Xfinity Mobile to start throttling video resolution and mobile hotspot speeds

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That's quick enough for many tasks, but not high-definition video.

Once again, Comcast spins this as helping you to "conserve data so that it takes longer to reach the 20 GB threshold".

"To help you conserve data, we've established 480p as the standard resolution for streaming video through cellular data", Comcast told customers. The company says its goal is to help their customers keep their data usage under control if they subscribe to the Xfinity Unlimited plan.

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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.

Of course, the company added that "later this year, 720p video over cellular data will be available as a fee-based option with your service".

Charter unveiled Spectrum Mobile today, the cable MSO's mobile wireless service.

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Comcast notified users that it is introducing some Xfinity Mobile throttling. In Comcast's eyes, it seems to think that it's doing you a favor by restricting access and raising the price.

In addition, subscribers to its unlimited data plan get throttled to 3G speeds when acting as a hotspot for another device. For everyone else, the company plans to roll out these changes in the coming weeks.

Comcast has announced placing limitations on video quality and hotspot speed for its mobile customers. In the meantime, you can request it on an interim basis at no charge. Xfinity Mobile users can get 4G hotspot speeds by switching to Comcast's "By the Gig" pricing. 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. 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. The company says this will allow those paying "By the Gig" to save money, as well as keeping those on the unlimited plan further from the 20GB threshold after which the speed is throttled.

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