Xfinity Mobile Review

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  • Utilizes Verizon 4G LTE network
  • Minimizes data usage when you use Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots

Data effective 1/16/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best Xfinity cellphone plans

We like Xfinity Mobile because it’s the first plan we’ve seen in years that can honestly cut down costs. We also like that it’s not pushing people to upgrade to the latest phone. You can bring your own phone or shop for a new one, but there isn’t the same type of pressure to upgrade that you might experience with other carriers.

Is Xfinity Mobile for everyone? Probably not. People who use a lot of data or don’t live or work near Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots might end up needing extra data, which would make this carrier a lot less of a bargain.

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Xfinity Mobile By the Gig

Share data across up to 5 lines.

From
$1200/mo

All data is full speed.

Xfinity Mobile Unlimited

Utilizes Verizon’s 4G LTE network

From
$4500/mo

per line

*After monthly limit of 20 GB is reached, data will be slowed to 1.5 G.

Data effective 01/16/20. If another eligible Xfinity package is not maintained, customer will be required to pay a $10 per line charge.
Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

How good is Xfinity cellphone service?

Xfinity Mobile is designed to leverage Verizon’s 4G LTE network and Xfinity’s nationwide hotspots into one single money-saving package. The plan automatically connects your phone to any available Wi-Fi hotspot, which keeps data usage to a minimum.

It’s a cellular and Wi-Fi combo approach that’s worked for budget carriers like TextNow and Project Fi, although Xfinity utilizes Verizon’s award-winning network instead of Sprint’s or T-Mobile’s.

One thing to keep in mind is that Xfinity Mobile is available only to Xfinity customers as part of a bundle. You must have Xfinity internet service to sign up for a mobile phone plan. The advantage to this is that it waives the line fee. Carriers like Verizon and AT&T can charge $20 per month, per line, which you pay on top of the data package. Xfinity Mobile has no monthly line fee, which will save you $20 per line.

The last thing to keep in mind with Xfinity Mobile is that there’s no family plan or multiline discount. If you have multiple lines and need an Unlimited plan for each line, you’ll save more with other providers.

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • 4G LTE data
  • Option to share data between phones
  • No contracts

Cons

  • Limited device selection
  • No family plan discounts
  • No way to sign up without a subscription to Xfinity internet*

*If you have Xfinity Mobile and later move out of the Xfinity service area where you can no longer maintain another Xfinity service, you can maintain your service by paying a line fee of up to $20 per line.

Xfinity cellphone plans

Xfinity Mobile offers two phone plans: Unlimited or By the Gig. Neither one includes a monthly line access fee, which is where the savings begin.

With the By the Gig plan, you just pay for the data you use each month. And you can share data between lines. By the Gig costs $12 per GB, and yes, Xfinity will round up. So, once you hit 1.1 GB, you’ll be paying for 2 GB. Still, if you have a lot of hotspots in your area, it might be a great way to save. You can have up to five lines on one Xfinity Mobile plan.

The other option is the Unlimited plan, which gives you data that cannot be shared between lines. Unlimited plans get 20 GB of Verizon’s 4G LTE data at full speed. After 20 GB, data will be slowed to 1.5 Mbps. This is a lower data throttle threshold than AT&T or Verizon, both of whom offer full-speed data up until 22 GB. However, with Xfinity Mobile, you do have the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots you can hop on for faster speeds on the go.

Both Xfinity Mobile plans include free talk and text nationwide, plus 100 MB of data. One thing we really like is that it’s possible to switch between plans anytime you want without a penalty. This is pretty unique in the mobile industry, and if you keep on top of it, you can use it to save money.

Plan Prices from* Data Video Resolution
Xfinity Mobile By the Gig $12.00/mo Can be shared between phones; all purchased data is full speed 480p (standard definition)
Xfinity Mobile Unlimited $45.00/mo Unlimited (speed reduced to 1.5 Mbps after 20 GB) 480p (standard definition)
View Xfinity Internet Plans

Additional fees may include equipment, international and roaming charges, taxes and fees, regulatory recovery fees, surcharges, and other applicable charges. Fees and prices are subject to change. If one other Xfinity subscription (TV, internet, or home phone) is not maintained, a $20 per line monthly charge may apply.

