Xfinity hotspots now require verification

I just transferred my number from a Moto G to a Moto E. It is now requiring me to verify with an Xfinity account.

Why did this start happening? I thought it was required to verify.

If you want to connect to an Xfinity Hotspot you have to be an Xfinity customer with a logon/password. I tend to ignore/forget Xfinity Hotspots (although I am an Xfinity customer with a logon/password, and even have the XFINITY WiFi Hotspots app installed).

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Thank you for the response. I realize Xfinity requires verification, but wasn’t sure because I bought a phone from Craigslist and it was wiped, but didn’t require verification to connect to the Xfinity hotspots.

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