Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile is now throttling video and mobile hotspots

Comcast Xfinity Mobile

If you're an Unlimited user, you will still be able to stream in 720p but will be throttled after 20GB plus your mobile hotspot will be limited to 600kbps. That's quick enough for many tasks, but not high-definition video. I repeat, this is to help YOU. Comcast spins this change by saying it will "help you save money if you pay By the Gig and take longer to reach the 20 GB threshold if you have the Unlimited data option".

Comcast said that 480p "is consistent with standard unlimited plans across carriers", and that it's making the changes to bring Comcast's offerings in line with the rest of the industry.

As such, using Comcast's reasoning, the new quality cap could prevent customers from accidentally going over their data soft cap, preventing their speeds from being throttled. The operator added that, later this year, it will allow customers to pay extra to stream video at 720p resolution.

Big changes are coming for Xfinity Mobile customers.




Comcast joins a number of other wireless service providers in moving to reduce the quality of users' mobile video.

Comcast suggests that this change is created to ensure lower pricing point and to help its subscribers conserve data. In Comcast's eyes, it seems to think that it's doing you a favor by restricting access and raising the price. Customers who pay-by-the-GB will continue to enjoy full 4G LTE speeds, but unlimited customers are out of luck. This can help you save money if you pay By the Gig and take longer to reach the 20 GB threshold if you have the Unlimited data option.

But that is not all; for those with the unlimited data option, your hotspot tethering speeds will be reduced to 600 Kbps at all times. This will be allowed "on an interim basis at no charge", Ars Technica reports.

Comcast MVNO Xfiinity Mobile has gotten quite popular with its existing TV and home internet subscribers with hundreds of thousands signing up for this additional wireless service within the first few months of availability. You can continue to stream HD-quality video over WiFi, including at millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.

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