Xfinity Mobile restricting hotspot and streaming video speeds

Jason Reed  The Daily Dot

Their speeds will drop to 1.5Mbps download and 750kbps upload after those on the unlimited plan use more than 20GB of data in a month. Carriers argue that many consumers can't tell the difference between 480p and higher quality on smartphone screens. I repeat, this is to help YOU.

Xfinity Mobile, Comcast's wireless service that uses Verizon's network is sending out emails to customers ahead of new restrictions for video and hotspot data use.

Xfinity Mobile plans to offer a new tier of service with streaming at 720p later in the year, details about the plan are not yet available. Comcast says there will be an option for Xfinity Mobile users to unlock the ability to view 720p video over cellular, and it won't cost anything.

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Without net neutrality, Comcast and other internet service providers are now legally able to do things like throttling internet speeds without recourse.

Folks sharing on Reddit have confirmed that Xfinity Mobile is planning to implement some throttling measures for certain features. Almost half of videos that stream on Comcast's mobile service play at 480p today, according to the company. Alternatively, you can speak with your wallet and take your service to another carrier that does allow HD streaming over its mobile network. Though the resolution cap doesn't apply when a subscriber is connected to WiFi, it greatly reduces the quality when a video is watched over the 4G LTE network, bringing it down to "dvd" quality.

On the 600kbps tethering limit, Comcast told customers, "At this speed, you'll conserve data so that it takes longer to reach the 20GB threshold, but you'll still be able to do numerous online activities you enjoy". 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. The new limitations have been placed on maximum video quality and hotspot speeds that customers can access when they're on cellular data. 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.

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