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Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.

Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks of wireless spectrum and rights to traditional cellular towers, Comcast would leverage its currently-available network of Wifi hotspots to provide the majority of traffic for phones. Its Wifi network is growing with installations of public access points — over a million across various markets — in large cities and special residential routers that Comcast provides with a publicly-available signal in over eight million homes. But it naturally wouldn't be able to cover the entire country comprehensively — that's where other carriers come in.

The gap would purportedly be made up by leasing wireless service from a large carrier such as Verizon, which Comcast already has deals with the purchase wholesale access to its airwaves. A potential Comcast network-enabled phone would switch intelligently between its Wifi access points and the leased cell service, much like we've seen from the likes of Republic Wireless and others.

Current word has it that Comcast is still far off from ultimately implementing such a network, so it may be some time before we get to a place where we have yet another national wireless carrier in the U.S.

Source: The Information

Andrew Martonik

Economist. Android Central editor. Let's talk about mobile things.

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Pff, I am only with AT&T because they only charge me $15 to keep the phone activated, so they better not rely on my vote. Most of my Data consumption comes from my iPad Air. The second Apple releases an LTE enabled iPod touch, I'm going fully VoIP.

That's not going to happen because a LTE enabled iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone and I'm pretty sure AT&T is going to make it either expensive or hard to have a VoIP device since it will cut into their phone plans. They are already pretty pissy with imessage taking precedent over text messages.

It's a tablet with data-only option like any other tablet in a carrier's line up. While people may try to use iPads and iPods as VoIP devices, Apple doesn't place a ear piece, a subtle decision to show that it wasn't made/developed as a VoIP device. Though Apple is quite vigorously pushing iMessage and to a degree FaceTime.

Comcast is absolutely horrible, if i didn't almost NEED their service I would never know that company name the rest of my life!!

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With that being said ATT is a great provider, less expensive then others, they admit their faults and refund when necessary

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But what would Comcast offer to current AT&T / Verizon / T-Mobile / Sprint subscribers? Why would anyone want to switch, and why would newbies want to go with Comcast?

Yup! I agree, Awesome wallpaper. Can we get a link? hahaha I am serious I would like to have it for my phone.
Now I have to start saying that I am not a Comcast customer. I have verizon FIOS (I'm tired of it because it is expensive and not that fast) and my iPhone is on verizon which is reliable, expensive, but I have the problem of not being able to browse the web when I am talking on the phone. I read a few comments and it looks like people hate Comcast but right now we have a bigger problem with only 4 carriers. I know there are more "small" carriers but the 4 main carriers are not good. Verizon is good but expensive, AT&T is regular but expensive and they have horrible customer service, Sprint is very slow but cheap, and T-Mobile.. Well I don't know much about them after the big change they had but some people say they don't have good LTE coverage. I have the idea that more competition will help the customer. Maybe we'll get better prices or maybe not. Maybe we'll get better service or maybe not. Only time can tell.
I read this article from Android Central the other day about Google considering the idea of having a cellular service. I think it would be great for us.
I wonder what would Apple do with google as a carrier in the US? What would Google do about iPhones? Interesting idea but for now I hate the cellular service in the US. Just in case I not a Comcast fanatic but I want to see a change for once and see how things go after the change.

Ridiculous, I thought at first. But then I thought, the current carriers may actually encourage this because no matter how poor of a job they're doing right now (I'm talking about >you<, Sprint!), Comcast can only make them look better!

I have to ask, where did you get the background in the photo from? I like it. Can someone tell me. I think comcast could be a good carrier if they put time and money into it.