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Xfinity is one of the most popular internet and cable TV providers in the US, with service available to more than 100 million Americans in 40 states. You might not think of a cable company if you’re looking to “cut the cord,” but plenty of Xfinity customers just use Xfinity internet service and choose to stream all of their TV. Streamers especially should be on the lookout for Xfinity internet deals. Xfinity internet plans come with a contract (which I’m not a big fan of) but do include a free 4K streaming device and a free subscription to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, at the Peacock Premium tier.
Xfinity is offering new internet customers Xfinity Flex, their 4K streaming device that comes with the Xfinity Voice Remote, and a free Peacock Premium account. If you don’t have a streaming device from a brand like 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. Peacock is one of the only streaming services where I can watch on-demand and live sports, news, sitcoms, cartoons, and movies in one place. It doesn’t matter what internet plan you choose — Xfinity extends this offer to all new customers.
If you’re an existing Xfinity internet customer, you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to lowering your bill. Your best option is to enroll in paperless billing and autopay to get a $10 discount each month. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the discount. For some reason, the discount isn’t available to all existing Xfinity customers.
Your other option could be a bundle, but if you’re like me, you don’t have cable TV or home phone. I recommend calling Xfinity and asking to speak with the retention department. Existing customers can sometimes get new customer internet deals if you call. It’s worked with me when it came to upgrading my speeds.
Xfinity offers six internet plans, but there are only two that I’d recommend: the Performance Select and Performance Pro+. They’re the lowest-priced 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps plans available. I’d love to get up to 200 Mbps now—then my connection could handle all the streaming and gaming we do 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 would with Xfinity.
Xfinity is the most available cable internet provider in the US, but you won’t find their plans in sparsely populated areas. Even if Xfinity is available near you, the best deal you’ll get with them is the Performance Pro+ plan. You could get lower prices on a gigabit internet plan with AT&T Fiber and Verizon Fios, and they are available in most areas Xfinity services.
From what I’ve seen, Xfinity’s prices are 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 the discounts and freebies you get. It’d be cheaper to combine your internet and streaming services bill in one, especially since Peacock is a full range streaming service. In a way, Xfinity’s internet plans are bundle offers for streamers.
Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in 16 states, but Xfinity internet users have an average download speed of about 255 Mbps—nowhere near a gigabit. Still, I wouldn’t consider that a small feat. That’s 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 their 1.2 terabytes (TB) data cap, but I’m not that upset about it. We stream all day my house — Netflix and Hulu are my go-to for background noise when I’m cooking or falling asleep — and I still don’t use 1.2 TB each month. In fact, I’m nowhere close. If you do go over your data cap, Xfinity charges $10 per 50 GB of data you use. Luckily, Xfinity caps their 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. (If you do, you’d be better off with providers that offer data cap free-plans, like Spectrum and Frontier.)
It can be difficult to figure out Xfinity’s internet fees, but here’s what we’ve discovered. First, it’s clear there’s an installation fee, whether you get a professional to do it for you or you do it yourself. Most customers are quoted a price of around $89.99 for professional installation, but make sure to confirm that with Comcast. Thankfully, most Xfinity plans offer self-installation. Xfinity’s self-installation fee is $15.
Once you’ve signed up, there’s a $14-a-month equipment rental fee if you rent Xfinity’s modem/router combination, the xFi Gateway. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee if you decide to get your own modem or switch providers. Take your time deciding if you want to stay with Xfinity. Xfinity’s internet plans come with a minimum one-year contract, but don’t get too worried about being stuck in a contract — providers like Spectrum offer to pay early termination fees (ETFs) for new customers if you decide to switch. That makes it easier to deal with short contracts like Xfinity’s, though you should take a look to see if providers near you have contract buyout offers before you commit.
If you do end your contract early, Xfinity will charge you for the remaining months. Xfinity’s ETF policy isn’t always clear, but it won’t cost more than your remaining monthly charges would. Recent reports quote Xfinity charges $10 a month for the remainder of your contact. Make sure to check what the current fees are when you sign up, because they do change.
I’ll admit, Xfinity’s non-promotional internet prices are a bit high for a budget-conscious person like me. The promotional prices fit my budget — $49.99 a month for speeds up to 200 Mbps is a rare deal — but I wish that their non-promotional 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 think about all you get. The price you’d 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.