The City of Philadelphia is now Lit Up with Nearly 14,500 Hotspots
Holiday shoppers city-wide can save time and money with Xfinity WiFi hotspots
Comcast announced that it has blanketed Philadelphia with nearly 14,500 Xfinity WiFi hotspots after adding 500 new outdoor hotspots across the city this year. The additional hotspots are part of an ongoing expansion of the company’s WiFi network aimed at providing free access points that keep consumers connected on the go.
Holiday shoppers who use their mobile devices while out and about to search for deals and offers can take advantage of these outdoor hotspots as they are located in high traffic areas like shopping destinations, parks, universities, commuter stations and other vibrant areas. These include popular destinations in Center City, Old City and Graduate Hospital, among many others. Access to these hotspots comes at no additional cost to most Xfinity Internet customers.
According to Cisco, 88 percent of all U.S. data traffic on mobile and portable devices will travel over WiFi by 2018.
The largest WiFi provider in the region and state, Comcast’s network consists of more than 18 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide, which includes thousands of Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area.
“With the number of mobile devices increasing, now more than ever before, our customers want to be connected wherever they go,” said Jim Samaha, senior vice president of Comcast’s Freedom Region, which serves Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware. “Having the largest WiFi network in the region and the nation is a major benefit to our customers, and we are pleased to continue to make these investments.”
Xfinity Internet customers can access Xfinity WiFi hotspots by selecting “xfinitywifi” from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast username and password. After signing in for the first time, customers will be automatically connected to the network whenever they are in a hotspot location, allowing them to save on their wireless data plans and easily take advantage of additional Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country, including popular vacation destinations along the East Coast.
The Xfinity WiFi App, available as a free download on both iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to locate business and outdoor hotspots, or customers can visit the hotspot finder map online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.
The Xfinity WiFi network consists of:
- Xfinity WiFi Outdoor Hotspots:Comcast is placing Xfinity WiFi hotspots in popular public locations across the region, from shopping centers and parks to commuter stations. These hotspots will be deployed in many of the region’s most utilized areas.
- Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in Business Locations: Comcast Business customers can receive an Xfinity WiFi hotspot for no additional charge when they order service. This is a value-added feature that directly improves their patrons’ experience. Thousands of businesses across the region have these hotspots and include restaurants, cafes and bakeries, retail establishments and office waiting rooms.
- Xfinity WiFi Neighborhood Hotspots: Residential customers with Xfinity Wireless Gateways are able to have a second “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) in their home that is separate and distinct from their private and secure home WiFi signal. This second signal provides visiting Xfinity Internet customers WiFi access without the need to use the homeowner’s private network password.
Other recent moves that capitalize on Comcast’s growing internet and wireless presence include the April 2017 launch of Xfinity Mobile, which combines the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with the largest Wi-Fi network. It’s available to all Xfinity Internet customers, and includes up to five lines with unlimited nationwide talk and text, no line access fees, and 100 MB of shared data.