Optimum vs. Xfinity: Which is right for you?
Investigating the various service provider options and deciding which one is right for you can be extremely time-consuming. Furthermore, figuring out which services you need and whether you should bundle them certainly adds some extra pressure! For that reason, we have decided to break down both the similarities and differences between Optimum and Xfinity to help you decide whether either of these choices might be best for you and your family.
What should I know?
Optimum and Xfinity both have great reputations when it comes to delivering high quality service at an affordable price. Through our research, we’ve found that Optimum and Xfinity both offer comparable Internet speeds, ranging from 100-2,000 Mbps. Both service providers also offer unlimited data plans but Optimum has no contracts which means that there is no risk of early termination fees. Optimum will even buy you out of your current contract for $500 whereas Xfinity has various plans that require either a one or two year commitment.
How is the set-up process?
Optimum offers free installation for several deals listed on the website. For others, they charge a one-time fee of $99 for a scheduled professional installation.. This includes Wi-Fi configuration for up to six devices, the hardwiring of one device, and assistance with setting up your Optimum account. If you are interested in setting up more devices with Optimum, you can opt for the premium installation which costs $129 or $59 through the website.
As for Xfinity, they charge $89.99 for the professional installation which requires the installation of a cable line in your house if you’ve never had Xfinity service there before. If you have had it before, but not within the last 12 months, the technician will check on the existing cable line to make sure it’s still delivering a signal. If you’re not interested in taking that route, you can pay $29.95 for the self-installation kit. The self-installation can be done online, in-person, or over the phone.
How is the Internet Quality and Speed?
Optimum costs $40/month for 300 Mbps, $60/month for 500 Mbps, and $80/month for 1 GB (940 Mbps).
Xfinity has a large selection of options ranging from 25 Mbps ($19.99/month), 60 Mbps ($39.99/month), 200 Mbps ($70/month), 300 Mbps ($80/month), 600 Mbps ($60/month), 1000 Mbps ($84.99/month) and 2000 Mbps for ($299.95/month).
|-||25 Mbps for $19.99/month|
|-||60 Mbps for $39.99/month|
|-||200 Mbps for $70/month|
|300 Mbps for $40/month||300 Mbps for $80/month|
|500 Mbps for $60/month||600 Mbps for $60/month|
|940 Mbps for $80/month||1000 Mbps for $84.99/month|
|-||2000 Mbps for $299.95/month|
What are the Internet options?
Optimum offers both cable and fiber to an estimated 12.9 million people spanning four U.S. states. Xfinity services 112.4 million people in 40 states, but only offers cable. Fiber differs from cable because cable is sent through copper TV lines whereas fiber is made of plastic and mainly used for Internet services. Most people prefer fiber because it provides high-bandwidth connections, while also allowing for quick upload times. Fiber is also less likely to slow-down due to high traffic times. That being said, Fiber is only available in select locations dependent on costs.
What are the television options?
Optimum offers several packages including Core TV with 220+ channels for $74.99/month, Value TV with 255+ channels for $79.99/month, Select TV with 340+ channels for $89.99/month and Premier TV with 420+ channels, Showtime, HBO Max, and Starz for $124.99/month.
|Optimum TV Packages||Price|
|Core TV with 220+ channels||$74.99/month|
|Value TV with 255+ channels||$79.99/month|
|Select TV with 340+ channels||$89.99/month|
|Premier TV with 420+ channels||$124.99/month|
Xfinity offers Choice Limited TV with 10+ channels for $30/month This option includes HD service, TV and movie streaming, as well as the option to add flexible channel packs. There is also the limited basic package which also has 10+ channels for $46.95/month. It includes local channels such as NBC, CNN and Fox as well as the Xfinity stream app. Some of the larger packages that Xfinity offers include the Extra package which consists of 140+ channels for $67.27/month, the Digital Preferred package which has 220+ channels for $69.99/month, and Digital Premier which includes 260+ channels for $89.99/month.
|Xfinity TV Packages||Price|
|Choice Limited TV with 10+ channels||$30.00/month|
|Limited basic package with 10+ channels, local channels and Xfinity streaming app||$46.95/month|
|Extra package with 140+ channels||$67.27|
|Digital Preferred with 220+ channels||$69.99/month|
|Digital Premier with 260+ channels||$89.99/month|
What home telephone services do they offer?
