Is There An Xfinity/Comcast Senior Discount?
To avoid confusion, note that Comcast’s cable television, internet, telephone, and wireless service subdivision is called Xfinity.
Strictly speaking, it appears that there is no Comcast senior discount for phone, internet, or TV services. However, there is a low-cost internet plan called Internet Essentials.
You may qualify for Internet Essentials if you:
- Are eligible for public assistance programs, like SSI, SNAP, Medicaid, Housing Assistance, or the National School Lunch Program.
- Live in an area where Comcast internet service is available.
- Currently are not an Xfinity customer and have not subscribed to Comcast internet within the last 90 days.
- Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old. Families that have an outstanding debt that is more than 1 year old may still be eligible.
Internet Essentials includes the following features:
- 50/5 Mbps (download/upload) internet for $9.95 per month, plus tax. The speed of Internet Essentials used to be 25/3 Mbps, but Comcast increased it to 50/5 in early 2021. Earlier – in March 2020, to be precise – Comcast had raised Internet Essentials speed from a very modest 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps.
- No activation or equipment rental fees.
- In-home Wi-Fi at no additional cost.
- Access to Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Access to free internet training online, in print, and in person.
- Option to buy a computer for $149.99, plus tax.
To apply for Internet Essentials, do the following:
- Gather documentation related to any public assistance programs you participate in.
- Visit https://apply.internetessentials.com/ and submit your application.
- Wait for notification of approval from Comcast.
Note that even if you meet the four points listed earlier, there is no 100% guarantee that you will qualify for Internet Essentials.
If your application is approved, Comcast should set up your internet in 5 to 7 business days after approval. You may need to install and configure internet equipment yourself.
Any Other Ways To Save With Comcast/Xfinity?
Comcast may be offering other ways to save in your service area – make sure to check out the Xfinity website for more info.
For starters, if you are interested in just internet, check out internet deals available in your area. Deals may vary by location, so make sure to enter your home address to see relevant info.
If you want internet plus TV and phone, you should check out bundle deals available in your area. Bundles typically save you money, so if possible, buy internet + phone + TV plans. But don’t buy a bundle if you don’t need the extra services.
Xfinity has more offers over here – again, make sure to select your home address to see relevant deals. On the left-hand side of the page, choose the services that you want to include in your package. You will be presented bundle options based on your selection.
Note that some deals may require you to:
- Sign a 1- or 2-year agreement.
- Enable automatic payments and paperless billing.
- Purchase an extra service, like Xfinity Mobile.
If you still aren’t sure what you need, try the Find My Deal questionnaire. Once you complete the questionnaire, Comcast will offer to you what it thinks is the best deal based on your answers.
Interesting facts about Comcast:
- In 2018, Comcast was the 5th largest telecommunication company in the world by revenue, with 83.66 billion euro (85.82 billion adjusted for inflation as of March 18, 2021, or about 102.50 billion USD as of March 18, 2021). The largest telecom company in 2018 was AT&T, with 151.2 billion euro in revenues (155.10 billion euro adjusted for inflation as of March 18, 2021, or about 185.17 billion USD).
- In 1997, Microsoft invested $1 billion in Comcast to “enhance Comcast’s deployment of high-speed data and video services via its cable delivery network”. In 2009, Microsoft cashed out its stake, which at the time was valued from $1.97 to $3.4 billion, depending on when exactly Microsoft sold the shares.
- Comcast was among the bidders for the Harry Potter property in a 2007 auction. Disney was one of Comcast’s rivals at the auction, but it reportedly passed on the property because author J.K. Rowling wanted creative control.
Comcast also has a YouTube channel.
Below are some videos that can be found on it: