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Xfinity is one of the most popular internet and cable TV providers in the U.S., with service available to more than 100 million Americans in 40 states. You may not think of a cable company if you’re looking to cut the cord, but plenty of Xfinity customers use only Xfinity internet service and stream all their TV. Streamers especially should look out for Xfinity internet deals. Xfinity internet plans come with a contract (which I’m not a big fan of), but they include a free 4K streaming device and a free premium subscription to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.

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Xfinity Internet Only Plans & Pricing

Xfinity offers six internet plans, only two of which I’d recommend: Performance Select and Performance Pro Plus. They’re the lowest-priced 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps plans available. I’d love to get up to 200 Mbps so my connection could handle all the streaming and gaming my family does without having to disconnect our phones from the Wi-Fi to make the connection faster. Spectrum is the only other internet provider that offers a similarly priced 200 Mbps plan, but you don’t get as many perks as you do with Xfinity.

Plan Download Speed Introductory Price Price after 12 months
Performance Starter+ Up to 50 Mbps $19.99 per month $50 per month
Performance Select Up to 100 Mbps $34.99 per month $55 per month
Performance Pro+ Up to 200 Mbps $49.99 per month $70 per month
Blast! Pro+ Up to 400 Mbps $64.99 per month $80 per month
Extreme Pro+ Up to 800 Mbps $74.99 per month $90 per month
Gigabit Up to 1200 Mbps $84.99 per month $100 per month

Xfinity is the most widely available cable internet provider in the U.S., but you won’t find its plans in sparsely populated areas. If Xfinity is available near you, the best deal you’ll get is the Performance Pro Plus plan. You could get lower prices on a gigabit internet plan with AT&T Fiber internet or a Verizon Fios deal, and they are available in most areas that Xfinity services.

Xfinity’s prices seem high after the promotional period ends, but those prices cover the cost of Xfinity’s exclusive products and services, which are worth it. Any streamer could get a great setup with an Xfinity plan when you consider discounts and freebies. It would be cheaper to combine your internet and streaming services bills in one, especially since Peacock is a full-range streaming service. In a way, Xfinity’s internet plans are bundle offers for streamers.

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Xfinity Internet Deals

  • Free Xfinity Flex for new customers: Xfinity offers new internet customers Xfinity Flex — its 4K streaming device that comes with an Xfinity Voice Remote — and a free Peacock Premium account. It doesn’t matter which internet plan you choose; Xfinity extends the offer to all new customers. If you don’t have a streaming device from a brand such as Roku or Apple TV, this is your chance to get one for free. Xfinity Flex Plus supports Peacock, which is one of my favorite streaming services. As we discuss in our Peacock review, it’s one of just a few streaming services that offers both on-demand and live sports, news, sitcoms, cartoons, and movies all in one place.
  • Paperless billing discount: If you’re an existing Xfinity internet customer, you don’t have many options to lower your bill. Your best bet is to enroll in paperless billing and autopay to get a $10 discount each month, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get the discount. For some reason, the discount isn’t available to all existing Xfinity customers.
  • Bundle deals for new and existing customers: If you are a new customer looking for cable TV or home phone service along with internet, you can take advantage of several bundle options. For current customers, I recommend calling Xfinity and speaking with the retention department. You can sometimes get new-customer internet deals if you call.

Xfinity Internet Speed and Data Caps

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in 16 states, but its users have an average download speed of about 150 Mbps — nowhere near a gigabit. That’s still more than enough speed for any household of heavy streamers, remote workers, and online gamers like mine.

If I have one gripe with Xfinity, it’s the 1.2-terabyte (TB) data cap. I’m not that upset about it though. We stream all day — Netflix and Hulu are my go-tos for background noise when I’m cooking or falling asleep — and I still don’t use 1.2 TB each month. I’m nowhere close. If you go over your data cap, Xfinity charges $10 per 50 GB of data used. Xfinity caps its data overage fees at $100 a month, or you can pay an extra $30 a month for unlimited data. (If you need that much data, you may be better off with providers that offer data-cap-free plans, such as Spectrum and Frontier.)

You may come a little closer to hitting your data cap if you watch a lot of 4K UHD content or stream live television on a service such as YouTube TV. Still, 1.2 TB is a lot of data, and you’re unlikely to hit it unless you’re really going wild with live high-definition streaming.

Still, the price is right: Xfinity's deals include some of the most affordable internet plans on the market.

Xfinity Internet Contracts and Fees

It can be difficult to figure out Xfinity’s internet fees. It’s clear there’s an installation fee, whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it for you. Most customers are quoted $89.99 for professional installation, but confirm that with Xfinity. Thankfully, most plans offer self-installation, which has a $15 fee.

Docsis 3.0 xfinity router.
Docsis 3.0 xfinity router.

Once you’ve signed up, there’s a $14-per-month equipment-rental fee if you rent Xfinity’s modem-and-router combination, the xFi Gateway. You could also go with xFi Complete for $25 per month, which includes the Gateway, unlimited data (a $30 per month value), and an automatic home Wi-Fi evaluation. Depending on the results of the Wi-Fi evaluation, you may also get a free xFi Pod Wi-Fi extender, which would typically cost $119.

Xfinity offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all its internet services, so you can take your time to decide whether you want to stay with it. Xfinity’s internet plans come with a minimum one-year contract, but don’t worry about being stuck in a contract if you cancel your Xfinity plan early since providers such as Spectrum offer to pay new customers’ early-termination fees if you switch. That makes it easier to deal with short contracts like Xfinity’s, but you should see whether providers near you have contract-buyout offers before you commit.

If you end your contract early, Xfinity will charge you for the remaining months. Xfinity’s policy on early-termination fees isn’t always clear, but it won’t cost more than your remaining monthly charges. Recent reports have said Xfinity charges $10 a month for the remainder of your contract. Make sure to check the current fees when you sign up because they may change.

Verdict: Is Xfinity internet good for cord cutters?

Xfinity’s nonpromotional prices are a bit high for a budget-conscious person like me. In my Xfinity review, I found that the promotional prices fit my budget — $49.99 a month for speeds up to 200 Mbps is a rare deal — but I wish its nonpromotional prices were a bit lower. I don’t want to have to switch providers each year to find an affordable plan.

Still, Xfinity’s pricing is understandable when you consider all you get. The price you pay for any Xfinity internet plan includes high-speed internet at home and at millions of public Wi-Fi hotspots, a 4K streaming device, a Peacock Premium subscription, and — if you rent the xFi Gateway — cybersecurity features. For all that, there isn’t a better deal.