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Comcast launches mobile app for Apple’s App Store

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 8:45am
Mike Robuck

Comcast is offering its triple-play subscribers a free mobile application that can be downloaded to an iPhone or iPod Touch via Apple’s App store.

The Comcast app, which a spokesman said was developed with mPortal, is a blend of the company’s digital voice, video and data services. With the application, iPhone and iPod Touch users can gain access to a unified inbox with Comcast.net e-mail and visual voicemail, and users can access address book synch, real-time TV listings and downloadable VOD movie trailers.

Existing customers who have a Comcast.net User ID can download the free app and immediately have live access to their Comcast inbox and address books, in addition to the full functionality of the SmartZone Communications Center. The application was designed to work wherever iPhone and iPod Touch users have network connectivity.

“Giving customers mobile access to the Comcast services they use everyday is particularly compelling on one of the nation’s most popular mobile platforms – the iPhone and iPod touch,” said Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast wireless and voice services. “The Comcast mobile app brings together our communications, information and entertainment products in one place – and having it as a mobile download means our customers can take their Comcast services with them even when they’re not at home.”

Among other features, the first release of the Comcast mobile app includes the ability to:

  • Check Comcast e-mail and listen to home voicemail in one combined inbox.
  • Read, reply, forward and compose e-mail, as well as read attachments supported by the iPhone.
  • Manage voicemail messages and call logs, view voice mail in any preferred order, as well as “touch” to call.
  • Forward home phone calls to the iPhone from the iPhone, view call history and manage home phone settings.
  • Synch all Universal Address Book contacts to an iPhone or iPod Touch, as well as the ability to add pictures to favorite contacts.

Some of the same features are also accessible on any Web-enabled mobile device by using a browser to go to http://m.comcast.net.

Yesterday, Verizon announced the launch of its own app store for smartphones.

Earlier this year, DirecTV launched its DVR Scheduler App on Apple’s App Store.

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