Xfinity cellphone tech

Xfinity Mobile brings you all the advantages of a Verizon plan at a lower price, including the Verizon 4G LTE network. Features like Voice over LTE let you talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time, which is helpful when you’re trying to give someone directions or talk to a friend and pick out a restaurant together.

Xfinity Mobile is less expensive than typical cellphone plans because it’ll auto connect to Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots whenever possible, saving you on data.

As far as new phone selection goes, Xfinity carries many popular models, but you won’t find the wide array you’re used to seeing at carriers like Verizon. Installment plan pricing is about the same as other carriers (and sometimes even a few dollars more). The Xfinity Mobile savings come from the data plans that let you use Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, not the phone purchase model.

Pro tip:

iPhone users can save money on this plan by bringing their old phones into the plan with them. You can bring any iPhone that’s a 6 or newer. Xfinity will send you a new SIM card that you can pop into your iPhone. This option isn’t available for any other phones yet (including Samsung Galaxy).

Phones

If you want to reap the biggest money-saving benefits of this plan, we recommend either bringing your existing phone with you into the plan or buying a phone outright. Only iPhones (6 or newer) can transfer over (although Xfinity Mobile offers LG, Galaxy, and other phones for purchase that work on the plan). So this isn’t the type of plan you can use to get inexpensive mobile service for your kids using outdated phone models.

As far as new phone selection goes, there’s no getting around the fact that Xfinity has a limited number of phones for sale. Currently, they offer less than 25 models. Xfinity Mobile offers some of the most popular models, but if you want an unusual device, you won’t be able to buy it or even bring it with you to an Xfinity Mobile plan.

 

Here are some of the phone brands Xfinity Mobile carries.

  • iPhone
  • Galaxy
  • Moto
  • LG
  • Stylo

Networks

Xfinity Mobile utilizes Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, which is the largest and fastest in the US. You’ll get priority access to the network, even though you’ll be paying lower prices than Verizon customers.

Hotspots

Xfinity Mobile relies on Xfinity’s Wi-Fi hotspot network, which is why you need to have Xfinity internet to get Xfinity Mobile. By using the hotspots, you’ll find you use much less data than you would otherwise.

If you travel outside of Xfinity coverage areas, you won’t have the free Wi-Fi hotspots you’re used to. This can cause a heavy drain in data usage, which will cost you. The good news is you can upgrade to Unlimited anytime, and then switch back the next month without any penalty. That’s a big help when you’re traveling.

Our verdict on cellphone plans

If you’re already an Xfinity by Comcast customer, switching your mobile phone to Xfinity’s plan could save you money each month. Xfinity Mobile plans are a good fit for singles or couples who don’t use a lot of data on their phones. We like the cost-saving benefits this plan can offer to people serious about saving on their phone bill.

Xfinity Mobile isn’t a good fit for most families since it doesn’t offer any kind of family or multiple line discount. It’s possible to share data between phones, but if you have kids sharing your data, this could cause some stress. If Xfinity Mobile added a family plan, we’d be willing to bet that a lot of people would switch over.

Xfinity home phone service

Xfinity home phone is a landline phone service with unlimited long distance calling within the US and select countries. It’s good for people who frequently call friends and family across the country, or for folks who like having a landline with better call clarity than cellphone service. You can get a digital landline phone from Xfinity with unlimited long distance for $29.99 per month. It also bundles with their other services.

Voice Unlimited includes free unlimited long-distance calls anywhere in the US, Canada, Mexico, India, China, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. Long distance service is not available to cell phones in some of these countries, so this plan could be a lifesaver for those with family or friends overseas.

