Sept 8, 2010

Comcast Launches COMCAST4U Innovative SMS Text Messaging Features

Comcast is making it easier for customers to stay connected and manage their services, literally putting the answers and tools at their fingertips with the launch of COMCAST4U mobile SMS text service. An industry first, COMCAST4U (short code 266278) gives customers instant access to many of the most frequently requested account functions and more, using a simple text message from any mobile handset. COMCAST4U also allows customers to sign up to receive periodic alert messages about important service-related information. COMCAST4U even allows users to text a "CALLME" request to have a Comcast customer care representative call them back directly in just a few minutes. 

"We developed COMCAST4U using feedback we heard from our customers, who want more control of their own accounts and service requests, and who have grown to rely on the ease, convenience and immediacy of sending and receiving text messages to get information, entertainment and alerts," said Bill Connors, president, Comcast's East Division. "Then we added innovative features and functionality to take it a step further, so our customers can now communicate with us wherever, whenever and however they prefer." 
COMCAST4U is now available at no additional charge to Comcast customers in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, New Jersey and Northern Delaware. It will roll out nationally over the course of the next few months, with most customers expected to have access by the first half of 2011. Customers can easily sign up or deactivate at any time, as often as they like, and can set and manage their preferences from the COMCAST4U portal, located at http://text.comcast.com. Users simply register their mobile phone number through a quick and simple process and provide their Comcast account number to complete registration and personalize the services offered. Once registered, customers can text any of the following commands to quickly and conveniently get the information they want.  

Command

Response

NOW Provides a list of what's on TV at that point in time
PRIMETIME   Lists that night's primetime TV lineup
VOD   Offers highlights of On Demand content 
SPORTS  Delivers sports schedules and scores  
CALLME Places the customer in queue to receive a call back from Comcast 
BAL   Provides current account balance 
OUT   Advises if the address is experiencing a known service interruption  
HIT Sends a reset signal to equipment  
NOAPPT Allows customers to cancel scheduled service calls
LOC  Offers the address of the nearest payment center 

 

In addition, by registering for COMCAST4U, customers will receive periodic text messages providing updates and information about their Comcast products and services. For example:

    • Appointment Reminder - provides appointment details 24 hours in advance
    • Payment Confirmation - confirms a payment has been received and posted to an account
    • Service Alert Information - provides information on potential service interruptions
    • Account Due/Past Due - alerts the user when an account is past due or late

 

Comcast's Ongoing Commitment to Improving the Customer Experience
COMCAST4U is the latest in a growing list of innovations and applications Comcast is making available to its customers as part of its commitment to make it easier and more enjoyable to do business with the company.  Last year, Comcast announced a seven-point Comcast Customer Guarantee (http://www.comcast.com/guarantee), and launched several free iPhone and iTouch downloadable applications. In addition, Comcast has been deploying the latest and most innovative new technologies and systems to ensure its employees have the most effective tools at their fingertips to assist customers, including a new, automated diagnostic/troubleshooting portal; handheld devices and laptops; advanced remote monitoring tools; "Whole Home" diagnostic checks; and much more. COMCAST4U also represents yet another way a customer may choose to reach and interact with Comcast.  
"The launch of COMCAST4U is part of a broader commitment to, and investment in, cutting edge technology that allows for two-way, real-time communications with customers whereby we can monitor our network and communicate any changes, and they can reach out to us to get information and updates on their terms," added Connors. "This is just the beginning. We are already developing the next generation of COMCAST4U text messaging applications which will allow customers to do everything from a search programming options to track orders, or get the name, ETA and even a photo of a technician en route to their home - all from any mobile handset."

COMCAST4U is free to Comcast customers, and Comcast does not charge a fee to use this service, nor does it charge for text messages sent to the Comcast short code (266278) or for receipt of alerts. Standard text messaging rates may apply from a customer's respective wireless service provider. Any Comcast subscriber with an account in good standing in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, New Jersey and Northern Delaware is eligible to register as long as they have a mobile handset with the ability to send and receive text messages (a smartphone is not required). COMCAST4U is compatible with all major providers in the United States, including Alltel, AT&T, Boost, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon.

For an interactive demonstration of COMCAST4U, please visit http://text.comcast.com and click on any of the COMCAST4U features.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.2 million video customers, 16.4 million high-speed Internet customers, and 8.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net).  Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and, through Global Spectrum, manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.

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