon’s network. Using mobile data? Verizon’s network. You’re basically getting all of the touted benefits of Verizon’s network at a fraction of the price.
Cricket wireless also offers half priced phone plans on AT&T's network.
XFinity wifi hotspots
In addition to offering up Verizon’s Network for prices that are much cheaper than Verizon (more on that in a bit), Xfinity Mobile sets itself apart from the competition in that you can tap in to over 18 million wifi hotspots. Xfinity makes this possible through using modems it leases to customers as wifi hotspots.
This can allow you to keep your mobile data usage to a minimum, if you’re able to find a hotspot to connect to.
Does Xfinity Mobile have contracts?
Like many providers are now tapping into - there are no contracts with Xfinity Mobile. You can leave at any time, if you’re not happy, without penalty or early termination fee. However, you may have to pay off the remaining balance on your phone and plans.
Xfinity Mobile plans & price
Here’s where things get really interesting. Xfinity mobile plan costs are extremely low and flexible. Lower than any of the big 4 wireless carriers, but lower than even most of the cheapest of MVNO’s.
Unlimited nationwide talk and text, for free
No line access fees on up to 5 lines
Free access to the 18 million+ wifi hotspots
100 MB shared data for free, each month
Beyond talk, text, & wifi – if needed, you have a choice between 2 data plan options:
By the gig: $12/GB of shared data
What does the unlimited plan include?
The Xfinity Mobile Unlimited Plan gives you security of a set bill that you'll be paying for every month. You'll get unlimited 4G LTE data for a $45/line.
This is how it works:
Every billing statement you will be charged $45 (plus tax) for each line on your account. If you're an Xfinity Internet customer, you will have the opportunity to add up to five lines with unlimited talk and text included.
Unlimited 4G LTE includes 20GB at full speed. After the 20GB of your data uses, download and upload speeds will reduce until your next billing cycle starts, but you will not be charged for excess data.
Hotspot is included in your plan and it will count towards your 20GB so speeds will not exceed 600 Kbps to help keep you under data limits. At that speed you can do basic tasks including sending and receiving emails along with some web browsing.
Your phone can auto-connect to Xfinity Hotspots that won't take away the 20GB on your plan.