Remember those old cellphone plans when you never knew how much you'd pay each month? You had no idea how much you'd be charged for phone calls, for roaming, and for who knows what else? Thankfully, those days are over.
Except, they're coming back for Comcast Internet customers. Comcast, the third largest, and one of the least-liked cable companies in the country, is going to charge Xfinity customers each time they exceed their plan limits.
Right now, Comcast is charging customers in nine states an extra $10 for each 50GB of data they use, over their monthly 300GB allowance. Confused?
That may be Comcast's point. The bottom line is Comcast could be starting a trend where you pay extra, little by little, to go over your data plan. A lot of cellphone providers now simply slow down your Web access when you reach your max monthly data usage. But that could change.
In its defense, Comcast alerts Xfinity customers when they're about to incur an extra charge. Comcast sends out an email, and puts an alert in the customer's Internet browser.
Plus, Comcast is now offering to eliminate the confusion of not knowing how much you're going to pay each month. But, it'll cost you.
Comcast is testing out a $30-per-month extra charge in a few Florida cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It's called their Unlimited Data Option and the idea is that, if you use a lot of data, you'll save money by paying $30 for unlimited data usage, instead of getting charged $10 per each time you use 50GB of data.
But, if you sign up for Unlimited Data Option, make sure you use the data. Even if you use less than 300GB, Comcast will still stick that extra $30 on your bill.