Comcast Adds 450K Cable Modem Users, 662K VoIP in Q3 (2023)

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  • FAQs

    Does Comcast allow VoIP? ›

    VoIP and Xfinity

    Xfinity Voice service uses VoIP technology to provide you a number of enhanced new features without sacrificing any of your current phone features or the call clarity you expect.

    Why is Comcast sending out new modems? ›

    Why am I being asked to replace my equipment? Over time, Internet and TV equipment must be updated to keep up with the latest technology. If you rent equipment from Comcast, you can get an update - on us!

    Does Comcast sell VoIP phones? ›

    Comcast Business offers two cloud-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business phone solutions, both of which allow incoming and outgoing phone calls to operate through a high-speed internet connection.

    Is there a monthly charge for VoIP? ›

    So How Much Does a VoIP Phone Really System Cost? On average, a VoIP phone system costs range between $100 and $500 per extension. Ongoing costs, including maintenance and service fees generally run between $10 and $25 per extension per month.

    Can you get VoIP for free? ›

    The short answer: yes. There are free VoIP software and applications available which you can use to make and receive calls—even video calls! — over the internet. Some of the best free VoIP services on the market include WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo and Hangouts, Skype, and Viber.

    What is the newest Xfinity modem 2022? ›

    xFi Advanced Gateway (XB8)

    The latest generation xFi Advanced Gateway allows you to supercharge your home with supersonic WiFi. It's super-fast at handling multi-Gig speeds, capable of powering hundreds of devices at once and has three times the bandwidth for more reliable connections.

    Is the new Comcast modem better than the old one? ›

    Support for this standard should, according to Comcast, make its new xFi Advanced Gateway faster and more reliable than the older version that was available to its customers who subscribe to its higher-speed plans.

    Can I replace my Comcast modem and router with my own? ›

    You can purchase your own retail modem for use with your Xfinity Internet and/or Voice service, as long as the equipment is certified to work on our network. Before buying from the retailer of your choice, please go to to find certified retail equipment that supports your internet speed tier.

    Does VoIP connect to modem or router? ›

    VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. These phones are designed to carry phone calls over the internet, instead of a landline. These phones can easily be connected to a modem or router using an Ethernet cable.

    Can I use VoIP without a phone? ›

    VoIP service allows for different types of connections to fit individuals' needs. In doing so, users can connect and fully use VoIP services without any new phones/devices; all that's necessary is a high-speed Internet connection.

    How do I activate VoIP? ›

    How to Set Up VoIP Desk Phones and Handsets
    1. Plug the AC adapter into the outlet, then plug it into the phone or handset base.
    2. Connect the IP phone to the switch or router using a CAT5e or CAT6 cable.
    3. Wait for the phone to initialize, then check for dial tone.

    Is VoIP as good as a landline? ›

    Is VoIP better than landline? The short answer is yes. VoIP phones are typically faster and more reliable than landlines, making them a much better choice for businesses that need to keep their customer service running smoothly. They also include extra important features such as video calls and SMS.

    Can I just plug a VoIP phone into my router? ›

    Many consumer routers allow you to simply plug in a VoIP phone to use it; a few need to be configured to work with a VoIP phone.

    What is the cheapest VoIP provider? ›

    • Google Voice – Cheapest VoIP System Overall. Prices from: $10/user/month. ...
    • Dialpad – Great for Startups. Prices from: $15/user/month. ...
    • Vonage – Best Training Features. Prices from: $19.99/user/month. ...
    • RingCentral – Great for Small Businesses. ...
    • GoTo Connect – Cheapest Scalable Option. ...
    • Net2Phone – Great for International Use.
    Dec 8, 2022

    What are the 3 disadvantages of VoIP? ›

    VoIP: Disadvantages
    • Reliable Internet Connection Required.
    • Latency and Jitter.
    • No location tracking for emergency calls.

    Is VoIP cheaper than a landline? ›

    VoIP services tend to be cheaper than landlines, but they may lack some key business phone features. Internet reliability: Landlines are known for their reliability in terms of call quality and resilience against outages.

    Is it worth switching to VoIP? ›

    By switching to a VoIP provider, you can typically save up to 50% or more on your current phone bill every month. One way that VoIP service providers can offer lower rates is by utilizing the Internet for calls instead of analog phone lines.

    Can police track VoIP? ›

    The question is: can we trace VoIP calls, too? The ultimate—but unsatisfying—answer is that everything is traceable. VoIP calls require IP addresses on each end so the information can be routed. IP addresses can be traced.

    How do I know if a phone number is VoIP? ›

    A reverse lookup service will tell you if the caller is a VoIP number, who owns the number, and their address. Alternatively, if you have a VoIP phone, you can ask your provider to do a CNAM lookup to learn more about the caller.

