Weekly output: your cable company as your wireless service

I spent much of this week working on some longer-term projects, so there’s only one published story in the list below.

6/29/2019: Should you let your cable company sell you wireless service, too?, USA Today

If you get your residential Internet service from a cable operator, you may also be able to sign up for wireless service from that firm–“from” meaning “resold from one of the big four wireless carriers.” This column looks at the current wireless offers from Comcast and Spectrum as well as an upcoming service from Altice that will also run on infrastructure built out by the firm behind the Optimum cable brand.

Although the column hasn’t been tagged as corrected, we did have to correct it after I erred by relying on a Comcast tech-support page showing limited voice-over-LTE support to warn readers that Xfinity Mobile’s VoLTE was lacking. Comcast PR told me Sunday that this page had somehow stayed up despite being well out of date, but I can’t blame Comcast too much: The ages of the phones that page cited should have gotten me thinking that something was off there.

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Weekly output: watching baseball online, broadband privacy, Apple secrecy, Comcast wireless, Tech Night Owl

This week saw me at two Opening Days: On Monday, I attended the Nats’ home opener, and today I kicked off the 2017 lawn-mowing season. In both cases, I’m worried we’re going to fade down the stretch.

4/3/2017: The cheapest way to watch baseball online, Yahoo Finance

For once, I had good things to say about the availability of sports programming online, thanks to many regional sports networks now showing up on services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now. Alas, the Nats’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is not among them.

4/5/2017: Broadband privacy, Al Jazeera

I talked about the swift, Republican-led dispatch of privacy regulations for the Arabic news network.

4/6/2017: How Apple’s secrecy can hurt consumers, Yahoo Finance

Apple’s unprecedented revelation of even broad details about the next Mac Pro and iMac kicked off this post about the unhelpful hangup many tech companies–no, not just Apple–have about keeping customers in the loop.

4/7/2017: The hidden details in Comcast’s wireless plan, USA Today

The amount of interest in Comcast’s upcoming Xfinity Mobile wireless service–which will run off Verizon’s network as well as Comcast’s network of WiFi hot spots–is remarkable, given that you’ll need to subscribe to Comcast Internet to use it. Also remarkable: how many details Comcast left out of its opening sales pitch for Xfinity Mobile. 

If you look at the comments, you’ll see a complaint from a reader that an accompanying chart didn’t list the correct price for Google’s Project Fi wireless service. That chart now lists the right rate–yes, I do try to read comments, and in this case I sent a quick note to my editors advising them of the error.

4/8/2017: April 8, 2017 — John Martellaro and Rob Pegoraro, Tech Night Owl

I returned to this podcast for the first time since August (had it really been that long?) to talk about Apple’s tepid gesture at transparency, Xfinity Mobile, and the state of broadband privacy and competition.