Xfinity Mobile’s unlimited data plans now cost an extra $20 a month if you want to watch HD video. They cost $45 per line per month, but video streams are generally limited to 480p resolution. “Comcast yesterday announced a new $20-per-month HD Pass ‘for an upgrade to HD video resolution on Unlimited lines (720p on phone and 1080p on tablets),'” reports Ars Technica. “That raises the monthly price to $65.” From the report: Xfinity Mobile does offer cheaper options with HD video if you don’t need unlimited data. Comcast said it now allows HD streaming on its limited plans, which cost $12 a month for 1GB, $30 for 3GB, and $60 for 10GB. Comcast charges $12 for each additional gigabyte if you go over your limit. Comcast also now offers a “Data Saver” feature to limited-plan customers, which turns off HD streaming in order to reduce data usage.
The new $20 HD pass doesn’t lift the 1.5Mbps cap for unlimited customers who use more than 20GB, but Comcast says buying the pass does let users “access faster speeds when the network is congested, such as during concerts and sporting events.” Basically, this means unlimited customers who pay $20 extra and use less than 20GB a month will get HD video and will not get slower speeds than limited-plan customers during network congestion. The various speed restrictions do not apply when your phone is connected to a Comcast Wi-Fi hotspot. There are millions of those around the country, and Xfinity Mobile phones can automatically connect to them when in range.
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