On our quarterly earnings call, our Chairman and CEO, Brian Roberts, announced something we have been working hard to achieve for some time – we have surpassed the 10 million Xfinity Voice customer milestone.
At Comcast, we’re not kidding when we talk about reinventing the telephone and creating an entirely new communications experience that is better attuned to our digital age. We saw an opportunity to leverage Voice over Internet Protocol technology to create a converged experience with both our Xfinity TV and Xfinity Internet services. Today, Xfinity Voice integrates standard phone features consumers have come to rely on with new advanced features consumers have learned to enjoy with their wireless smartphones and tablets.
Xfinity Voice is a great example of how Comcast uses the latest technology to create a unique communications experience that moves far beyond a basic phone call. For example, we recently introduced the ability for customers to make free phone calls using our Xfinity Connect mobile app (which has been downloaded more than 4 million times) on either a smartphone or tablet using WiFi. The app can be used to make free WiFi calls in the U.S. or even overseas. In addition, we offer households up to five phone numbers so each family member can have their own. Using their number, they can not only make and receive calls, but also send and receive text messages for free on WiFi. For parents with children, this feature can be a real money saver since they won’t have to sign up for a separate, new wireless plan.