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Bill Harr

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I got an email that Xfinity they will now let you bring your iPhone to their service. Went in and switched from ATT. $12.00 per Gig or unlimited $45.00 per month. Sounds like they are using all the Verizon towers and wifi. I was paying $100+ for 3 gigs shared on two phone with ATT. Should save me some money over the year.
 

schoff0310

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I got an email that Xfinity they will now let you bring your iPhone to their service. Went in and switched from ATT. $12.00 per Gig or unlimited $45.00 per month. Sounds like they are using all the Verizon towers and wifi. I was paying $100+ for 3 gigs shared on two phone with ATT. Should save me some money over the year.
I bought my iPhone X when I switched. I use very little data and wait till I’m on WiFi to go online. My bill last month with new X plus insurance and tax was $65. I love it!
 
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Menel

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I switched with my iPhoneS preorder. Been great!

They just need to activate wifi calling. Wierd considering their network of hotspots.
 

BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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I was looking at this yesterday. We use very little cellular data.

How does the cellular/wifi aspect actually work? Can you disregard the Xfinity wifi hotspots completely and rely on cellular?
 

Bill Harr

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I was looking at this yesterday. We use very little cellular data.

How does the cellular/wifi aspect actually work? Can you disregard the Xfinity wifi hotspots completely and rely on cellular?

Is this actually cellular?

Not sure you can disregard the wifi. I was out and about today and phone worked perfectly on wifi and on cellular.

The cellular is over Verizon towers.
 

MsRandall

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Nov 27, 2011
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I wouldn't switch to Xfinity for mobile service because they don't do well as my TV provider. If I could get direct tv to service my in law unit under the main account I wouldnt have xfinity for anything but internet.
 
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BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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I've had StraightTalk for 3 years and haven't had more than one issue. Their support is in the Philippines.

We use so little cellular data I think we could save nearly $30 per month per phone.

They're also offering, until 2/25, a $200 prepaid VISA card for buying a phone from them...only 3 months of service required to fulfill any obligation.

Their international roaming rates are decent (StraightTalk doesn't even have international) if you can keep the data use down. Not sure I could but I'd prefer to not have to put a UK SIM in when traveling there.

So...I could get two iPhone 8 64GB models for about net $1100 including tax and probably save $600 per year on our coverage.
 

Myzhi

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Yesterday, I switch from ATT using my Verizon iPhone X. As mention everywhere, latency is high >150ms. Speed seems to be wildly inconsistent. One minute, I’ll get 60mbps down using Speedtest app, but travel a few miles, it’s down to 0.5mbps often on full 4 bar LTE. Great price or not, can’t live with 0.5mbps. I’ll use it for a few more days and see, but if it doesn’t get way better, time to try something else.
 

jav6454

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I got an email that Xfinity they will now let you bring your iPhone to their service. Went in and switched from ATT. $12.00 per Gig or unlimited $45.00 per month. Sounds like they are using all the Verizon towers and wifi. I was paying $100+ for 3 gigs shared on two phone with ATT. Should save me some money over the year.

This is Comcast... I wouldn't trust them. So I would never recommedn them.
 

BrianBaughn

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I've been reading the forums. As of a few weeks ago it seems like the required APN degrades the service a bit from the standard Verizon APN and actually prevents the service from reaching its advertised quality.

Most of the issues are billing related and most of those are about trouble trying to return purchased phones.

Also, their SIMs aren't "hot-swappable" and you're possibly in for a world of hurt, support-wise, if you stick the SIM in a different phone.

I had trouble, initially, switching from AT&T to StraightTalk but once that was worked out I never needed to contact them again, really.
 

EDH667

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Nov 25, 2009
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I switched with my iPhoneS preorder. Been great!

They just need to activate wifi calling. Wierd considering their network of hotspots.

