I know better, but after spending a long, long time on the phone with the Comcast rep who assured me to no end that the new Xfinity Gateway modem would increase speeds as well as provide better wifi and phone, I finally did it. It's ok, I will probably save money on the local Fairpoint telephone service.
But the box came with no battery (must order for $35 extra or risk no 911 service, ok as I have cell phone) and there's no increase in bandwidth speed, in fact it is slightly slower on the tests I ran this AM after replacing it.
Anyway, it's not a bad switch so I'm not angry, but would have to agree with several other posters that the company lacks integrity. There was nothing wrong with my modem or my wifi router, nothing "end of life" about it.
Not serious enough to be angry about. But shareholders in Fairpoint should probably be upset about these tactics.