Not too surprisingly, a Comcast insider tells Broadband Reports that the company will be phasing out their Comcast "Internet2Go" wireless broadband service over the next six months. The move comes on the heel of a new Comcast deal with Verizon to bundle Verizon LTE services, with Comcast saying they'll start offering the service in four markets early next year. Indeed, Comcast's website
confirms that Internet2Go is no longer available, but existing users are still being supported for now.
Comcast's Xfinity Internet2Go service was simply re-branded Sprint and Clearwire service, operating over both the company's Mobile WiMax and EVDO networks at a variety of fairly stale price points. Despite having been in operation for more than a year, Comcast has stated the service only has about 30,000 active customers, who'll be nudged in Verizon's direction.
Sprint's relationship with the cable industry has quickly gone from cozy to contentious. Shortly after Verizon's deal with the cable industry, Sprint turned around and quickly sued several cable operators including Comcast
for violation of VoIP patents. Given they won a similar suit in 2007 against Vonage this is a case Sprint could have launched at any time, but chose to do so immediately following the announcement of the Verizon deal.
Just as with Internet2Go, the question remains why exactly users will want to buy Verizon LTE service from Comcast instead of directly from Verizon. With the exception of a unified bill, the perks and cost savings aren't substantive -- though Verizon insists they're working on cross-platform content integration offerings they hope will make bundled LTE more interesting to wireless shoppers.