Comcast turns the landline into mobile phone
Comcast, the largest U.S cable operator, is pushing ahead with its drive to transform the way Americans live with a range of new communications and video services launched at this year’s Cable Show in Boston.
The new features are based within a new Xfinity Connect mobile app that works on iPhones, iPads and Android phones. It enables Xfinity Voice customers to make free calls within a WiFi network — which is even more useful now that the Comcast and several other operators have enabled a common WiFi network across major U.S. cities. It also allows customers to use the service on 3G and 4G phones without eating up valuable minutes. As part of this it also enables free text messaging.
Another key feature is a virtual number offer similar to Google Voice, so a user can have up to four additional numbers within a home at no extra cost.
All this is great stuff for consumers who find these kinds of features helpful. But it might also help allay fears of regulators, who are examining whether a Verizon wireless deals with Comcast and other cable operators will hurt competition. This way, Comcast is giving them an alternative to signing up with wireless competitors.