Suddenlink vs. Xfinity: Which one should you go with?
Researching all your possible options for Internet, telephone and mobile phone services can be an overwhelming task. It seems that there are so many to choose from! Fortunately, we have done the work and gathered some useful information pertaining to both Suddenlink and Xfinity to help you compare what both these service providers have to offer.
What should I know?
Suddenlink and Xfinity are both highly renowned and recognized for delivering reliable and quick services to homes and businesses alike. Our research of both Suddenlink and Xfinity revealed that both have similar Internet speed options, ranging from 100-2,000 Mbps. Also, they both offer unlimited data. Suddenlink has no contracts which means that there are no early termination fees, either. Suddenlink is even willing to spend $500 to buy you out of your current contract. Xfinity, however, has various plans that require a 1 or 2-year commitment.
What is the set-up process like?
Suddenlink offers free installation through several of their web deals. For others, they charge a one-time fee of $99 for a scheduled professional installation. For Suddenlink, this fee includes installation of one outlet, plus an applicable charge of $25 per additional outlets. The installation includes one device set up wirelessly and the installation of up to two set-top boxes. This installation does not include any hardwiring of devices. If you choose to upgrade to the premium install, the price increases to $149 and includes local hardwiring for one of the following (TV, computers, gaming, and alarm systems). This premium option allows customers to have all their available devices set up wirelessly and they can get three or more set-top boxes installed.
As for Xfinity, they charge $89.99 for the professional installation which requires a cable line to be installed in your house if you’ve never had Xfinity service there before. If you have had Xfinity service at your home before, but not within the last 12 months, the technician will check on the existing cable line to make sure it’s still delivering a signal. If you’re not interested in taking that route, you can pay $29.95 for the self-installation kit. The self-installation can be done online, in-person, or over the phone.
How is the Internet Quality and Speed?
Suddenlink offers a 100 Mbps Internet deal which costs $30 per month. If you are seeking faster Internet, you can opt for the 400 Mbps plan for $50/month. Suddenlink’s quickest option is 1 Gig (940 Mbps) for $70/month. Xfinity has a wide array of options, ranging from 25 Mbps ($19.99/month), 60 Mbps ($39.99/month), 200 Mbps ($70/month), 300 Mbps ($80/month), 600 Mbps ($60/month), 1000 Mbps ($84.99/month) and 2000 Mbps for ($299.95/month).
|-||25 Mbps for $19.99/month|
|-||60 Mbps for $39.99/month|
|100 Mbps for $30/month||200 Mbps for $70/month|
|400 Mbps for $50/month||300 Mbps for $80/month|
|-||600 Mbps for $60/month|
|940 Mbps for $70/month||1000 Mbps for $84.99/month|
|-||2000 Mbps for $299.95/month|
What are the Internet options?
Suddenlink services an estimated 6.8 million people in nineteen states, offering both cable and fiber. Xfinity services 112.4 million people in 40 states, but only offers cable. Fiber differs from cable because cable is sent through copper TV lines whereas fiber is made of plastic and mainly used for Internet services. Fiber is typically preferred because it provides high-bandwidth connections, while also allowing for quick upload times. Fiber is also less likely to slow-down to high traffic. It should be noted that Fiber is not available in every location.
What are the television options?
Suddenlink offers several television options such as Core TV, consisting of 200+ channels for $58/month, Value TV which includes 225+ channels for $79.99/month. Select TV which has 290+ channels for $99.99/month and lastly Premier TV which offers 340+ channels plus HBO Max for $124.99/month.
|Suddenlink TV Packages||Price|
|Core TV with 200+ channels||$58/month|
|Value TV with 225+ channels||$79.99/month|
|Select TV with 290+ channels||$99.99/month|
|Premier TV with 340+ channels||$124.99/month|
Xfinity offers Choice Limited TV with 10+ channels for $30/month This option includes HD service, TV and movie streaming, as well as the option to add flexible channel packs. There is also the limited basic package which also has 10+ channels for $46.95/month. It includes local channels such as NBC, CNN and Fox as well as the Xfinity stream app. Some of the larger packages that Xfinity offers include the Extra package which consists of 140+ channels for $67.27/month, the Digital Preferred package which has 220+ channels for $69.99/month, and Digital Premier which includes 260+ channels for $89.99/month.
|Xfinity TV Packages||Price|
|Choice Limited TV with 10+ channels||$30.00/month|
|Limited basic package with 10+ channels, local channels and Xfinity streaming app||$46.95/month|
|Extra package with 140+ channels||$67.27|
|Digital Preferred with 220+ channels||$69.99/month|
|Digital Premier with 260+ channels||$89.99/month|
What home telephone services do they offer?
