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Comcast Unveils Free Text Messaging and Readable Voicemail Service

March 30, 2012

Comcast (News - Alert), a provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced the launch of Xfinity Voice, a new free text messaging feature that makes it easier for customers to communicate at home or on the go.

Xfinity Voice is an innovative and reliable IP-enabled service that delivers all features of a traditional phone service. The service, offered with Xfinity Voice Unlimited Nationwide plan, allows customers to enjoy free text messaging from the Xfinity Mobile app for Apple and Android (News - Alert)-powered smartphones, iPads and iPod touch devices.

Customers can use their home phone number to send and receive text messages. Text messaging also is available online via the Xfinity Connect Web portal, which also allows them to access email, voicemail, Twitter and Facebook (News - Alert), as well as Contacts, Calendar and DVR management.

Xfinity Voice makes it easier for customers to connect with friends and family on an array of mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. The service also gives them the ability to receive transcribed voicemail messages that can be read instantly and sent to multiple email addresses.

Messages can be read on any Internet-enabled device. Customers can also request an audio file of the voicemail as an attachment, which can be a convenient way to share a message with a group.

“Our customers are communicating in a variety of ways. We’re bringing millions of Xfinity Voice customers free access to innovative features that have typically been associated either with their wireless plans or with business use,” said Cathy Avgiris (News - Alert), executive vice president and general manager, Data and Communications Services, Comcast, in a statement.

Xfinity Voice offers digital-quality phone service with unlimited direct-dial local and domestic long-distance calling, Web access to voicemail, E911 service, and 12 popular calling features. It offers a variety of International calling plans. The service integrates other Comcast services like universal caller ID, which displays calls on your TV, PC, tablet, smartphone or cordless phone.

The service is available in more than three dozen countries including China, Brazil, Canada and, soon, Mexico, all for free as part of Xfinity Voice, with more countries to be added soon.  

In another related development in text messaging, recently ICAP Patent Brokerage, a leading intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, announced   it is offering a patented technology from Bulletin.net, Inc., which allows for cloud-based two-way SMS messaging.

The technology discloses a technique that enables two-way SMS text message communication between Web applications and mobile devices by using a Web-hosted SMS Gateway (News - Alert) for connecting IP applications to the global wireless network and transmitting messages to and from mobile devices.  

Edited by Stefanie Mosca
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