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Comcast Quietly Preps Challenge to Wireless Carriers

Google isn’t the only technology giant thinking of offering new mobile phone plans to unseat wireless giants.

The country’s largest cable operator, Comcast, is laying the groundwork for Wi-Fi-based wireless services just a few years after it abandoned plans to launch conventional mobile phone services over cellular airwaves. Comcast officials recently told people outside the company that it was considering a mobile phone service, which would rely on a combination of Wi-Fi and leased capacity on cellular networks.

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