After several years of testing, Comcast finally and officially launches its prepaid internet service and is now available to all Xfinity customers. The internet package allows customers to pay for internet service on a pay-as-you-go basis with refills ranging from 7 to 30 days. Comcast has partnered with Boost Mobile to sell the $80 prepaid internet starter kits. The kit comes with a wireless DOCSIS 3.0 gateway and 30 days of service. Download speeds measure “up to” 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps for uploads. The “up to” means that the 10 Mbps may or may not be reached for the duration of the day, and also means both speeds can always start out at “zero” and maintain itself in the low Kbps range.
Refills start at $15 for one week. The prepaid plans will work anywhere within Xfinity’s coverage area, and while no credit checks are needed for the application approval, applicants need to be at least 18 years or older to sign up. The business partnership also gives Boost Mobile customers a discount of $5 on refills when they apply for the Xfinity prepaid internet. The announcement made by Comcast last Thursday comes after Verizon launched its own Fios prepaid internet service earlier in March that offers speeds up to 25 Mbps for $60 a month. However, this service comes bundled with a phone and TV. Whether customers may or may not need the additions in the bundle is simply up to the customer to determine, since it greatly benefits many customers as well.
Other prepaid internet services currently available include mobile hotspots like the Karma Go that runs on Sprint’s LTE network with download speeds starting at 6 Mbps up to 25 Mbps, of course, depending on the customer’s location. Data, however, will be available to only one user at a time. Other users logging on the same hotspot network require their own prepaid account. Karma’s service also works on a pay-per-data mode that requires refills by the gigabyte. At the official launching, customers were able to find Xfinity starter kits at Boost Mobile stores around selected areas in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The company plans to roll out more kits eventually to all of its 4,000 stores that are within Comcast’s coverage area by the end of this year.
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As the name implies, Comcast’s Xfinity prepaid internet package requires no contracts and other background checks. Included in the starter kit are a modem, coaxial cable, Ethernet cable, power cord, user guide, and an activation code good for 30 days of service. After this, the internet needs to be regularly refilled. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company and brings customers personalized video, communications, and home management offerings.