Comcast is taking internet service the way of the burner phone, with the company opening up its Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service to all Xfinity users on Thursday. Announced via a press release, the pay-as-you-go service will be available as part of a partnership with Boost Mobile.
Users must first purchase an $80 starter kit that comes with a wireless gateway and 30 days of service. After that, they can buy a seven-day internet refill for $15, or a 30-day refill for $45. The service provides download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, and upload speeds of around 1 Mbps.
"This offering is all about providing customers a flexible and predictable service that can accommodate individual lifestyles and financial needs," John Dixon, vice president of the consumer services group at Comcast, said in the release. "Our prepaid service gives people more control over their monthly bills and lets families get easy Internet access for their home whenever they want it."
Interested users must be 18 years old and located in an area that is already covered by Comcast's network. If you are a Boost Mobile customer, you will also get a $5 discount on the cost of refills for the time being, the release said. The kit and refills will be available at select Xfinity and Boost Mobile stores.
According to the release, the service is targeted at people whom the FDIC may have categorized as "unbanked." This means that, although they may have a bank account, they may not have a credit card or other financial systems in place typically required to sign up for internet services.
The service could also be a good option for cord cutters, remote workers who frequently travel, or folks who work from home and maybe want access to a second wireless network specifically for getting certain tasks done.
The Comcast prepaid service could also be a good alternative to hotspot products, in certain instances. Although, Verizon also just announced its prepaid service for FiOS as well, meaning Comcast has some competition in the space.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- Comcast just released its Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service to all users in its network, offering 10 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed.
- Users buy an $80 starter kit that comes with a gateway, and then seven or 30-day refills for $15 and $45, respectively.
- The service could be used as an alternative to hotspots for cord cutters who don't want a contract.
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