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One of my favorite things to do to get away from New York’s never-ending, in-your-face pace is binging mixed martial arts fights on YouTube. Watching strangers exhibit my frustration is stress-relieving, but having a slow internet connection is just the opposite. If you live in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, take a look at Optimum internet deals. Optimum offers super-fast speeds and perks like access to public Wi-Fi hotspots at lower prices than most providers.
Currently, new Optimum internet customers can get free installation on any plan. And if you choose the Optimum 1 Gig plan, you can get your monthly price guaranteed for life and a free Wi-Fi extender.
Optimum advertises an exclusive deal for existing customers; however, it’s only a deal if you want to bundle with TV. Existing Optimum customers can get a $100 Amazon gift card, over 220 channels and up to 200 Mbps for $74.99 per month if you upgrade to a bundle plan. If you want TV, this is a good deal — you’d save at least $30 per month by bundling. Plus, Optimum bundles come with Altice One, Optimum’s all-in-one cable box, streaming device, modem, and wireless router.
You could also switch mobile providers and sign up with Optimum’s Altice Mobile. Existing Optimum customers get a $10 per month discount per line. Right now, plans start at $20 per month for unlimited text, talk, and data—this is the best pricing for an internet and mobile bundle I’ve ever seen.
Optimum’s internet-only plans have incredibly fast speeds. Still, I’d only recommend the Optimum 300 plan or the Optimum 1 Gig plan. The Optimum 300 is Optimum’s starting plan speed and has up to 300 Mbps, which is more than enough to support my video-consuming family. And for $40 per month, it’s a hard deal to pass. Providers like Verizon Fios offer speeds closer to 200 Mbps for a similar rate.
Optimum also has a lower-priced fiber gigabit plan than Verizon Fios and most other providers. If you need or want more than 300 Mbps, the Optimum 1 Gig plan is the way to go. Plus, it only costs $5 more than Optimum’s mid-tier plan which has up to 500 Mbps.
Optimum is one step ahead of providers that still impose data caps, like Cox and AT&T — each Optimum internet plan is data cap-free. And data cap-free internet is second-best to fast internet. Luckily, Optimum uses the two fastest types of wired internet connections, fiber and cable. Optimum’s fiber internet isn’t as available as their cable internet, but Optimum is one of the top five fastest cable internet providers in the US. Still, keep in mind the speed providers advertise is the maximum speed you can get. Your actual speed day-to-day may be slower — though some Optimum customers get faster speeds than what their plan advertises.
All of Optimum’s plans are contract-free, which is no surprise to me. Most providers no longer require contracts. There’s no reason for them to do so when providers like Optimum, Verizon Fios, and Spectrum offer contract buyouts as incentives to new customers. If you’re considering Optimum and are stuck in a contract, Optimum will pay up to $500 of early termination fees (ETFs). (I haven’t seen a provider that charges more than $500 in ETFs.)
Optimum’s promotional pricing includes a $5 discount for autopay and paperless billing. This is pretty standard, and I’ve seen other providers such as Suddenlink implement the same discount. If you are not into autopay or saving paper, expect an additional $5 tacked onto your bill.
Setting up your service requires installation. You may have the option to self-install but it’s difficult to find if and/or how much Optimum charges for self-installation. If you miss out on the free installation promotion, expect to pay either $99 or $149 for professional installation. You’ll only pay $149 if you choose “premium installation,” in which the tech connects each of your devices — including your TV, gaming console, and smart home devices — to your network. No matter which installation you choose, you’ll still need a modem.
Optimum charges $10 per month for their modem, which comes with a free “Smart Router.” You could purchase your own modem and router, but you need to ensure that they’re compatible with your Optimum service. If you aren’t very tech-savvy, it may be easier to just pay the extra $10 each month.
On top of free installation, a free smart router that can blanket your entire home with a strong Wi-Fi signal, and a $40-per-month plan that has enough speed to support multiple streaming devices in 4K, Optimum customers also get access to over two million Wi-Fi hotspots. That may not sound like a lot compared to AT&T, but that covers a large number of Optimum’s customers when you look at how concentrated Optimum’s availability is in the northeast. Verizon Fios may offer a free Disney+ and Hulu subscription, but you’ll save more money in the long run with Optimum.