Suddenlink offers Internet and television bundles that include a home telephone option, which is typically the more affordable route. Otherwise, you can add a home phone option to any bundle for $29.95/month.
Xfinity offers Xfinity Voice, which consists of two options. The first one is unlimited calling nationwide, which also allows you to make calls to nearly half the world and costs $29.99/month for the first 12-months with no agreement. The second option is unlimited local calls. Xfinity promotes that this option has the best call clarity and includes a free self-install kit and shipping for $34.95/month with no term agreement.
What are the different types of bundles?
Suddenlink offers single service plans for television, Internet, and phone as well as various bundles. Options include Internet 100, Core TV, and Phone for $60/month, Internet 400 Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $80/month, or Internet 1 Gig Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $100/month. All these Core TV bundles include 200+ channels. In addition, they have bundles to choose from that include only two services in case you are not interested in Internet, TV, and a home phone.
Xfinity offers a wide variety of bundles that allow you to mix-and-match Internet, TV, Phone and Home Security options. If you’re only interested in phone and Internet, you can get the $59.99/month package which includes unlimited nationwide calling (as well as to nearly half the world) with 100 Mbps Internet. If you would rather a package that includes just phone and television, you can choose the $79.99/month package which offers 140+ channels and allows for unlimited calls to everywhere mentioned above. If you decide you don’t need a home phone but would prefer Internet and TV, their options range from 10-245+ channels with Internet speeds ranging from 100 to 800 Mbps. These packages typically range from $49.99-$139.99/month. If you want all three (Internet, television and phone), you can choose from a large variety of packages ranging from 200-1200 Mbps Internet, 130-245+ channels ranging from $89.99-$149.99/month. Lastly, if you are interested in Home Security, you can opt-in for it for $40 or $50/month. It is $10 more if you want to opt-in to having 24/7 video recording. Additionally, there are plenty of options that allow you to combine home security with home phone, television, and packages ranging in Internet speeds and television channels.
How do Altice Mobile and Xfinity mobile phone plans work?
Altice, the company that owns Suddenlink, offers a mobile service that starts at about $14/month per line. They also offer an unlimited data plan for $45/month. They offer a nationwide network with 5G access and no multi-line commitments.
Xfinity offers various mobile plans dependent on how much data you need. Their plans start at $15/GB but decreases in price if you choose to commit to more data. For example, you can get 3 GB for $30/month or 10 GB for $60/month. If you’re interested in unlimited data, you get 5G access for $45/month.
So, which is the best deal?
Both Suddenlink and Xfinity have a wide variety of services and bundles to choose from. They offer quick and reliable Internet, versatile channels, and well as efficient home telephone and mobile phone services at reasonable costs. Of all the different options we discussed, the ones below stood out most as being the best deals.
Internet: Suddenlink offers 400 Mbps with unlimited data for $50/month. Xfinity offers 200 Mbps for $70/month.
Television: Suddenlink offers Core TV, consisting of 200+ channels for $58/month, whereas Xfinity offers. Xfinity offers 140+ channels for $67.27/month.
Home Telephone: Suddenlink lets you add a home phone option to any bundle for $29.95/month. Xfinity offers unlimited calling nationwide for $29.99/month or unlimited local calls for $34.95/month.
Mobile: Altice Mobile offers phone lines starting at $14/month with no minimum requirement, as well as unlimited data for $45/month. Xfinity offers $15 per GB or $30 for 3 GB.
Home Security: Suddenlink does not offer Home Security as part of their bundles but Xfinity does offer this option.
Bundle: Suddenlink offers Internet 400 Mbps Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $80/month whereas Xfinity’s home phone, television, and Internet bundles start at a minimum of $89.99/month.
We hope this article offered you some clarity on which services you should opt-in for! Good luck and happy shopping!
*Data as of 03/17/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.