Comcast adds 5G data plans to its Xfinity Mobile service

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile now has access to Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave network.

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Xfinity Mobile, Comcast’s mobile phone service that uses the Verizon network, is adding new data plans that will allow people with the appropriate phones to take advantage of Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave network.

Announced Monday, the new plans will continue to allow the purchase of data either per gigabyte or as unlimited data for the month. “A la carte” plans start at 1 GB of data for $ 15 per month, with a mid-level plan offering 3 GB of data for $ 30 and a higher plan giving 10 GB for $ 60.

Data for “à la carte” offers can be shared among multiple people on the same plan, but additional data if you or your group exceeds remains at $ 15 per gigabyte. Unlimited data runs at $ 45 per month per line.

Users can change their plans throughout the month through the Xfinity Mobile app. The app is also where current customers can update their plans with new ones that include 5G.

All plans require users to subscribe to Comcast’s Xfinity home internet service. Wireless plans include unlimited calling and texting as well as access to Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot network, although to take advantage of 5G will require a compatible device like the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G. or Samsung’s S20 Ultra 5G.

Comcast says additional devices “will continue to be added in the future.”

As 5G is provided by Verizon’s millimeter wave network, Comcast says those looking to take advantage of faster networks will need to be in one of the 34 cities where Verizon has deployed improved technology. Those looking to tap into the faster speeds will likely need to be outdoors, as the higher frequency of millimeter waves does not penetrate buildings or cover great distances.

Verizon has also rolled out its 5G in a handful of NFL stadiums.

Similar to AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon plans to roll out 5G to other wireless bands later this year This will allow it to cover larger areas and offer 5G service that works indoors, but Comcast’s new plans are only for millimeter wave access. The company told CNET that it “has no plans at this time” to offer 5G on other bands.

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