Xfinity home phone service

PlanStarts at
Xfinity Unlimited Voice Select
You’ll get landline with local calling, unlimited long distance in the US, and 12 calling features.
$29.99/mo.*
Xfinity Voice Unlimited
Get landline phone service with unlimited calls in the US and over half the world, including Canada, China, Mexico, India, South Korea, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong.
$44.95/mo.*
Double Play Package:
Voice Unlimited home phone + Performance Plus (60 Mbps) Internet
Enjoy landline phone service with unlimited long distance in the US and eight countries, plus internet service with download speeds up to 60 Mbps.
$59.99/mo.**
PlanXfinity Unlimited Voice Select
You’ll get landline with local calling, unlimited long distance in the US, and 12 calling features.
Starts at $29.99/mo.*
PlanXfinity Voice Unlimited
Get landline phone service with unlimited calls in the US and over half the world, including Canada, China, Mexico, India, South Korea, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong.
Starts at $44.95/mo.*
PlanDouble Play Package:
Voice Unlimited home phone + Performance Plus (60 Mbps) Internet
Enjoy landline phone service with unlimited long distance in the US and eight countries, plus internet service with download speeds up to 60 Mbps.
Starts at $59.99/mo.**

*Data effective 9/03/19. Requires home internet service and an Xfinity or Xfinity-compatible modem/router. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

**Price shown is with a 2-year contract. Does not include equipment rental fee of $11/mo. or other additional fees.

Home phone technology

Xfinity home phone lines don’t run through traditional phone lines wired into most homes. Instead, Xfinity home phone service is delivered via the internet. This type of landline phone service, called VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) offers a clear connection and dependable service.

If you’re not sure if you want to be tied down to the house every time you make a call, no worries. VoIP landline phone service can go anywhere with you, through an app. You can download the Xfinity Connect app on a smartphone or other device and call and text as much as you want.

Xfinity home phone service is affordably priced at $30 to $44.99 per month (depending on whether you want unlimited nationwide or international calling). Voice Unlimited Select phone service includes unlimited long distance in the US. Xfinity Voice Unlimited includes unlimited long distance to over half of the world’s population, including Mexico, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and more.

Required equipment

The Xfinity Wireless Gateway is a modem/router combo. You’ll need to rent it for $13 per month or buy an Xfinity-compatible modem/router combo.

We recommend buying your own if you’ll be staying with Xfinity for awhile, because the cost of renting adds up quickly.  If you rent an Xfinity Wireless Gateway for two years, you’ll pay $312. In five years, you’ll pay $780.

You can buy your own modem/router combo for $75 to $250 and save a bundle. Just make sure it’s an Xfinity approved modem/router combo before you buy anything.

Features and benefits

An Xfinity home phone plan (called Voice Unlimited) includes 12 calling features, including voicemail, caller ID, blocking, and more.

With the Xfinity Connect app, you can place and receive calls from anywhere with your internet-connected smartphone, tablet, or cordless phone. Service includes unlimited talk and text with the Xfinity Connect app.

International plans

Do you have loved ones in other countries? Calling them from a typical cellphone plan can be really expensive. You can add one of the International Carefree Minutes plans and enjoy 300 minutes per month of international phone calls to select countries for $9.95 per month. Additional minutes will be billed at a discounted long-distance rate.

Carefree Minutes® World Select 300 ($9.95/mo.) includes 82 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, Latin America, and more. It gives you 300 minutes per month to any of these countries included with the plan. Minutes don’t roll over, so use them or lose them.

Carefree Minutes® Latin America 300 ($9.95/mo.) is designed for people calling South and Central America. It includes long distance calling to 17 countries, including seven Latin American countries that aren’t included in the Carefree Minutes World Select 300.

For a list of the countries included in each plan, see the Xfinity international calling page.

Our verdict on home phone plans

If you have friends and family living across the country or internationally, getting an Xfinity landline phone plan (Xfinity Voice) can save you a lot on long-distance calls.

We recommend Xfinity Voice Unlimited to people who frequently call one of the eight countries included in the plan (Mexico, Puerto Rico, China, Canada, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore). We also like that it gives you good rates on calling other countries through its customized international add-on plans.

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