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You Can Now Get Comcast TV and Internet Service Through Amazon (fortune.com) 97

An anonymous reader writes from a Fortune article: Comcast has struck a big online retail partnership. The media conglomerate has begun selling its Xfinity TV, phone, and Internet services through Amazon. Comcast's service bundles are available through Amazon.com's recently debuted Amazon Cable Store. Comcast customers have long complained about the company's shoddy customer service. "Xfinity purchases made on Amazon are supported by a dedicated team of highly trained Comcast customer service agents who are based in Comcast's new, state-of-the-art call centers in Spokane, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona," Comcast wrote in a blog post. According to Cable Store FAQ, users will have to go through Comcast directly if they want to make any changes to their existing plan.
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You Can Now Get Comcast TV and Internet Service Through Amazon

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  • by Darth Twon ( 2832799 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:15PM (#51754051)
    I didn't realize there was such a thing.
  • by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:15PM (#51754055) Homepage Journal
    Does that mean that English is their first language, and they've memorized the script they insist on them sticking to, instead of just having it in front of them at all times? Is it actual people now and not some chat-bot regurgitating pre-written responses?
    • Highly trained chat-bot?

    • No. It means what it reads. Use your grammar.

      Thoroughly means that something is done in a thorough manner. Gladly means that something is done while someone is glad.

      Thus highly trained means they were trained while being high.

  • I can't deal with DSL anymore, and the only other (better) game in my town is Xfinity/Comcast. I have no love for either them (or Verizon), but 25MB sounds a lot better than 3GB. But I think I'm SOL here where signing up through Amazon is concerned because I already have a Comcast account.. for cableTV. If I click on "existing customer", the Add Service button gets disabled. Ah well.
    • by unrtst ( 777550 )

      ...but 25MB sounds a lot better than 3GB.

      Speak for yourself :-)
      I suspect you mean 25Mbit/s versus 3Mbit/s.

  • Comcast complaints? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:24PM (#51754173) Homepage Journal

    Firstly, I don't think "agents not being in a new or high-tech call center" is one of the complaints people have about Comcast.

    Secondly, Comcast is well known [slate.com] for not allowing customers to terminate the service.

    After purchasing the service through Amazon, will you be able to terminate the service?

    The fact that it's through Amazon means nothing if you're still routed to Comcast customer service.

    It'll still be (*) Comcastic!

    (*) Remember the old meme "he's so $something, when you look it up in the dictionary there's a picture of him"? Comcast is so bad, they've got an entry [urbandictionary.com] in the urban dictionary. That's sayin' something!

  • [...] highly trained Comcast customer service agents [...]

    Does this mean that the field tech won't be installing the bypass filter backwards in the box and blocking Internet service for a month while the customer service agent denies that the problem existed because everything worked fine on their end?

    My roommate and I went through that. Every time a Comcast truck drove through the neighborhood, we knew our Internet service would get impacted. Bloody bastards.

  • Can anyone actually qualify for a package? I get "We're sorry but this package isn't available in your area. Please select another package."

    On pretty much every choice i make. Plugging in random area codes...

    • They don't want to sell it.

      Jeez, it's like TV is hard or something. Amazon already has video streaming services. If you have Amazon Prime, you probably already have internet service. If you're browsing for TV it's unlikely you want to also change your existing internet service. And yet they're still pushing their own Oldthink contract-based nonsense.

      • by H3lldr0p ( 40304 )

        It's not that they don't want to sell it. It's that they only want to sell so much of it.

        Don't forget that all cable providers are getting charged by the content providers based on the number households that are subscribed to those channels. In fact, there are probably tiers of cost in the agreements. So it makes sense that they want to cut off at a certain point to preserve as much profit as possible. We already know that telecommunication companies are notoriously cost adverse they'd rather let infrastruc

    • by Stray1 ( 862245 )

      Update: I talked to the online chat, and asked why I couldn't find anything available in my area (Boston MA, Brookline MA) they told me i need to call Comcast to see if my address is eligible. so much for customer service.

      Ridiculous.

    • by leonbev ( 111395 )

      Yeah, it says that only the 25 mbps service is available in my zip code. That's not true, since I can get the 115 mbps service from the Xfinity site.

      Still, I like the idea of having a one stop shop for getting cable service. This new amazon cable site might actually be useful for price shopping once it gets a few more providers.

