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Cox vs Frontier
May 6, 2022
Choosing an internet provider can be difficult. Some of us don’t get a choice, while others have to choose between leading providers like Cox and Frontier. If we compare Cox vs. Frontier, which one comes out ahead?
If internet speed and reliability matter the most to you, I’d recommend choosing Cox. But if you are on a budget, you might want to consider Frontier — particularly if you live in an area served by the company's fiber network rather than its slower DSL network.
Although Cox’s availability is scattered in pockets throughout the United States, they still offer service to 18 states. If you’re in the military, you’ll see Cox internet a lot: Cox serves areas around major military bases like Norfolk Naval Base and Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) in San Diego.
Frontier offers DSL internet service in 26 states and serves 10 million more people than Cox. Unfortunately, their faster, more reliable service, Frontier FiberOptic, is only available in four states.
Cox offers advertised speeds of up to 940 Mbps, and its real-world speeds tend to edge out Frontier's in most areas where the two ISPs compete. Frontier holds its own in areas where the ISP is able to offer its fiber network, which allows for faster speeds than older DSL technology.
I have Frontier now, but I’m also a former Cox customer: I had Cox when I was stationed in Virginia. Cox is one of the only internet providers with which I’ve never experienced an outage or buffering problems. Cox customers are more satisfied than Frontier’s, and, if they’re like me, internet performance plays a large part in that satisfaction. While Cox’s internet speed was able to handle having more guests in my apartment than the fire marshall would have liked, the internet price got to me.
Fiber internet used to be the most expensive kind of internet, but Frontier’s fiber prices prove that’s a thing of the past. Cox's high-end plans aren't always as cheap. However, when you compare the low end of each provider's offerings, you'll find a few Cox internet deals that edge out Frontier's offerings.
Professional installation: $100
Equipment rental fee: $10.99 per month
Equipment delivery fee: $9.99
Professional installation: $75
Equipment rental fee: $10 per month
Although Cox has cheaper setup fees, you could save more money with Frontier in the long run. With both ISPs, you can save a bit of money every month by buying your own modem and router rather than paying to rent the equipment. With that said, there's a good reason to pay Cox's equipment rental fee: Cox's Panoramic Wi-Fi modem/router device is very impressive, and the rental fee covers free updates, upgrades when necessary, and technical support.
While Frontier has some solid budget-friendly options, they are no match for Cox. Cox is fast, reliable, and offers really exceptional value at a few different price points. Its customers are generally more satisfied than Frontier's, and that matches our experience in reviewing the two ISPs.
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