    How do I find out who owns a VoIP number? ›

    One way to find the owner of an unidentified VoIP number is through the VoIP service provider. All you need to do is note down the caller ID and the time the call was made. Then, contact your VoIP service provider and provide the necessary information. They will be able to track the owner of that number for you.

    Which Comcast modem is better? ›

    Which modem works best with Xfinity? The ARRIS S33 is our recommended best modem for Xfinity. It supports download speeds up to Xfinity's lightning-fast Gigabit plan. But if you want to control your modem from the Xfinity mobile app, an Xfinity modem like the xFi Gateway is the right way to go.

    How much is a Comcast modem per month? ›

    How much does it cost to rent a modem with Xfinity? A: It currently costs $14/mo. to rent a modem/router gateway device from Xfinity. That equals $168 each year.

    How often should Xfinity modem be replaced? ›

    Typically, you should look to upgrade or replace your cable modem every two to four years. Newer cable modem technology, such as DOCSIS 3.1, can have a variety of improvements, including faster download speeds, faster uplink speeds, enhanced streaming capabilities, DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities and more.

    How long do Comcast modems last? ›

    How Long Does a Modem Last? Most modems last for about 2-3 years but higher quality modems can last for 5-8 years. Most high quality modems end up being replaced because they become outdated, not because they have broken down.

    What are two of the best cable modems on the market today? ›

    The 5 best cable modems
    • Best overall: Motorola MB8611.
    • Best for budgets: NETGEAR CM500.
    • Best for gamers: NETGEAR Nighthawk CM2000.
    • Best multigig alternative: ARRIS SURFboard SB8200.
    • Best combo: ARRIS SURFboard G36.
    Dec 27, 2022

    Is it better to get a cable modem router combo or separate? ›

    A separate modem and router gives your better connectivity and a better internet experience. Things like: Improved signal strength. Faster transfer speeds.

    Is it cheaper to get your own modem and router? ›

    Moving to an ownership model for your networking equipment could save you hundreds of dollars over the years. A substantial number of US cable subscribers receive their WiFi Cable Modem Router from their Internet Service Providers (ISP) and are unknowingly paying for more than just their internet service plan.

    Can you have 2 Comcast routers in one house? ›

    Yes, Xfinity does not allow you to have multiple modems on one account, but you can create another account and let Xfinity know that one is yours and the other belongs to the landlord. You need to let them know. Otherwise, they will deactivate all other existing accounts. Still, you will want to do a manual install.

    What is the difference between a modem and a router? ›

    Have you ever asked, "do I need a modem and router?" To put it simply, the modem connects your home to the Internet, while a router creates the network inside your house.

    Do I need a special modem for VoIP? ›

    Do You Need a Special Modem or Router to Make VoIP Calls? No, your business doesn't need to purchase a new modem or router. Once your VoIP application is downloaded on your device, you can make and receive calls from that device.

    What is the main disadvantage of VoIP? ›

    VoIP Disadvantages

    Requires Good Internet Connection. Needs Continuous Power Supply. Latency and Jitter. Doesn't Support Emergency Calls.

    How do I know if my modem supports VoIP? ›

    To do this, simply check the back for of your router for a phone port. It will look the same as the phone ports on most walls and should be labelled either 'phone' or 'VoIP'. Still not sure if your router is compatible?

    Do hackers use VoIP? ›

    Many hackers want to use business VoIP phones for fraudulent hacking operations. These operations typically try to rack up calling minutes for expensive international numbers. If you don't need to make international calls for your daily operations, it makes sense to completely disable international calling.

    What kind of phone do I need for VoIP? ›

    IP phones. The best phones you'll use with VoIP are IP phones, also known as SIP Phones. These are specifically designed to be used with VoIP, and that they have options and functionalities that typical alternative telephones do not have.

    Do you have to pay for VoIP? ›

    Depending on your VoIP provider, VoIP packages generally have two types of costs: a monthly line rental fee, and costs for your usage. In other words, you will pay a monthly fee to access the services of your provider and may pay additional charges for the outbound calls that you make.

    Is VoIP the same as WIFI? ›

    VoIP transfers voice data packets over the Internet to the switched telephone network, while VoWiFi/Wi-Fi Calling reaches your carrier over the Internet instead of a cell tower to establish a phone line. VoIP calls don't depend on the operator, unlike VoWiFi calls.

    Is VoIP the same as internet? ›

    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line.

    What is the best quality VoIP? ›

    • The Best VoIP Services of 2023.
    • RingCentral.
    • Nextiva.
    • Grasshopper.
    • 8x8.
    • Vonage.
    • Dialpad.
    • magicJack.

