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Comcast Makes Free Xfinity Voice SMS Service Official
Also Now Offering Voicemail Transcription Service
by Karl Bode 06:15PM Thursday Mar 29 2012
Comcast this week announced free text messaging and a voicemail-to-text transcription service for their Xfinity Internet Voice customers nationwide. The service, which our forum users noted was trial launched in several markets last year, allows users to use the Xfinity Mobile app to send and receive text messages for free using their home phone number. The transcription service allows users to receive an e-mailed transcription of a voicemail message, and/or an e-mailed file attachment of the audio voicemail. Comcast, the nation's third largest phone company, is looking to add functionality to their voice product as VoIP growth slows. As we noted last week, cable voice service may start to see losses as customers look for ways to save money under the weight of bi-annual TV price increases.

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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Trying to make landlines cool

Ok, it's technically not a landline, but it basically is. If you really want another stupid phone to pick up, just get Ooma for like $3/mo. Personally, I'll go without. Anyone who needs to reach me knows my AT&T Mobility number.

verizonlteda

@myvzw.com

Re: Trying to make landlines cool

Better yet magicjack PLUS witch is better.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: Trying to make landlines cool

Or Google Voice with an OBi100
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
MagicJack? Those are terrible. Ooma is supposed to have class-leading voice quality. It's a few hundred bucks to get started, but only a couple bucks a month after that.

KableGuy

@comcast.net

? why do i need this?

Soooo this is an app for a smartphone ...

IS there a smartphone plan with limited texting?
(we have to pay monthly data on smartphones)

-i don't see the point.

if i want to appear to text (or call) from another # using my smartphone:

voice.google.com

has done that (and voicemail transcription) forever now.
obckilroy

join:2011-11-16

Re: ? why do i need this?

said by KableGuy :

Soooo this is an app for a smartphone ...

IS there a smartphone plan with limited texting?
(we have to pay monthly data on smartphones)

-i don't see the point.

Shhhh! Just drink the koolaid and pass it on
fiberguy
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kudos:3

Why?

... anyone with out a smart phone and texting already doesn't really need texting.

Also, read the fine print, it's limited to 250 texts per day.. you can't send pictures or MMS. It's basically a chat program limited to 250 messages per day. I know people who can burn through that in a few hours. For a texting service, they sure have a lot of rules on it's use.

Unless you have a phone in your house, and it's YOUR phone, why would you want texting on it to use on the app on your smart phone. It's a poor concept, but I"m sure this will be the next mention for as to why they need to raise rates.. "as we continue to add new products and services"... bla.

Maybe they are trying for the AOL affect that when you start texting with it, you'll think twice before disconnecting your phone #.

I can say this.. it's not for me.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: Why?

said by fiberguy:

Also, read the fine print, it's limited to 250 texts per day.. you can't send pictures or MMS. It's basically a chat program limited to 250 messages per day. I know people who can burn through that in a few hours. For a texting service, they sure have a lot of rules on it's use.

250 a day, and some people can burn through it in a few hours? So that's like texting for a few hours a day, every day? If they used it to the allowable capacity, that's over 7500 messages a month. I know lots of teens can probably do that in their sleep, but it's still not a horrible restriction.

IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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Reviews:
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Going back to Verizon landline

I decided to break my triple play bundle and go back to Verizon since I am getting my security system activated and alarm systems work better with POTS instead of VoIP. My power went out last October for three days (many were without power for a week or more) and the EMTA battery died a couple hours later but the battery in my security panel lasted the whole time the power was out. Plus, our telephone/cable lines are underground. I installed a wireless alarm system myself and its going to be monitored by a local alarm company. The system is a DSC Alexor system.

MemphisPCGuy
Taking Care Business
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join:2004-05-09
Memphis, TN

Was a good deal... 6 years ago.

Comcast VoIP was a good deal 5 or 6 years ago and if you needed nationwide calling, but these days, with mobile to mobile being free for the most part or if you have a friends & family option $39+ for VoIP isnt a deal anymore.

Of course, Cable TV isn't much of a deal anymore either ... and stand alone internet is quickly becoming less of a deal every year with price hikes on either the service, modems or both.
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cork1958
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Re: Was a good deal... 6 years ago.

Same can be said of Charter services, and I'm pretty sure with all cable company's.

Don't see a use for it, for myself any way.
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