Verizon’s least expensive unlimited plan, Go Unlimited, is $75 a month for a single line before taxes and fees.
It’s a price millions of people are willing to pay for service that they can truly rely on. Some of Clark’s Facebook fans tell us Verizon is the only good choice where they live, particularly in rural areas.
But what if you could use Verizon’s cellular network for a much lower price?
Verizon’s 4G LTE network + Xfinity Mobile’s Wi-Fi hotspots
Comcast’s new cell phone service, Xfinity Mobile, runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and connects to Xfinity’s 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots — which can help you save money by using less cellular data.
You won’t find Verizon’s logo front and center on Xfinity Mobile’s website, but it does say this:
“Xfinity Mobile combines the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with the largest Wi-Fi network of more than 18 million hotspots nationwide to support a seamless internet and entertainment experience inside and out of the home.”
Meanwhile, Verizon’s official website has an entire section dedicated to telling consumers that it has the “nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.”
The Washington Post reports that Comcast is using Verizon’s network as a result of an airwaves agreement signed years ago.
Xfinity Mobile: How much does it cost?
You must have internet service through Xfinity to sign up for the mobile deal. It includes unlimited nationwide talk and text, 100 MB of shared data and no line access fees on up to five lines.
After using up the 100 MB of included data, there are two monthly data options to choose from:
- Unlimited: $45 per line on up to five lines; speeds reduced after 20 GB
- By the Gig: $12 per GB of shared cellular data across all lines
Using only that 100 MB of shared data, extremely light data users could potentially have a $0 monthly bill, a Comcast spokesman confirmed to Clark.com.
I’ve been able to keep my data usage below 1 GB, so my first bill was $12 before taxes and fees.
Switch back and forth between plans
One thing that makes Xfinity Mobile unique is its flexibility. Customers can switch from “By the Gig” to “Unlimited” data during their billing cycle at no additional charge.
Also, accounts with multiple lines of service can mix-and-match “By the Gig” and “Unlimited” data options.
You can’t bring your own phone
Unlike Verizon, Xfinity Mobile doesn’t allow users to bring their own phone. That’s still in the works. Xfinity Mobile sells about 15 smartphones on its website, including the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
Xfinity Mobile: What you need to know
Since you must be an Xfinity internet customer to get Xfinity Mobile, money expert Clark Howard says this deal is best for people who are satisfied with their existing Comcast service.
Depending on the number of lines you need, you could save a lot of money with Xfinity’s $45 a month unlimited option.
Before you make the switch to a new cell phone provider, do your homework. I always like to get advice from family and friends — maybe even ask for recommendations on Facebook!
For the new Xfinity Mobile service, reading through Comcast’s support forums may answer some of your other questions.