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Comcast vs Frontier
August 26, 2020
Get Xfinity if you want budget pricing, strong Internet download speeds, and flexible plan terms. Go with Frontier if you're in one of their Fios service areas, where their HD channel listings are hard to beat.
In this comparison, we’ll be taking a look at the similarities and differences between Xfinity and Frontier Communications.
Xfinity offers a comprehensive TV and internet service with an extensive on-demand library.
Frontier Communications offers a viable option for the budget-conscious buyer, while still delivering a quality service.
Each service has its pros and cons, and we’ll get into some major differences below to help you get a better sense of which provider is right for you.
In general, you’ll find that Xfinity is the more premium option when compared to Frontier Communications. Unfortunately, this premium service does not come without its drawbacks. Higher prices, a mandatory contract in most situations, and fewer entertainment options than Frontier hold back what would otherwise be a comprehensive provider.
Frontier falls behind Xfinity in terms of features in most categories, but it makes up for this drawback by offering much less expensive deals. Add to that the fact that many plans are available without a contract, and it’s easy to see the benefits of opting for Frontier service.
When deciding between two internet providers, it’s important to discuss the differences between the two companies’ networks. There are some major differences in the network setups between Xfinity and Frontier communications that can greatly affect the speed and reliability of your internet.
Xfinity provides cable internet in most areas. This internet is delivered through the coaxial cable that provides television service to your home, and is widely regarded as one of the fastest internet connections available. While recent advancements in technology put fiber optic connections as king when it comes to data transmission, cable still offers the potential for some serious speeds.
Frontier Communications, on the other hand, is still using DSL in a lot of areas. DSL, or a Digital Subscriber Line, is a high-speed internet option that uses copper telephone lines to deliver content. Unlike dial-up, however, DSL won’t tie up your line, and offers dramatically improved speeds.
DSL is generally a slower connection than cable, which puts Xfinity ahead when it comes to network performance. In a few locations, Frontier does offer cable and even “Fios” fiber service over networks they acquired from Verizon, but they lack the cable coverage that Xfinity offers.
Both Xfinity and Frontier Communications offer bundled services in the form of double play and triple play options.
Xfinity generally has better bundle deals, so if you’re looking to purchase multiple services they’re probably the better option.
Keep in mind that even bundled deals from Comcast may still be more expensive than Frontier’s service. This tradeoff is more than worth it, however, considering the more comprehensive plans offered.
In terms of TV coverage, Frontier offers more channels with the more expensive plans. The service is also more available for viewers in rural areas, as Frontier offers multiple delivery options rather than just cable. TV only customers may be best suited with Frontier.
Xfinity offers more comprehensive options for sports. Their packages cover more sports, and the DVR features allow fans to track multiple games and events to make sure they’re never missing out on the action.
Xfinity offers the X1 DVR for an additional monthly fee which has a lot of great features. With up to 500 GB of storage, the ability to record 4 shows at a time, preloaded programming, and access to your favorite apps like Facebook, the system is difficult to beat.
Frontier Communications offers a slightly more basic DVR. The device allows you to watch your shows in multiple rooms and record up to 4 shows, but lacks a lot of the features of the premium X1 model from Xfinity.
As far as internet equipment goes, both providers allow you to either rent equipment for an additional monthly fee, or to buy your own setup.
Xfinity comes out on top in terms of internet speeds, with an extensive cable network that’s far more capable than Frontier’s DSL options. Add to that the fact that the provider offers comprehensive sports options and it’s clear that Xfinity has a major advantage.
While Xfinity is certainly the more premium option in most situations, Frontier offers service at a variety of price points that are generally much lower. The fact that a lot of service is available without a contract is also a key advantage, allowing you to experience their service with no obligations.
Installation for both companies is pretty similar, and basically just involves hooking up your equipment.
Frontier’s setup ranges from free to around $75 depending on your plan, while Xfinity costs around $90. Because Xfinity requires contracts, however, it’s often possible to get an installation fee waived in exchange for signing up for service.
Both Xfinity and Frontier have their benefits and drawbacks, but the huge difference between the two providers in terms of available internet speeds is enough for us to rate Comcast as the winner.
While Frontier offers more TV channels and budget prices, these perks are not enough to make up for the fact that the provider still uses DSL in the majority of areas.
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