Comcast is taking aim at traditional SMS text messaging and wireless data revenue with two new services introduced this week at the Cable Show.
BOSTON — Comcast is taking aim at wireless operators with new services introduced here at the NCTA’s Cable Show that will undercut mobile carrier fees for text messaging and offer an alternative to mobile data services.
Over the past two days Comcast has made two new product announcements that could threaten revenue for wireless companies. At the same time, though, the company is also partnering with the nation’s largest wireless provider, Verizon Wireless.
In the latest Comcast product announcement, the company said it will allow its voice subscribers to make phone calls and send text messages for free using either Wi-Fi or 3G/4G cellular networks.
The new service, called Voice 2Go, will be available through the Xfinity Connect Mobile app, which can be installed on Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Users can make phone calls and send text messages through the app using their home phone number. The calls do not count against their wireless minutes. And text messages bypass the carrier SMS network and are free. (Calls and texts sent over 3G and 4G networks do consume data services.)
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