    How do I know if my landline is VoIP? ›

    If you have recently “bundled” your cable, phone, and internet service; odds are you are now using a VoIP phone. Also, some specific companies such as “Vonage” or “Magic Jack” are solely VoIP providers. The best thing to do if you are not sure is to contact your phone provider's customer service department and ask.

    What can I use instead of VoIP? ›

    Compared to Grasshopper or other virtual numbers, Chalkboard has a set of features designed to grow your business. All these features plus its affordable rates make Chalkboard an excellent VoIP alternative and a marketing tool for small businesses and startups.

    Can I use my old landline phone for VoIP? ›

    VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol takes analogue voice signals, converting them into digital signals, then sending them as data via your broadband. It is a fast and flexible telephony solution and in fact, you can use a normal phone with VoIP.

    What type of router do I need for VoIP? ›

    The 10 Best VoIP Routers to Buy in 2023
    • Sonicwall TZ Series – Best for its QoS capabilities.
    • NetGear Nighthawk X10 Router – Best for Speed.
    • Asus RT Series – Best for Performance.
    • NetGear ProSafe – Best for Business-Class Network Protection.
    • Linksys EA8300 Max Stream – Best for Power Users.
    Dec 27, 2022

    Do VoIP phones need a firewall? ›

    Your VoIP phone is a computing device plugged into Ethernet or your Wi-Fi network. As a connected endpoint, Machado said it's important for customers to remember that, just like any other computing device, it also needs to be behind the corporate firewall.

    How much is VoIP per month? ›

    The average VoIP phone system costs between $99 and $400 per extension. Ongoing costs, including maintenance, service fees, and other things typically run between $20 and $30 per extension per month.

    What is VoIP called now? ›

    VoIP has many names: virtual telephony, online phone system, cloud-based phone system, IP telephony, virtual calling tool…. the list goes on. All these terms mean the same thing: instead of using a traditional landline phone for voice calls, VoIP manages phone communication over the Internet.

    Can I use VoIP instead of landline? ›

    The short answer is yes. VoIP phones are typically faster and more reliable than landlines, making them a much better choice for businesses that need to keep their customer service running smoothly. They also include extra important features such as video calls and SMS.

    Can I just plug in a VoIP phone? ›

    An IP phone won't just work out of the box by plugging it into an ethernet outlet. Just like you need a phone service provider to use an analogue phone, you'll need a VoIP service provider to use a VoIP phone.

    Do I need a special phone for Xfinity Voice? ›

    To use Xfinity Voice service you need a telephone handset and electrical outlets. Inside wiring and jacks are not required for service. Handsets may be connected directly to a Comcast Wireless Gateway device, or inside wiring and jacks can be connected to provide phone service throughout a residence.

    Can I plug a VoIP phone into my router? ›

    Many consumer routers allow you to simply plug in a VoIP phone to use it; a few need to be configured to work with a VoIP phone.

    Does a VoIP phone have a phone number? ›

    A VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone number is the number assigned to you when you sign up for a VoIP service. It's basically the string of digits you enter on a dialpad to make a call, much like with traditional landlines.

    What are the two devices needed for VoIP? ›

    VoIP – What Equipment Do You Need? For a VoIP phone system to work, you have to have a modem and router, which are part of your existing internet setup. Users make calls from any device that has your call software downloaded.

    What is the cheapest VoIP phone service? ›

    • Google Voice – Cheapest VoIP System Overall. Prices from: $10/user/month. ...
    • Dialpad – Great for Startups. Prices from: $15/user/month. ...
    • Vonage – Best Training Features. Prices from: $19.99/user/month. ...
    • RingCentral – Great for Small Businesses. ...
    • GoTo Connect – Cheapest Scalable Option. ...
    • Net2Phone – Great for International Use.
    Dec 8, 2022

    Is Comcast phone considered a landline? ›

    Xfinity Voice is a digital VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) landline phone service carried over Xfinity internet instead of traditional telephone lines. VoIP phone service offers cleaner audio clarity as well as advanced features like three-way calling and voicemail-to-text messaging.

    What phone carrier does Xfinity use? ›

    Xfinity Mobile uses Verizon

    Comcast's Xfinity Mobile uses Verizon's network for its coverage. Is 5G included?

    What type of phone is VoIP? ›

    A voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone is a kind of telephone that uses IP technology to transmit calls. It can come either in the form of specialized digital hardware or a program (running on a computer or mobile device) that performs the same functions.

    Can I use my old phone with VoIP? ›

    Yes, your existing phone hardware can be used for your VoIP services. It's not required to use a sophisticated telephone set to make use of VoIP services, especially when you have a network that is in good working condition.

    Does VoIP need WiFi? ›

    To allow employees to use their smartphones for VoIP calls, VoIP needs to be connected to the Wi-Fi network. While there are various ways to accomplish this, each style has varying quality. They include: VoIP app on your smartphone that's also connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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