Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

Comcast is making some changes to their Xfinity Mobile wireless connection plan.

Comcast notified users that it is introducing some Xfinity Mobile throttling.

"To help you conserve data, we've established 480p as the standard resolution for streaming video through cellular data", Comcast told customers.

There is a way to work around this for now, though.

The option to pay more for 720p video streams won't go live until later this year, according to the email, though the 480p cap will start.

Xfinity Mobile also plans to begin throttling mobile hotspot speeds for unlimited customers to just 600kbps. As you might expect, these changes are not good.

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After Comcast announced the new throttling policy to its customers, one customer reportedly posted the announcement to Reddit. It's important to note that this change won't impact video resolution when using Wi-Fi, where customers will continue to be able to stream in HD.

Comcast says that these changes are being put in place to "help" users stay under their data limits.

Want faster speeds when using a personal hotspot? Second, we're setting personal hotspotting at 3G speeds for all Unlimited customers, which will allow customers to continue to do numerous things they enjoy doing online.

Customers can reach out to Comcast and request to be upgraded to 720p for free (Comcast is marketing this as a way to help people use less data and save on their monthly bills) but it will eventually transition to a paid upgrade later in the year. The latest of these is Comcast with its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service, which piggybacks on America's largest 4G LTE wireless network: Verizon Wireless. But with these changes, it's looking less like a steal, and more like the rest of the unlimited data plans on the market - not really unlimited.

Comcast says, "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".

Spectrum Mobile offers two plans: an unlimited data option for $45/month, or a by-the-gig approach for $14 per gigabyte (GB) of data, per month.

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