Optimum offers a home telephone service when combined with an Internet and/or television package. If you’re interested in telephone and Internet only, you can choose Internet that is 300Mbps ($45/month), 500Mbps ($50/month) or 1 Gig ($55/month). We will go into more detail about the available bundles shortly.
Xfinity offers Xfinity Voice, which offers two options. The first one is unlimited calling nationwide, which permits calls nationwide and to nearly half the world, costing $29.99/month for the first 12-months with no agreement. The second option is unlimited local calls. Xfinity promotes that this option has the best call clarity and includes a free self-install kit and shipping for $34.95/month with no term agreement.
What are the different types of bundles?
Optimum has various packages for Internet, television, and home phone services. If you are interested in having all the above, you can opt-in for any of the following package: Optimum 300 (300Mbps), Core TV and phone for $70/month, Optimum 500 (500Mbps), Core TV, and phone for $75/month, or Optimum 1 Gig (940mbps), Core TV and phone for $80/month. These packages include over 220 channels. If you do not need a home phone, there are also few bundles consisting of Internet and TV only. The TV options in these bundles typically range from 50-220+ channels. As for the Internet, the speeds start at 300 Mbps go up to 940 Mbps. Internet and TV bundles can cost anywhere between $50-$70/month.
Xfinity, on the other hand, offers various bundles that allow you to mix-and-match Internet, TV, Phone and Home Security. If you’re only interested in phone and Internet, you can get the $59.99/month package which includes unlimited nationwide calling (as well as to nearly half the world) with 100 Mbps Internet. If you would rather a package that includes just phone and television, you can choose the $79.99/month package which offers 140+ channels and allows for unlimited calls to everywhere mentioned above. If you decide you don’t need a home phone but would prefer Internet and TV, their options range from 10-245+ channels with Internet speeds ranging from 100 to 800 Mbps. These packages typically range from $49.99-$139.99/month. If you want all three (Internet, television and phone), you can choose from a large variety of packages ranging from 200-1200 Mbps Internet, 130-245+ channels ranging from $89.99-$149.99/month. Lastly, if you are interested in Home Security, you can opt-in for it for $40 or $50/month. It is $10 more if you want to opt-in to having 24/7 video recording. Additionally, there are plenty of options that allow you to combine home security with home phone, television, and Internet packages ranging in Internet speeds and television channels.
How do Altice Mobile and Xfinity mobile phone plans work?
Altice, the company that owns Optimum, has a mobile phone service that starts at $14/month per line. If you’re interested in unlimited data, you can opt-in for this for only $45/month per line. Altice Mobile offers a nationwide network with 5G access and no multi-line commitments.
Xfinity offers various mobile plans dependent on how much data you need. Their plans start at $15/GB but the price goes down if you choose to commit to more data. For example, you can get 3 GB for $30/month or 10 GB for $60/month. If you would prefer unlimited data, you can get 5G access for $45/month.
So, which is the best deal?
Both Optimum and Xfinity offer Internet, a variety of channels, mobile and home telephone services. These choices can be extremely confusing, so we’ve narrowed down the options we find to be the most cost efficient and overall the best value.
Internet: Optimum offers 300 Mbps for $40/month whereas Xfinity offers 200 Mbps for $70/month.
Television: Optimum offers Core TV with 220+ channels for $74.99/month, whereas Xfinity offers 140+ channels for $67.27/month.
Home Phone: Optimum offers a home telephone service when combined with an Internet and/or television package. These bundles are affordable and flexible around your budget and needs. Xfinity offers only two options, unlimited calling nationwide for $29.99/month or unlimited local calls for $34.95/month.
Mobile: Altice Mobile offers phone lines starting at $14/month with no minimum requirement, as well as unlimited data for $45/month. Xfinity offers $15 per GB or $30 for 3 GB.
Home Security: Optimum does not offer Home Security as part of their bundles but Xfinity does offer this option.
Bundle: Optimum offers 300 Mbps, Core TV (225+ channels) and phone for $70/month whereas Xfinity’s home phone, television, and Internet bundles start at a minimum of $89.99/month.
We hope this article helps you decide which service provider and specific services are best suited for you!
*Data as of 04/08/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.