Despite Altice deal, Sprint’s Boost rolls out Comcast’s prepaid Xfinity internet

Comcast announced its prepaid Xfinity internet service in 2016. (Comcast)

Comcast continues to sell its prepaid Xfinity internet service through Sprint’s Boost Mobile stores and appears to be on track to reach all of Sprint’s 4,400 Boost Mobile locations within Comcast’s service area by the end of 2017.

A Comcast representative confirmed that the product remains available through Boost stores. Further, research firm Wave7 said that some Boost stores now have signs touting a $90-per-month bundle that includes Boost’s $50 prepaid unlimited wireless service and Comcast’s $40 Xfinity Internet Prepaid service.

“Boost is heavily pushing kit sales and compensation is $25 market on each kit sale, $10 activation bonus, $10 with the first in-store refill, and $5 on the second in-store refill, for a total of $50,” Wave7 wrote in a recent research report. “Beyond that, there is a refill percentage of 5% on Xfinity Internet and TV bundles. In one region, there is a bonus of $5/kit for kits 5-9 and $9/kit for kits 10+. A rep on 12/18 said that the bundle started a week ago and added that his store sells 3-4 kits per month.”

Comcast initially announced its Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service, alongside its partnership to sell the offering through Sprint’s Boost stores, in the summer of 2016. Comcast’s service lets customers in the company’s existing service area get online for seven or 30 days. The offering is noteworthy today considering the significant advancements that both Comcast and Sprint have made in the intersection of cable and wireless.

Comcast, for its part, launched its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service this summer. The offering is now featured prominently in Comcast’s own Xfinity retail outlets. The service works over Verizon’s wireless network and stems from a deal Comcast and a group of other cable companies inked with Verizon in 2012 as part of a sale of AWS spectrum licenses to Verizon. And Comcast has been making some significant progress in wireless: The company announced in October that it counted more than a quarter of a million Xfinity Mobile subscribers.

Sprint’s position is perhaps even more interesting. After its merger negotiations with T-Mobile collapsed last month, Sprint quickly announced a major new MVNO agreement with Altice, the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator. Altice promised to launch a wireless service over Sprint’s network sometime next year and concurrently promised to support Sprint’s network build-out with its wired network facilities.

Thus, it appears that the intersection of mobile and cable continues to get more and more blurry as various sales deals and service launches hit the market.