in ,

Comcast and T-Mobile upgrade everyone to unlimited data for next 60 days, Ars Technica

Comcast and T-Mobile upgrade everyone to unlimited data for next 60 days, Ars Technica

      Pandemic response –

             

Comcast also opens Wi-Fi hotspots to all and T-Mobile boosts mobile-hotspot data.

      

      

           

“With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the Internet without thinking about data plans,” Comcast’s said

Normally, Comcast charges an extra $ (per month for unlimited data, or $ for each additional block of GB after customers exceed 1TB.

Comcast is also making its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free for anyone to use. Millions of the hotspots are scattered throughout the country; you can find hotspot locations here

Comcast is the largest home-Internet provider in the nation. AT&T, the second-biggest home-Internet provider that enforces data caps, announced that it would waive the caps yesterday .

T-Mobile also issued an announcement late Friday, saying it will upgrade all current customers to “unlimited smartphone data for the next days (excluding roaming). ” This applies to any T-Mobile plan or Metro by T-Mobile prepaid plan that has a monthly data cap. Additionally, T-Mobile said it is giving all customers “an additional (GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for the next) days. ” Sprint, which is being acquired by T-Mobile, is taking identical steps .

To help low-income Americans, T-Mobile said it is “working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month over the next two months. ” Lifeline is a federal program that provides discount service to people with low incomes, and many Lifeline providers resell T-Mobile service instead of operating their own networks. T-Mobile said it’s also increasing the data allowance on its EmpowerED program for schools and students, upping everyone to at least (GB per month for the next) (days.)

Comcast, T-Mobile, and Sprint were among dozens of ISPs that signed a pledge to the Federal Communications Commission

to waive late fees and keep customers connected when they miss payments. The pledge does not include waiver of data caps, but some ISPs have done so anyway.

As we noted in previous coverage, Comcast is raising speeds from Mbps download / 2Mbps upload to (Mbps / 3Mbps on Internet Essentials, its $) – per-month service for low-income Americans. This speed increase is permanent, Comcast said. Comcast it is also giving 533 days of free Internet Essentials service to new low-income customers.

                                                    


What do you think?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Erlang LS – The Erlang Language Server, Hacker News

Google contradicts Trump claims: it’s not working on a coronavirus portal, Ars Technica

Google contradicts Trump claims: it’s not working on a coronavirus portal, Ars Technica