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Cox internet deals focus more on saving you money than anything else. You’ll have a variety of internet plans, speeds, and rates to choose from. Keep in mind that promotional pricing across all plans is available for new customers and are typically $15 to $26 cheaper than regular monthly rates.
Unlike CenturyLink, Cox offers a number of double and triple play bundles that can help cut overall costs and conveniently have all your most-used services in one place.
While Cox offers traditional TV service, they also have their own streaming TV service for cord cutters. It’s different than what you see with services like Netflix and Hulu which have their own original content. Instead, you’ll have access to Cox’s on-demand library, live ESPN3 content, and the ability to download your favorite streaming apps (including music and podcast services like iHeartRadio). You can bundle the Contour Stream Player for an extra $5 a month. The only requirement is that you have the Internet Essential, Preferred, Ultimate, or Gigablast plan.
Cox offers more options than many of its larger competitors. Both Spectrum and Verizon Fios offer just three internet-only plans, while Cox offers five distinct cable internet plans as shown above. Here’s a breakdown of the pricing and details of each plan:
With a standard monthly rate of $49.99 per month, the Internet Starter 10 plan seems reasonable price-wise, but the max download speed of 10 Mbps is simply too low to provide a seamless connection for most streamers. (However, if you live alone and use 1-2 devices at a time, up to 10 Mbps is an okay speed.)
The Internet Essential plan offers speeds up to 50 Mbps and is the lowest plan a cord cutter should choose if you want to stream in HD. After the first 12 months, expect to pay $65.99 a month for this plan.
With speeds up to 150 Mbps, the Internet Preferred plan has more speed than a medium-sized household like mine needs—we stream all day (for background noise), and I have video conferences most days of the week. The standard rate is a bit high, $83.99 a month, but you’d only pay this rate after the first 12 months. (There’s a good chance you call the retention department to renew your deal when it ends.)
If you have a large family, getting the Internet Ultimate plan with up to 500 Mbps for $99.99 per month will make sure everyone can stay connected without lagging or delays.
The Internet Gigablast plan is Cox’s fastest plan with up to 940 Mbps. You’ll pay $119.99 per month after the first 12 months, but you’ll be able to host friends and family (and all their phones) without worrying about a slow internet connection.
It’s important to note that Cox’s wider selection of internet-only plans come with higher price tags. Depending on your location and coverage availability, you may find faster speeds and lower monthly rates with providers like AT&T, Xfinity, and Verizon Fios. For example, Xfinity’s highest-tiered plan is similar to the offerings of Cox’s Gigablast plan but costs $15 less a month. A benefit to Cox’s more expansive range of plans is that there’s a plan for all types of households. You can upgrade or downgrade your plan as your household changes and avoid paying for more speed than you need.
One drawback of Cox’s internet is that it does not offer any fiber internet plans. All Cox internet plans use cable connections. Cable tends to be slower than the fiber options offered by AT&T, Verizon Fios, CenturyLink, and other providers, but it is the next best option. Plus, Cox’s Gigablast plan offers speeds as fast as 940 Mbps, which rival most fiber plans. And from user speed tests that I’ve seen, Cox is the second-fastest cable internet provider in the US.
Cox recently increased their data cap in light of COVID-19 forcing many to work and attend classes from home. Now, all of the Cox internet-only plans have data caps of 1,280 GB (or 1.25 TB) per month. On average, streaming in HD consumes about 3 GB per hour. Even if you stream in HD for 12 hours per day, you still won’t hit your data cap each month. You can increase your data cap by an additional 500 GB for an extra $29.99 per month—that’d give you 1,780 GB of data each month. Or, you could add an unlimited data plan for $49.99 per month to get rid of your data cap. Just be mindful that going over your data cap will cost $10 for every 50 GB you use.
All Cox internet-only plans require a minimum one-year contract unless you bundle. Bundle plans come with a minimum two-year contract. Cox doesn’t have a no-contract option for the plans we mentioned above. However, they do offer prepaid plans that are contract-free if contracts are an absolute no-no.
If you decide to end your contract early, you will have to pay an early termination fee (ETF) of up to $120. This is the lowest ETF I’ve seen for a major provider like Cox; many providers like Frontier and Mediacom can charge up to $200-450 for prematurely ending a contract.
Aside from your monthly internet rate, you may be responsible for monthly equipment rentals depending on the plan selected. Cox charges a monthly fee of $10.99 to rent a modem from them. You could buy your own cable modem to skip the additional fee, but be sure to check that it’s a Cox Certified Cable Modem before making a purchase.
There’s no doubt Cox offers great speeds for streamers, provided you avoid the 10 Mbps plan, but the pricing is on the higher end once the first-year promotional pricing ends. Fortunately, Cox’s variety of plans gives you more chances to save money whether you’re looking for an internet-only plan or a bundle. And having low ETFs is comforting if you find yourself in a moving situation sooner than you planned.
Cox offers good perks for people who are always online and on-the-go like me—access to public Wi-Fi, free cybersecurity, and a modem that blankets your entire home with a strong Wi-Fi connection. All in all, Cox can keep any sized household safe and connected online whether you’re at home or on-the-go.