    • by b0bby ( 201198 )

      I had to choose No Term rather than 1 Year to start seeing choices.

  • According to Cable Store FAQ, users will have to go through Comcast directly if they want to make any changes to their existing plan.

    Well, that's special... new customers get top notch service. Long time customers (10+year customer here) relegated to same old.

    • by Stray1 ( 862245 )

      Agreed, My assumption is that these deals online are things a current customer cant get anyways.

    • Finally somewhere that Comcast is not below industry standard. They don't really care anything about existing customers, just like everyone else.
  • You Can Now Get Comcast TV and Internet Service Through Amazon

    When you put "Comcast TV" first, I had a vain hope that TV programming would be offered through the Amazon video streaming service. But no.

    I don't even know what Comcast TV carries, but there's likely some news and sports content I can't get without a non-free TV subscription. I mean, I don't need these, per se, but it would round out the non-free and free content we already receive through Amazon Prime. Maybe Netflix or Hulu will cotton on to this idle demand.

    Waiting...

    • Yes! For a moment my foolish mind imagined all Xfinity channels streaming in HD over Amazon Prime for like, what, $9/mo? Plus free shipping on all Amazon purchases?!!??

      Then, reality checked-in like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist. Fuck you, Comcast. They suck harder than a black hole, within which all information of your account requests are destroyed and no fees or customer services can escape.

  • by Kunedog ( 1033226 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:35PM (#51754321)

    According to Cable Store FAQ, users will have to go through Comcast directly if they want to make any changes to their existing plan.

    Wow, could it be any redder of a flag that a company famous for thwarting attempts to cancel service [youtube.com] wants to insert itself between customers and Amazon (a company known for oozing convenience) at the critical moment when they want to make a change?

    • by b0bby ( 201198 )

      Since that's on the FAQ for Existing Xfinity Customers page, my reading of it is that you can't just switch over to the Amazon service if you're a current customer, you'd still have to deal with Comcast directly. So I'd hope that any changes as an Amazon customer would be through them.

  • by Thelasko ( 1196535 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:43PM (#51754415) Journal
    I priced out the services I have now. I would save $2/month ordering through Amazon. The thing is, I had to call and argue with customer service to get the rate I have now. They wanted to charge me $50/month more if I didn't call and threaten to cancel. If I don't have to deal with that frustration anymore, this service is priceless.
    • by jtmach ( 958490 )
      Except for you most likely will have to still do the dance every year. For me every option says that the price goes up after 12 months regardless of if you select to have a contract or not.
  • New service! Send your paychecks to Amazon directly, and suckle off of the warm, soothing teat of Big Mama Amazon. Why waste time spending money with reputable, responsible companies? Just send it all to Amazon because hey, who really gives a shit?
  • by b0bby ( 201198 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @01:59PM (#51754567)

    Does anyone know how the "No term" thing works? I see the following options for 25mpbs:
            $34.99/month for the first 12 months
            $49.99/month after 12 months
            $69.95/month after 24 months
      Could I just switch to the 10mbps plan after 2 years & stay at $50? For my purposes 10mbps is fine really. I would really rather not deal with Comcast directly.

    • by Ksevio ( 865461 )
      I've been with them for the no contract plans for a while. It's basically an agreement that they'll keep the rate fixed for that time, but you have no obligation to stay with them or that plan so you're free to switch plans at any time.
  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @02:06PM (#51754633)

    "They told me to fuck off must faster than usual," said one customer.

    "I didn't even have to wait on hold forever for them to tell me they couldn't help me," said another.

  • How long will Comcast be willing to suffer the terrible ratings that Amazon customers will inevitably give to Xfinity signup? Hundreds of thousands of one star ratings and incendiary customer complaints?

    That wealth of ill will will invite coordinated interstate legal action, like a cross country class action lawsuit. Then Comcast will quickly take action to suppress this, probably by withdrawing the service from Amazon entirely, or by reissuing the product under an oft-changing banner, in order to erase a

    • How long will Comcast be willing to suffer the terrible ratings that Amazon customers will inevitably give to Xfinity signup? Hundreds of thousands of one star ratings and incendiary customer complaints?

      Why would they care? You don't think Amazon will do anything, do you?

      I just bought a new, unlocked cell phone through Amazon, and the first vendor sent me a refurb, test unit phone that still had the manufacturer usage collection software installed on it -- and it could not be turned off because it was a test unit belonging to the manufacturer.

