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Comcast launches wi-fi service

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Customers of Comcast's Xfinity internet service now can get access to dozens of the company's Wi-Fi hotspots in Evanston for no additional charge.

Company also offers limited free sampling of the service for non-customers.

There are about 50 hotspots for the service in Evanston and more than 1,000 across the Chicago metro area.

The program is a response to wireless internet services offered by mobile phone carriers that can cost $50 a month or more.

“People use the Internet on the go all the time, but wireless data plans can be expensive and megabytes can add up fast,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior vice president, in a news release.  “Now Comcast has made it possible for our Xfinity Internet customers to access high-speed Internet service via WiFi when they’re on the go at no additional charge.“

Free access to the service will be available to anyone from today through Thursday, July 4, after that, non-customers will be offered two complimentary 60-minute sessions per month.

In a test of a hotspot near Evanston Now's office this morning, we found that the service worked, though with a relatively slow 1Mbps speed.

You can lookup the available hotspot locations online. Some are located indoors, and others at outdoor locations, including public parks.

For more information, call 1-800-XFINITY or visit www.xfinity.com/WiFi.  Small and medium-sized businesses interested in installing hotspots for their customers’ use can call 1-800-501-6000 or visit www.business.comcast.com.

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