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Comcast Launches High-Speed 2 Go In Boston -- Sort Of
Will only bundle EVDO services until WiMax launch later this year
by Karl Bode 03:45PM Tuesday May 04 2010
Comcast today announced that the carrier has launched their "High-Speed 2 Go" wireless broadband service in the Boston market -- sort of. The service, which traditionally operates over the Clearwire and Sprint Mobile WiMax network, is bundled with existing Comcast services creating the very "quadruple play" option the company used to downplay. All of it is of course being bundled under the new "Xfinity" brand, a name Comcast hopes to use to better battle Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse for consumer mind share.


Except in Boston, Clearwire has yet to officially launch their Mobile WiMax network (and won't until late this year), so Comcast is offering only 3G (EVDO) service running over Sprint's network for now. That will obviously expand to include Comcast's normal array of 3G/4G services later this year. Comcast says the service should also launch in Houston soon. It appears that Comcast has tinkered with pricing a bit, but this is what Comcast offers in markets when Clear has launched:

Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service costs $54.99 for twelve months and comes with 12Mbps Comcast home broadband service and a Wi-Fi router. The service uses a Mobile WiMax data card that will obviously only work in areas where there's Comcast/Clearwire Mobile WiMax.

Comcast High-Speed 2go Nationwide service costs $69.99 ($92.95 thereafter) and also comes with Comcast 12Mbps home broadband service and a home Wi-Fi router. The service uses a dual-mode data card that allows users to float between Clearwire's Mobile WiMax network and Sprint's 3G EVDO network.

According to the Comcast High-Speed 2 Go pricing website, Metro users can instead bundle the wireless broadband service with 16 Mbps "Blast!," 22 Mbps "Ultra," or 50 Mbps "Extreme 50" broadband services for $65, $75, or $112 a month, respectively. Nationwide users can bundle those same tiers with wireless broadband for $80, $90, or $127 a month, respectively. Those prices all jump substantially (in some cases almost double) after the 12 month introductory period. Of course you'll likely be able to renegotiate a new deal with Comcast when your contract expires.

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pnh102
Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty
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join:2002-05-02
Mount Airy, MD

Caps?

Was there a mention of any 5GB per month cap as is the standard with wireless data? I did not see one on the website.
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Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Caps?

I was told by Comcast that Comcast defers to Clearwire on caps for this service. For now, Clear's "On The Go" service does not have caps, so Comcast's service doesn't either. Should Clear's service get capped, Comcast's service would follow, etc...

Comcaster10

@comcast.net
The cap is only on the 3G service the 4G or 3G/4G services have no usage cap

FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Price increase already? It was $49.99 5 days ago

5 days ago:
»Comcast Announces More Mobile WiMax Markets
Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service costs $49.99 for twelve months ($72.95 thereafter)
Today:
»Comcast Launches High-Speed 2 Go In Boston -- Sort Of
Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service costs $54.99 for twelve months
Is there an error somewhere? Or has Comcast price increases gotten out of hand?
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Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Price increase already? It was $49.99 5 days ago

Yes, the price has gone up by $5.
caco
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join:2005-03-10
Whittier, AK
Whatever the market will bear!

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Price increase already? It was $49.99 5 days ago

I imagine it won't be the last time these prices change...

CurGeorge8

join:2005-05-02
South Park, PA

Wait, one price for both a terrestrial and mobile connection

So, if I get this right, they are selling one plan which gives you a traditional home connection AND a mobile connection? If so, I think that the market is definitely ready for this competition. AT&T and Verizon both offer both land and mobile internet offerings, but if you want both, you have to pay for both. And they haven't really offered any discount if you get both services (other than a pitty $5/mo 'one bill' type of discount.)

If this is how I understand it, one plan for both services, I think Comcast might have a winner. A BIG winner. I, personally, would sign up for this product (and leave Fios to get it).

I work 80% at the office or home, and 20% in the field. Not enough to justify buying a 3g card, but enough that wi-fi hunting has become a pain. Again, I would be all over a product like this. Please bring this to Pittsburgh.
BullyRED

join:2004-04-08
Grayslake, IL

Re: Wait, one price for both a terrestrial and mobile connection

I signed up yesterday (Chicagoland area) for the nationwide. It does include both home connection and a mobile connection. This is a HUGE price cut for both offered together.

It should be noted somewhere here that Comcast does honor the Clear policies of "unlimited on 4G" and the Sprint policies of "5gb per month on 3G."

The deal on the site was $69.99 for everything per month for the 1-12months and then $79.99/month for months 12-24 and $92.95 per month thereafter. I assume by the end of 12 months that there will be some stiff competition in this space which will drive market change.

U-verse just lost one customer to this deal...I imagine they'll be losing many more soon.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Wait, one price for both a terrestrial and mobile connection

Sprint does not enforce their 5gb per month cap.

sprint user

@discover-net.net

sprint cap

sprint definitely does enforce their 5 gb cap if you are on 3g towers had 150 dollars in overage last month if you are on 4g it is unlimited