Xfinity Mobile is broadening its support for BYOD by inaugurating support for Android devices. The service provider said that customers can bring these devices to Xfinity stores for the upgrades, which initially will cover Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 9 and Note 8. More are expected to be added this year.
Starting today and extending until August 4, customers will get a $100 prepaid card when they bring eligible phones, activate a new line and port their number to Xfinity Mobile. Non-qualifying phones may be eligible to be traded for a gift card that can go towards upgrading to a new device.
“By expanding our BYOD capabilities to Android-based smartphones, we’re enabling more Xfinity Internet customers to take advantage of the flexibility and savings Xfinity Mobile offers while keeping the phone they already know and love,” Billy Stephens, Xfinity’s Senior Vice President of Wireless Devices, said in a press release. “Consumers are holding onto their phones longer, and we’re looking forward to continuing to expand the lineup of Android devices customers can bring to our network in the near future.”
Comcast continues to aggressively go beyond its roots as a cable company. Xfinity Mobile, which is available to Xfinity Internet subscribers, made a couple of moves in late June. The service provider said that it will offer Apple Watch Series 4 with built-in cellular, the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and the new 7.9-inch iPad mini. These were the first non-smartphone devices available to Xfinity customers.
The company also introduced robocall blocking technology from Hiya. The app provides alerts identifying calls that are potentially spam and allows those calls to be blocked. It is available as an option. The FCC has taken significant steps towards alleviating the problem for mobile users. The latest news is that the bureau approved a declarative ruling that gives carriers wider latitude in combating such calls.