Comcast on Tuesday rolled out free a free WiFi calling platform for current voice customers. Under the new plan Comcast customers who subscriber to home phone service will be able to make calls from their iPad, smartphone and other mobile devices at no additional charge.
Users looking to take advantage of the free WiFi calling need only download the Comcast mobile app and then connect to a WiFi hotspot. The new system currently offers apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones.
While customers can also make free voice calls from their 3G or 4G wireless data plans the company warns that carrier data usage will still apply.
Comcast customers will find the service under the name Voice 2go and it is only available to Comcast Xfinity Voice subscribers.
As part of the services customers will also be able to forward their home phone calls to up to four additional phones or other connected devices. Call forwarding can be enacted for other landlines, iPhone, iPad, iPod Toucha nd Android devices. Customers can also setup four “personal phone numbers that can be used to make calls and send text messages over Wi-Fi networks.
By jumping into the free WiFi sector Comcast is now competing against the likes of Google Voice, Skype and various VoIP based carriers. While Comcast Xfinity might be competing against Skype they also just recently rolled out Skype video capabilities for triple play subscribers.
How many customers will take advantage of the Voice 2go program and then continue to use it in order to save money on cellular and other phone calls has yet to be seen but the more competition that arises in the VoIP market the better.