Comcast has announced
a new voice service for Xfinity subscribers dubbed Voice2go, which will allow Comcast subscribers to use their home phone number to make "free" calls on smartphones and tablets using either Wi-Fi or a customers' 3G or 4G cellular connection. The announcement comes directly on the heels of a new cable industry initiative to offer expanded Wi-Fi service
that will provide cross-ISP access to more than 50,000 hotspots. The company has offered this video
that explores the service, and according to the company blog post
, the service offers the following features:
•WiFi and 4G, 3G Enabled Outbound Calling - customers can make calls and text for free within a WiFi network. Simply use your home phone number and this feature within the newly redesigned Xfinity Connect Mobile app. Calls within the home or on a public WiFi hotspot are free and calls can be made using a 4G or 3G wireless data plan, which don't use wireless minutes. As was announced recently, customers also can send and receive text messages domestically and internationally to more than 40 countries, including Canada, Brazil, China and, soon, Mexico.
•Advanced Call Forwarding - can automatically forward phone calls made to their home phone number to up to four additional phones or devices so they'll never miss a call. The service works with virtually any phone including iPhones and Android-powered devices, and when calls are forwarded to the Xfinity Connect Mobile app, customers can even receive calls on iPads and iPod touches.
•Personal Phone Numbers — essentially a virtual number that is not tied to your primary Xfinity Voice number and can be assigned to up to four family members. Personal Phone Numbers work within the Xfinity Connect Mobile app so users can make calls and text for free when on a WiFi network, either in the home or on the go.
Comcast says the service should see a staggered deployment across Comcast markets through the summer.