Comcast Enhancing the Home Phone [Light Reading's Cable Digital News]
Now that they've cemented their position as the nation's third largest provider of residential phone service, Comcast is announcing plans to change the way the home phone works. In its Jacksonville, and Miami, Florida markets, Comcast is testing a new "enhanced cordless phone" in preparation for a nationwide launch.
What does the enhanced cordless phone do? For starters, it provides a regular VoIP telephone, just like millions of customers already have. The phone also has voicemail, access to e-mail and access to an online address book. On top of that, the phone is set to have some form of web browsing access and instant messaging capabilities. And that's just the introductory version of Comcast's new phone product.
Later versions are slated to have WiMAX connectivity and a built-in QWERTY keypad that promises to make the phone more like a portable computer. All those features for an expected price of about $5 per month. Comcast's senior VP of voice services, Cathy Avgiris, promotes the new phone service as an answer for households that may be looking to replace their wireline phone with a more mobile product.