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Suddenlink vs. DISH: Which should you choose?
Figuring out which Internet, television, and phone services to opt-in for can get daunting. It seems there are so many options to choose from with a long list of pros and cons for each one. In this article, we will be focusing on the similarities and differences between Suddenlink and DISH. Hopefully, we will be able to help you get closer to deciding which service will best suit your needs.
What should I know?
Suddenlink and DISH both offer quick and efficient Internet, television, home phone, and mobile phone service. When taking a closer look at both, we realize the two have various similarities and differences. Suddenlink and DISH both offer speeds ranging from 100-1,000 Mbps. Suddenlink, however, does not have any contracts which means no early termination fees. They will even pay you $500 to buy you out of your current contract. As for DISH, they do have a two-year contract and early termination fees if you opt-out prematurely. In addition, their Internet services are offered through various partners, not directly from them.
How does the set-up process work?
Suddenlink offers free installations on there web deals and charges a one-time fee of $99 for all other scheduled professional installation. For Suddenlink, this fee includes installation of one outlet, as well as a $25 charge per additional outlets. This 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 DISH, the Installation is free, but you will need to opt in for the Hopper Duo DVR features for $5/month which includes a satellite receiver with the ability to support a second HD television with a Joey client in the house. Hopper Duo includes voice remote, Wi-Fi, Netflix, and several other apps and features. As for the Joey receiver, it connects to other televisions at home with the help of the Hopper to create a well-rounded entertainment experience without the need for a DVR in every room.
How is the Internet service?
Suddenlink offers a 200 Mbps Internet deal which costs $30 per month. If you are seeking faster Internet, you can opt for the 400 Mbps plan with unlimited data through Suddenlink for $40/month. Lastly, Suddenlink’s 1 Gig (940 Mbps) Unlimited plan is $50/month.
As for DISH, they do not offer Internet, but they do offer it through partners they work closely with. Their partners include CenturyLink, EarthLink, Frontier, Verizon, Kinetic by Windstream, Viasat, as well as HughesNet. These services require credit qualification and are billed separately from DISH. The Internet speeds vary based on location and service and are not guaranteed.
What are the Internet options?
Suddenlink services an estimated 6.8 million people in nineteen states. Both Suddenlink and DISH offer both cable and fiber, depending on where you live and what is available in your area. With DISH, whether you get cable or fiber will also depend on which partner you utilize for your Internet services since Internet will not be coming directly from them.
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.
DISH also has a variety of television packages to choose from. Their most affordable package includes 190 channels for $64.99/month, they also have one with over 190 channels for $79.99/month. Their “best value” includes 290+ channels for $89/month, and their highest priced option has 290+ channels for $99.99/month.
|Suddenlink TV Packages & Pricing||Xfinity TV Packages & Pricing|
|Core TV, 200+ channels for $58/month||190 channels for $64.99/month|
|Value TV, 225+ channels for $79.99/month||190+ channels for $79.99/month|
|Select TV, 290+ channels for $99.99/month||290 channels for $89.99/month|
|Premier TV, 340+ channels for $124.99/month||290+ channels for $99.99/month|
What home telephone services do they offer?
Suddenlink offers Internet and television bundles that include a home telephone option, which is usually the more affordable option. Otherwise, you can include a home phone option with any bundle for $29.95/month.
DISH does not offer any phone services on their own however, their partners (mentioned above) do offer a variety of options which would be billed separately from television services provided by DISH. The prices vary depending on the partner and your location.
Do they offer mobile phone plans?
Altice, the company that owns Suddenlink, offers a mobile service that starts at about $14/month per line. If you're interested in unlimited data, you opt-in for only $45/month per line. Altice Mobile offers a nationwide network with 5G access and no multi-line commitments.
DISH acquired Boost mobile in 2020, so that is the mobile phone service that they’re currently offering. Some plans that Boost mobile offers include 15GB for $45/month (now on sale for $35), 10GB a month for $35/month, or 5GB for $10/month for new customers only. All these plans include unlimited talk and text, as well as mobile hotspots. In addition, they announced in 2019 that they are currently building the first stand alone 5G network of its kind within the United States.
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 200, Basic TV (50+ channels) and Phone for $50/month, Internet 200, Core TV, and Phone for $60/month, Internet 400 Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $70/month, or Internet 1 Gig Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $80/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.
DISH offers a variety of Internet, television, and home phone bundles through their various partners. The partner chosen and the price varies depending on location and availability.
So which is the best deal?
Both Suddenlink and DISH offer various channels, mobile phone service, as well as Internet and Home phone services (when considering DISH’s partners). With all this information, it might be hard to decide which option is best for you. Below we have broken down information by individual category to help you decipher which options are the most favorable.
Internet: Suddenlink offers 400 Mbps with unlimited data for $40/month, as well as a variety of other affordable deals. DISH offers a variety of plans through partners, but it’s billed separately and complicates the process a bit.
Television: Suddenlink offers Core TV, consisting of 200+ channels for $58/month, whereas DISH offers 190 channels for $64.99/month
Home Telephone: Suddenlink lets you add a home phone option to any bundle for $29.95/month. DISH offers home phone options through their partners at varying costs.
Mobile: Altice Mobile offers phone lines starting at $14/month with no minimum requirement. Boost (acquired by DISH) offers 15GB for $45 a month, although it is currently on sale for $35/month.
Bundle: Suddenlink offers Internet 400 Mbps Unlimited Data, Core TV, and Phone for $70/month whereas with DISH can only add television and home phone services through their partners, all of which require a two year contract and a credit check.
We hope this information offered you some clarity on which services to go with!
*Data as of 07/07/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.