Comcast today announced it added five new countries to its most popular home phone plan, Xfinity Voice Unlimited, a change that comes at no additional cost and has the potential to save users hundreds of dollars each year. These changes allow customers to place unlimited calls from home or on the go to mobile and landline phones in Mexico, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea, in addition to the six regions outside the United States already included.
“I’m personally very excited for Lakewood and Pierce County as we have a huge number of people with interests and family in South Korea in particular, but certainly also those other countries. We hope this saves them money and allows them more time to speak with their loved ones and others,” said Walter Neary, Comcast communications director.
The updated plan is available today in Comcast’s Central Division, which includes major markets like Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, and Nashville. Next week, it will be offered in the company’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia, and it will be available to remaining Comcast customers by the end of August.
Today, Americans spend billions of dollars on cell phone charges related to international calling and millions more on worldwide calling cards. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows that many of these calls go to India, Mexico, and Canada.
“We applaud Comcast’s decision to add India, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore to the Xfinity Voice Unlimited home phone plan. Although the Asian-American community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States, many of us still have family and friends in our countries of origin,” said Carl Hum, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “Comcast’s expanded plan will help our community keep in touch and connected without spending on calling cards or incurring wireless charges.”
Comcast has more than 11 million phone customers, and nearly all of its residential phone customers subscribe to the Xfinity Voice Unlimited plan. In addition to the five new countries being added today, the plan already allows unlimited calling to Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, totaling nearly half of the world’s population. Xfinity Voice Unlimited also includes features like caller ID across multiple devices, three-way calling, and call waiting.
Unlimited international calling is just one way Xfinity Voice saves people money. With the Xfinity Connect app, people can use up to four virtual phone numbers to make and receive calls and texts for free from a smartphone, tablet, or device connected to Wi-Fi. This feature helps save money on wireless bills and on international charges when traveling abroad. Customers can also check email, read or listen to home voicemail, and access contacts through the app.