XFINITY vs Sonic.net: Side by Side Comparison

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XFINITY vs Sonic.net

Xfinity and Sonic have one thing in common: they’re both advancing their technology, and they both offer above-average speeds at comparable prices. Sonic.net is currently rolling out their fiber networks, and Xfinity is matching it with the latest in DOCSIS technology. Picking a winner is all about figuring out how much speed you actually need.

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 246-9494
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 246-9494

$39.99 to $87.95 / mo.

10 mbps to 400 mbps

Up to 25 mbps

59%59%

Cable

Current: 1st (0)

Sonic.net AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (888) 766-4233
  • Support: (888) 766-4233


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DSL

Current: 47th ↑ (+1)

XFINITY OVERVIEW

Xfinity by Comcast provides broadband internet, cable TV, and phone service via their hybrid fiber coaxial network. Xfinity is one of the most widely available cable Internet providers in the US.

Sonic.net OVERVIEW

Sonic.net is a telecommunications company providing broadband Internet plans within California, often bundled with home phone services. They offer gigabit speeds in some areas over fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections. DSL and fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) service are also available.

XFINITY INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 for 25 mbps Cable
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $74.95.
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $84.95 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $87.95 for 50 mbps Cable
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/25/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with XFINITY.

Sonic.net INTERNET DEALS †

    Our data team hasn't been able to find publically available plans from Sonic.net

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Sonic.net.

XFINITY: DATACAPS From 1024 GB/mo.

We have found plans that include datacaps. XFINITY offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.

Sonic.net: NO DATACAP FOUND

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Sonic.net doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.

XFINITY's TECHNOLOGY

Xfinity by Comcast offers Internet, TV, and phone service to consumers primarily via their hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network. They are also rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installations in some regions.

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks are used globally by cable providers to deliver broadband internet access to consumers. In short, HFC networks deliver a fiber optic connection to a node within a neighborhood, which then branches off to service 25-2000 homes.[2] By using this network structure, Comcast and other cable providers are able to take advantage of their existing coaxial infrastructure to offer competitive broadband speeds at a lower up-front installation cost to the company.

In the case of FTTH installation, fiber optic cable is run directly to consumers residences or businesses. This network structure is preferred over hybrid networks. Unfortunately, they aren’t widely available due to the high costs associated with running fiber optic cable.

Sonic.net's TECHNOLOGY

Sonic.net offers broadband Internet, TV, and phone service throughout California via both DSL and fiber networks.

The company’s DSL offerings come in two technical flavors — VDSL or ADSL2, depending on a subscriber’s distance from their local office.[ref]https://www.sonic.com/home-products[/ref] DSL broadband Internet is delivered over the same copper phone lines that deliver landline phone service. While less advanced than coaxial cable, these lines go directly to consumer residences instead of “sharing” within neighborhoods, making the connection speed more reliable during peak use times.[3]

Sonic.net’s fiber offerings are true fiber-to-the-home connections, the most advanced high-bandwidth low-latency option currently available. Because of the high cost of installing pure fiber cable all the way to a subscriber’s doorstep, FTTH is less widely available than DSL.

XFINITY RATINGS AND REVIEWS

40%40% Customer Rating

40.0% recommendation rating according to 97,185 verified XFINITY users.

Sonic.net RATINGS AND REVIEWS

75%75% Customer Rating

74.9% recommendation rating according to 725 verified users.

XFINITY COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Sonic.net COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Sonic.net Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

What’s in the contract?

Keep an eye out for extra fees in your monthly bill

Monthly bills have a tendency to creep up, and it’s not always because the provider is pulling anything fishy — broadband technology is constantly evolving, and the price often reflects advances in technology and quality of service. That said, extra fees can sometimes be added to your monthly bill in error, and if you find unexpected line items, don’t be afraid to call up your provider and ask for an explanation.

Additionally, ETFs (early termination fees) sometimes apply to service contracts, and should be considered carefully by anybody who anticipates moving or switching providers. A high ETF can quickly eat up any savings from bundling services or signing a multi-year agreement if you wind up having to relocate before it ends.

Quality of service

How to know if you can trust a provider

Customer reviews online are notoriously difficult to trust. When it comes to broadband providers like Xfinity and Sonic.net, there are two sources you can trust: ACSI ratings and IP-verified customer ratings.

ACSI (the American Customer Satisfaction Index) ratings are particularly trustworthy, since the data is based on surveys manually administered by trained experts. ACSI is the nationwide “gold standard” for assessing quality of service.[1]

In addition to ACSI ratings, you’ll see IP-verified customer ratings on BroadbandNow. These ratings are based on actual visitors to BroadbandNow, using IP-verification technology to ensure that the person leaving a review is actually using the provider in question. Providers with higher customer satisfaction ratings may be worth choosing even if their prices are higher, since you know they’ll be more dependable to quickly fix outages and other issues.

Last updated on 6/24/2017.

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