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Comcast will launch a wireless phone service in 2017

By Shawn Knight
Sep 20, 2016
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  1. Reports surfaced late last year that Comcast, acting as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), intended to launch a branded wireless service that would piggyback on Verizon’s nationwide network of cell towers.

    Comcast, which earned the option in 2011 as part of a $3.6 billion spectrum licensing deal with Verizon, confirmed on Tuesday that it will indeed exercise the option.

    During a speaking engagement at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference on Tuesday, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said his company plans to launch a wireless service by mid-2017 as it seeks to create a new business that may help it retain customers in a highly competitive market. Roberts added that they believe the service will result in reduced churn, more stickiness and better satisfaction.

    In addition to the agreement with Verizon for spectrum, Comcast will lean on its 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country to bolster the service. That’s similar to how Google’s Project Fi works, which uses a trio of wireless carriers – Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular – along with millions of free, open Wi-Fi hotspots to power its offering.

    Rather than market the service nationwide, however, Comcast aims to sell it within its existing footprint to current and potential cable customers and use it as a tool to upsell customers on bigger bundles, much like it does today with its Xfinity Triple Play bundles.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    Im sure their existing base of quite happy customers will gladly drop their current plans to hop on board another service with comcast! I don't see why anyone wouldn't want to give comcast more money!
     
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  3. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 154   +50

    I forgot how much we needed another Cell phone company with terrible customer service.
     
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  4. JimmyJammy

    JimmyJammy TS Rookie

    If I could, I would get away from this Comcast or the cable company anytime.
     
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  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    What the hell did I just read?
     
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  6. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 154   +50

    Haha. I've read over it 3 times and I have no idea. If I had to guess, it is an excerpt from a porn script.
     
  7. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Maniac Posts: 399   +207

    It's still Verizon.
     
  8. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 372   +324

    I would seriously LOL if comcast somehow offered better service then verizon on verizon's own network. Like double the data for the same price. That would be funny.

    but this is comcast we are talking about here. $80 for a 4GB plan sounds right up their alley.
     
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  9. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 135   +51

    Offer me 2 terrabytes of data for 70 a month like my current isp and im in
     

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