It will also limit personal hotspotting to 3G (600kbps) for Unlimited customers. Carriers argue that many consumers can't tell the difference between 480p and higher quality on smartphone screens. Comcast spins this change by saying it will "help you save money if you pay By the Gig and take longer to reach the 20 GB threshold if you have the Unlimited data option". Second, we're setting personal hotspotting at 3G speeds for all Unlimited customers, which will allow customers to continue to do numerous things they enjoy doing online.
Comcast XFINITY mobile wireless press event product shoot at the Comcast Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During this time period, subscribers will have the option to request upgraded 720p video streams, which they'll receive for free until the billing option is activated. The new Wi-Fi first mobile service looks to be closely following the Xfinity Mobile model, which was also expected. Xfinity Mobile users can get 4G hotspot speeds by switching to Comcast's "By the Gig" pricing. For everyone else, the company plans to roll out these changes in the coming weeks. This will be allowed "on an interim basis at no charge", Ars Technica reports. It's a Verizon MVNO that gets you unlimited nationwide talk and text and either $12 per GB of data or an "unlimited" plan for $45 per month (capped at 20GB). Today's news probably won't do the internet service provider any favors, as the company has started informing its customers of limitations it will start imposing on its mobile offering, Xfinity Mobile.
While the change in streaming resolution will affect all Xfinity Mobile customers, only unlimited customers will notice slower speeds when using their device as a hotspot: "By the Gig" customers will continue to have the option to use 4G speeds when creating a mobile hotspot. It's important to note that this change won't impact video resolution when using Wi-Fi, where customers will continue to be able to stream in HD.