      The vendor told me to send the phone back to them at their address. At my expense. Without telling Amazon. And hope I got my money back.

      I'd call that fraud. Amaz

      • How long will Comcast be willing to suffer the terrible ratings that Amazon customers will inevitably give to Xfinity signup? Hundreds of thousands of one star ratings and incendiary customer complaints?

        Why would they care? You don't think Amazon will do anything, do you?

        I just bought a new, unlocked cell phone through Amazon, and the first vendor sent me a refurb, test unit phone that still had the manufacturer usage collection software installed on it -- and it could not be turned off because it was a test unit belonging to the manufacturer.

        The vendor told me to send the phone back to them at their address. At my expense. Without telling Amazon. And hope I got my money back.

        I'd call that fraud. Amazon calls that "ho hum".

        I presume there is more to the story than you are sharing? Because this appears to be a story of "I bought through Amazon, had an issue with a vendor, and never contacted Amazon... so Amazon sucks".

        • Because this appears to be a story of "I bought through Amazon, had an issue with a vendor, and never contacted Amazon...

          Oh, for heaven's sake. Of course I contacted Amazon. I did the return through them. Did you imagine that I was going to just keep the stolen phone and not get my money back? I told them what was going on. And their response? Nothing.

          How can I know what Amazon calls that unless I told them about it? Stop being insulting.

          • Because this appears to be a story of "I bought through Amazon, had an issue with a vendor, and never contacted Amazon...

            Oh, for heaven's sake. Of course I contacted Amazon. I did the return through them. Did you imagine that I was going to just keep the stolen phone and not get my money back? I told them what was going on. And their response? Nothing.

            How can I know what Amazon calls that unless I told them about it? Stop being insulting.

            I'm not trying to be insulting, I just didn't see any of that information in your post... and was very confused about why you were blaming Amazon.

            My personal experience has been pretty good customer service from Amazon, but I never dealt with returns to any third party sellers.

            • I'm not trying to be insulting, I just didn't see any of that information in your post..

              Yes, you are trying to be insulting, and you would have assumed I contacted Amazon because I wouldn't just keep the phone and be out the $450 had you not been.

              My personal experience has been pretty good customer service from Amazon,

              Customer service from Amazon is fine. I didn't say otherwise. (Well, except for the problem of them promising "second day delivery" as part of Prime membership and then stuff not arriving until day three or four -- because it's "by 8PM" delivery to a commercial address, and they include "arrived at the local post office by 8PM" when it's a USPS deliv

    • There will be an arbitration clause where you "agree" to sign away to right to sue, and instead must go to an "impartial" arbitrator. Thank your crooked Congresscritter for that.

  • Amazon is changing it's logo from a smile to a scowl...
  • Excludes Equipment leasing | Installation charges (if applicable) | Taxes and fees

    Comcast adds in all kinds of bullshit fees to make that nice looking price end up being far higher in reality.

    Our CEO needs new toilet paper fee $1.00
    Executive lunch reimbursement fee $4.00
    No competition in your area fee $6.95

  • You can now order Comcast TV and Internet Service...

    FTFY

    • by tnk1 ( 899206 )

      You can now pay for Comcast TV and Internet Service...

      FTFY

      Why so jaded?

      I assume that they will be very efficient about accepting your payments.

  • That was the good news. The bad news is that its still Xfinity service, with Xfinity support and more than likely Xfinity TOU.

  • ...because I think it might actually serve as a wake-up call to Comcast if there were a public litany of how much of an utter shitshow Comcast's operational processes are. Maybe. Possibly. Okay, so maybe nothing short of the moon cracking open to reveal an angry alien race personally calling Comcast to the mat over their bullshit will do that, but we're still allowed to dream, aren't we?
  • Amazon's promising that the tech support won't be on commission so there won't be the incentive to up-sell on support calls.
  • Cable store? I don't understand, what's there to shop? You either have Comcast, or you have some other cable provider. Is there such a place anywhere in US where you can choose from more than one cable provider? What's the point of this? Does Amazon offer something that you can't get through Crapcast?... I mean, Comcrap.

  • You know how they say, "This changes everything"? Well, this doesn't.
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  • ...when it is not available nationwide? "We're sorry but this package isn't available in your area. Please select another package." That applies to ALL their packages. So why offer this service when they avoid any and all competition?

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