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8 / 10  Review Rating

For a while, CenturyLink offered one of the best internet deals of all providers. I’ve noticed a few providers (like Optimum) have adopted CenturyLink’s Price for Life deal, but I’ve always preferred the original. Unfortunately, CenturyLink’s best deal is reserved for plans with speeds of up to 100 Mbps. I get by with my 100 Mbps plan, but working from home is making me realize I may need a faster plan.

CenturyLink’s second-best deal is more geared towards parents, and it may well be worth choosing CenturyLink if you’re searching for award-winning parental control software. Whether you’re a parent or not, it’s hard to compete with CenturyLink’s low-priced internet deals.

CenturyLink Internet Deals for New Customers

CenturyLink’s Price for Life deal is available to all new customers. The monthly rate is $49 per month no matter what plan you choose, and that rate will be locked in for as long as you keep your plan. The only catch with the Price for Life deal is that it’s limited to plans with speeds of no more than 100 Mbps. However, new customers can also get CenturyLink’s Fiber Gigabit plan for $65, which is one of the lowest-priced fiber gigabit plans available (especially if you have to choose between CenturyLink and Cox).

CenturyLink Internet Deals for Existing Customers

Something that truly sets CenturyLink apart is that they offer existing customers the same deals as new customers. If your plan costs more than any of the new customer deals, just call CenturyLink to get a better deal.

CenturyLink also offers existing customers a type of deal I’ve never seen from any other provider. If you’re a parent looking for parental control software, I think you’ll like this: CenturyLink customers get a 20% discount on Bark. Bark allows parents to monitor screen time, add parental filters, and track their child’s location with the Bark Jr plan. Parents and school districts use Bark’s more comprehensive plan to get alerts about cyberbullying, potential online predators, and other online threats via Bark’s monitoring system.

CenturyLink Internet Only Plans & Pricing

CenturyLink’s internet pricing is pretty straightforward: You either pay $49 or $65 per month. The Price for Life pricing is great considering most plans I’ve seen cost around $50-60 after the promotional period ends. And while there’s no locked-in price for the Gigabit Internet price, you could always renew the deal if your price increases.

Plan Connection Type Speed Price
Gigabit Internet Fiber Up to 940 Mbps $65/month
Price For Life Internet 100 Fiber Up to 100 Mbps $49/month
Price For Life Internet 40 DSL Up to 40 Mbps $49/month
Price For Life Internet 20 Fixed Wireless Up to 20 Mbps $49/month
Price For Life Internet 10 DSL Up to 10 Mbps $49/month

CenturyLink internet plans are what I expect to see from a DSL and fiber internet provider. Most DSL internet plans can only reach speeds up to 100 Mbps. That’s enough speed to support the constant streaming and gaming in my house, but I’d recommend the Gigabit Internet plan if it’s available near you. It costs less than cable providers like Xfinity and Spectrum gigabit plans, and it also includes a free modem.

CenturyLink Speed & Data Caps

CenturyLink is one of the top five fastest internet providers in the US. My only gripe with CenturyLink’s speed is there are no in-between plans. I don’t need 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), but I do want more than 100 Mbps. Still, the Fiber Gigabit plan is the only CenturyLink plan that doesn’t have a data cap.

Unfortunately, CenturyLink is one of many providers that still place data caps on their internet plans. Each CenturyLink internet plan, minus the Gigabit plan, has a 1 TB data cap. But I wouldn’t hold that against CenturyLink. As much as I don’t like the idea of a data cap, I’ve never exceeded even 400 GB of data per month.

CenturyLink Contracts and Fees

Besides the Price for Life deal, one of my favorite things about CenturyLink internet is the contract-free plans. CenturyLink does not require a contract for any plan which also means there are no early termination fees (ETFs). I’ve seen a grip of providers that advertise no-contract plans only to enforce them to lock-in a promotional rate. Luckily, CenturyLink’s internet deals are truly contract-free.

Contract or no contract, installation, and equipment fees are still required by most providers. If your installation fee is not waived, there’s no telling how much you may need to pay. CenturyLink only states installation can cost up to $125, which is more costly than most providers I’ve seen. If you get a Price for Life plan and don’t have or plan on buying your own modem, you will need to pay a monthly modem lease fee. CenturyLink charges $15 per month for their modem/router gateway, but I suggest purchasing one. Not only will you save $30 the first year and each month after for as long as you stay with CenturyLink, but you’ll also still receive the benefits of having a CenturyLink modem, including 24/7 technical support.

Verdict: Is CenturyLink Internet Good For Cord Cutters?

I became a cord cutter to save money and avoid fees from moving around so much. CenturyLink offers internet plans with reliable high speed that are priced for the frugal value-seekers like myself. As much as I wish there were plans with speeds up to 200 or 300 Mbps, the regular monthly rate for plans with that speed from most providers is higher than CenturyLink’s gigabit plan. Whether it’s DSL or fiber internet, CenturyLink has plans with low prices.