Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

As it now stands, videos you stream using your Xfinity Mobile data are presented in 720p HD.

In a statement to Ars, Comcast said it's making the changes "to help us maintain the low price point of Xfinity Mobile".

The Unlimited plan charges $45 per line per month. Xfinity Mobile users can get 4G hotspot speeds by switching to Comcast's "By the Gig" pricing. Almost half of videos that stream on Comcast's mobile service play at 480p today, according to the company. The wireless carrier announced new data prioritization rules that will affect all of its subscribers.

Folks sharing on Reddit have confirmed that Xfinity Mobile is planning to implement some throttling measures for certain features.

So, the telco has made a decision to implement throttling on all of its customers when they are on an LTE or CDMA network. This is likely a way to rack up your bill since you pay $12 per gigabyte of data you use. As an MVNO, Comcast does not operate its own wireless network.

Comcast only sells mobile service to customers who subscribe to Comcast home Internet.


According to Wall Street research firm New Street, Comcast pays Verizon $5 per GB its customers use, and that rate is tied to retail rates, not fixed.

The next change it made which unlimited customers are sure to love is that hotspot speeds are now capped at 600Kbps.

As reported by The Verge, Xfinity Mobile will soon begin limiting data use in a couple of ways. Those numbers were slightly ahead of most Wall Street analyst expectations. Update on cellular video resolution and personal hotspots We wanted to let you know about two changes to your Xfinity Mobile service that'll go into effect in the coming weeks.

Once again, Comcast spins this as helping you to "conserve data so that it takes longer to reach the 20 GB threshold". At this speed, you'll conserve data so that it takes longer to reach the 20 GB threshold but you'll still be able to do numerous online activities you enjoy. Longer term, the company plans to introduce a plan with 720p video before the end of this year. Subscribers of the service are now getting emails from Comcast informing them about the changes, and they have to do with video streaming and mobile hotspot speeds.

"If you have the Unlimited data option, your speeds on any device connected to a personal hotspot will not exceed 600kbps", Comcast told customers. At this speed, you'll conserve data so that it takes longer to reach the 20 GB threshold but you'll still be able to do numerous online activities you enjoy.

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