Comcast Prepaid Internet Service, after years of testing, is now available to all Xfinity customers. The plan allows consumers to pay for Internet service on a pay-as-you-go basis, with top-ups ranging from seven to 30 days.
Comcast partners with Boost Mobile to sell the $ 80 Prepaid Internet Starter Kits, which come with a DOCSIS 3.0 wireless gateway and 30 days of service. Download speeds measure up to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps for downloads, and top-ups start at $ 15 for a week. Prepaid plans work anywhere within Xfinity’s coverage area, and while there is no credit check, you must be 18 or over to sign up. The partnership also offers Boost Mobile customers $ 5 off top-ups.
The announcement comes after the launch of Verizon its own Fios prepaid internet service earlier this month, offering speeds of up to 25 Mbps for $ 60 per month. This service, however, comes with TV and telephone, which some customers may not need. Other prepaid internet services currently available include mobile hotspots like the Karma Go, which operates on Sprint’s LTE network with download speeds ranging from 6 to 25 Mbps, depending on your location, although data is only available to one user at a time (other users connecting to the same network hotspot require their own prepaid account.) Karma’s service also operates on a pay-per-data model, which requires gigabyte top-ups.
At launch, customers will be able to find Xfinity Starter Kits at Boost Mobile stores in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas. The company plans to roll out the kits to all 4,000 stores (which are within Comcast’s coverage area) by the end of the year.
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