Looks like Xfinity just activated Wi-Fi calling, I was just able to activate it on both iPhone 8 Plus phones. I switched from AT&T over the weekend and have been pretty happy so far. My Wife and I use very little data so I'm hoping to save a lot on their 'By the Gig' plan.
 

BeeGood

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Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
I would give xfinity mobile a try, but it seems to be geared more towards one-line users or people who don’t use a lot of data.

Also, xfinity cable/internet isn’t available in my area. :(
 

Myzhi

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After using it Xfinity mobile for a few days, I can’t wait to switch out of this garbage service when I have time this weekend. Latency is always very high, >150s, but getting slow ass data is the nail in the coffin.

At home with 2 bars LTE, during the day, our BYOD 2x Verizon iPhone Xs would be get 0.1-0.5mbps and around 11PM, it’s a pathetic 2.5mbps. When I get to work, with full 4 bars LTE, somehow I magically get 6-10mbps, but all good things don’t last. Later in the day, I get no data.

At least when I leave, my bill will be -$1.00 after tech support gave me credit for the poor service.
 
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Myzhi

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+150 ms Latency?! What the?? Using LTE, you shouldn't see beyond 40ms Latency at most.
Yeah, I was aware of this issue before switching. Took a chance at saving $110 a month with “Verizon,” but obviously, that failed big time. Just do a google for “Xfinity mobile high latency.” Think, I’ll stick to the real Verizon.
 

jav6454

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Nov 14, 2007
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Yeah, I was aware of this issue before switching. Took a chance at saving $110 a month with “Verizon,” but obviously, that failed big time. Just do a google for “Xfinity mobile high latency.” Think, I’ll stick to the real Verizon.

Or rather not use Verizon. That latency is not tower depedent, it's prioritization or rather fast v slow lanes of traffic.
 

BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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Yeah, I was aware of this issue before switching. Took a chance at saving $110 a month with “Verizon,” but obviously, that failed big time. Just do a google for “Xfinity mobile high latency.” Think, I’ll stick to the real Verizon.

If you search for ""xfinity mobile" high latency" ("xfinity mobile" in quotes) there really isn't a lot of information on the Xfinity Mobile service. I see a few links and read those already. Most of the hits are regarding home internet service.
 

Myzhi

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Dec 15, 2009
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If you search for ""xfinity mobile" high latency" ("xfinity mobile" in quotes) there really isn't a lot of information on the Xfinity Mobile service. I see a few links and read those already. Most of the hits are regarding home internet service.
http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Xfinit...ork-latency-not-within-published/td-p/2978601

I just ran this on pocketgeek and speedtest app:

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BrianBaughn

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How does it "feel"? Do apps load noticeably slower? Does your email take an extra half a second to come in? Does Google Maps think you're 10 ft behind where you really are? Is it worse than 3G?
 

jav6454

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Nov 14, 2007
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How does it "feel"? Do apps load noticeably slower? Does your email take an extra half a second to come in? Does Google Maps think you're 10 ft behind where you really are? Is it worse than 3G?

Latencies above 150ms are worse than 3G UMTS even. Also, the 3 Mb/s speeds are on par with 1st deployment of HSDPA (max'd out at 3.6 Mb/s). That means you have the speeds and latencies of an iPhone 3G, a 9 year old phone.

I would definelty stay clear of xfinity.
 

BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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Latencies above 150ms are worse than 3G UMTS even. Also, the 3 Mb/s speeds are on par with 1st deployment of HSDPA (max'd out at 3.6 Mb/s). That means you have the speeds and latencies of an iPhone 3G, a 9 year old phone.

I would definelty stay clear of xfinity.

I understand what you're saying. I might do it anyway. $200 off on each of two new iPhones is appealing and the commitment for that is only 3 months. When the two of us don't use more than 2GB/month total you can see that subpar LTE speeds won't affect us much. If it's unbearable after 90 days, we'll look elsewhere.

Have you noticed the switching between LTE and Xfinity hotspots? Where are you?
 
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