Comcast has announced a free mobile app for the iPhone to allow its customers access to all of the company’s “favorite” services, including a unified email inbox, visual voice mail, address book sync, TV listings, and trailers. One could almost image a Comcast product manager opening up his window and yelling “Can you hear me now, Verizon?”
More seriously, Comcast has bypassed normal politics by working with the iPhone/iPod touch — an AT&T-exclusive device — to provide a unified user interface, so a triple play customer can check email and even listen to voice mail in one combined in-box, manage voice mail and call logs, and get calls forwarded from a Comcast home phone to an iPhone and manage all those home phone details.
Universal address sync is cool, but you’d expect that sort of functionality from anyone who bought Plaxo.
For video junkies, the “what’s on TV” feature and the movie trailers are a nice little touch, and will keep someone who has 2 minutes of idle time on their hands entertained.
Perhaps the more interesting question is if/when Comcast rolls out other versions of this client to other platforms. An Android port shouldn’t be too touch, but are there enough ‘droid users to justify the work and support?