Comcast Dips Toes In WiMAX Waters With 2go
Starting this week in Portland, Oregon, Comcast will kick off its High-Speed 2go service, a data-only 4G service that will be bundled with its at-home Internet, phone and television products. In other words, Comcast is hoping to become a one-stop shop for in-home TV, in-home phone, in-home Internet and on-the-go Internet. It has yet to add voice capabilities to its mobile broadband 2go service, so we guess you'll still need AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile for now -- but we wouldn't doubt if Comcast tried to add that in the future.
For the first time, consumers will have bundled access to both wired and wireless -- sold together at launch as a “Fast Pack” for as low as $49.99 per month for one year. Both new and existing Comcast customers will be eligible for special bundled pricing, with Triple Play customers receiving 4G wireless as an add-on for as low as $30 per month. The $49.99 Fast Pack Metro service includes Comcast’s 12 Mbps home Internet service, a free WiFi router for mobility and extended coverage in the home, and 4G service that will provide up to 4 Mbps download speed when customers are on the go. For an additional $20 per month, consumers can upgrade to the Fast Pack Nationwide service that includes the same services plus nationwide 3G mobile network access.
Comcast is selling two different data cards and service plans:
The company also intends to sell the service to businesses, and if you're wondering, yes -- the service is indeed the same as Clearwire. So with any luck, this service rollout will follow Clearwire's own WiMAX rollout.