Xfinity Mobile and Verizon Wireless actually use the same 4G and 5G networks. That means that the wireless data performance is, ideally, the same with both carriers. However, there are some important differences.
Because Xfinity Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), it doesn’t own its own cell phone towers. Instead, it leases the network bandwidth from Verizon to give its customers service. That means that Xfinity customers may experience slower speeds on the network, especially after they’ve used up their data allotment.
This is also true for Verizon Wireless’s cheaper unlimited plans (Unlimited Welcome and Unlimited Prepaid). On these plans, customers can have their data deprioritized when the network is busy.
So, how fast will your data be? When you’re not experiencing deprioritization or throttling, you should get around 30Mbps or more, depending on where you are.
One way that Xfinity compensated for its sometimes slower data speeds is with a huge network of internet hotspots. The company operates over a million of these hotspots throughout the country, and Xfinity Mobile customers can connect to them for free. When you’re connected, you don’t need to use your mobile data, and your speeds will likely be much faster.