Comcast Rolls Out Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service Across Entire Service Area
Comcast announced on Thursday that its latest option for customers looking to break out of Internet contracts — Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service — is now available everywhere in its service area.
The pay-as-you-go service lets customers sign up for internet service without an annual contract or a credit check. And users can renew the service whenever, for a time span of seven or 30 days. A renewal for a week will cost $15 and a full month’s renewal costs $45. To get set up, customers will also need to invest $80 in an initial starter kit, which includes 30 days of service and equipment like a wireless gateway modem-router.
But Internet speeds may turn some folks away from this option. Download speeds measure up to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps for uploads, which is on par with Xfinity’s cheapest contract deal — “Performance Starter” — which offers the slowest speeds of all of the available plans. With “Performance Starter,” customers have a download speed of 10 Mbps for a regular monthly price of $39.
Comcast’s announcement comes on the heels of Verizon’s launch of its own new FiOS prepaid internet plan, which offers speeds of up to 25 Mbps for $60 a month.
Customers can find the Xfinity starter kits at Boost Mobile Stores across Pennsylvania and in other states like Texas, Michigan, and Illinois. The cable giant has plans roll out the kits at all 4,000 Boost mobile stores within the Comcast service area by the end of 2017.
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