Comcast’s 4G wireless service, which is offered via Clearwire’s network, has landed in Atlanta, and the nation’s largest cable operator said Chicago, Philadelphia and other markets will launch the service before the end of the year.
The wireless data service, which is called Comcast High-Speed 2go, will be bundled with other triple-play services from Comcast. The service is available to customers through wireless data cards.
Last year, Comcast invested in Clearwire, and while it’s using Clearwire’s network for 4G wireless data offerings, Comcast’s 3G service will be provided by Sprint’s network.
"Atlanta is known for being one of the most progressive cities in the Southeast, and having the first and only 4G service bundled with the nation's fastest Internet speeds is evidence to that fact," said Larry Schweber, vice president of marketing for Comcast's Atlanta region. "Comcast continues to drive innovation in the market, whether it's with video, voice, the Internet, or now wireless – all for the ultimate benefit of customers in Atlanta."
Comcast is selling two different data cards and service plans:
- Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service uses a 4G-only data card, giving customers the fastest wireless service within the 4G metro coverage area, according to Comcast. The Metro device operates only in a 4G service footprint.
- Comcast High-Speed 2go Nationwide service delivers the metro 4G service plus coast-to-coast access on Sprint's national 3G network. The Nationwide device switches between available 4G and 3G networks.
For the first time, Comcast said its subscribers will have bundled access to both the fastest wired and wireless Internet in the nation, which will be sold together at launch as a "Fast Pack" for as low as $49.99 per month for one year. Both new and existing Comcast customers will be eligible for special bundled pricing, with triple-play customers receiving 4G wireless as an add-on for as low as $30 per month.
The $49.99 Fast Pack Metro service includes Comcast's 12 Mbps home Internet service, a free Wi-Fi router for mobility and extended coverage in the home, and 4G service that will provide 3- to 6 Mbps average download speeds when customers are on the go. For another $20 per month, customers can upgrade to the Fast Pack Nationwide service that includes the same services plus nationwide 3G mobile network access.