March 30, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Comcast has announced that subscribers to its Xfinity Voice home phone service can now send free text messages to select international markets. The company often parodied as “Kabletown” on 30 Rock says subscribers can enjoy free SMS to anyone in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, or China, with several more countries set to launch soon.
The free texting program is open to anyone who subscribes to Xfinity Voice or through Comcast’s Triple-Play service. Messages will be routed through the subscribers home phone number, and sending or receiving messages will be available through the Xfinity Mobile Android app and Xfinity Connect website. Subscribers will be able to text with their loved ones or contacts in other countries for free, though foreign recipients will still have to pay their local provider, so keep that in mind.
Only three countries are currently supported, but Mexico and nearly 40 more countries are slated to be supported “soon.” Current Xfinity Voice subscribers can download the Xfinity Mobile app from Google Play and then sign-up for the free texting service by going to Messages > Texting.
Comcast also announced that it will begin offering transcribed voicemail messages that can be accessed through Xfinity Connect. You can also forward those transcriptions to email in case you want mobile access.
“These new features make it easier for our customers to connect with friends and family on various mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. We’re evolving our service to go well beyond a traditional home phone experience, and, at the same time, save our customers money on their wireless bills.”
- Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data and Communications Services.