XFINITY vs TDS Telecom: Side by Side Comparison

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XFINITY vs TDS Telecom

TDS and Xfinity have two things in common: high speeds and rapidly evolving fiber or hybrid fiber offerings. The differences that matter for choosing one over the other are mostly in the details. Shoppers will need to consider everything from TV offerings to promotional pricing when making a judgment call.

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

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

$39.99 to $84.95 / mo.

10 mbps to 300 mbps

2.0 mbps to 25 mbps

59%59%

Cable

Current: 1st ↑ (+1)

TDS Telecom AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (866) 571-6662
  • Support: (866) 571-6662

$34.95 to $89.95 / mo.

15 mbps to 1,000 mbps

0.768 mbps to 400 mbps

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DSL

Current: 41st ↑ (+4)

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.

TDS Telecom OVERVIEW

TDS provides DSL, cable, and fiber Internet connectivity across much of the US, in addition to TV and phone services. Select areas within their network have access to gigabit speeds via 100% fiber connections.

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.
  • $59.99 for 200 mbps Cable
    • 200 mbps ↓ and 10 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $87.95.
    • 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.
Last updated on 4/20/2017

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

TDS Telecom INTERNET DEALS †

  • $34.95 for 15 mbps DSL
    • Download Range: 6Mbps to 15Mpbs / Max Upload: 768Kbps
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Requires a TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $29.95 (Includes activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
  • $44.95 for 50 mbps Fiber
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 50 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Requires a TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $0 (Free activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
  • $44.95 for 25 mbps Fiber
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 10 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Requires a TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $0 (Free activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 25 mbps DSL
    • Download Range: 18Mbps to 25Mpbs Upload Range: 2Mbps to 5Mpbs
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Requires a TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $29.95 (Includes activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 50 mbps DSL
    • Download Range: 36Mbps to 50Mbps / Upload Range: 1.5Mbps to 10Mbps
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Requires a TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $29.95 (Includes activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
  • $89.95 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 mbps ↓ and 400 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Requires a TDS TV Bundle/TDS phone line.
    • Setup: $0 (Free activation. Requires handling fee of $14.95.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 571-6662 to setup service.
Last updated on 4/19/2017

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

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.

TDS Telecom: NO DATACAP FOUND

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean TDS Telecom 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.[3] 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.

TDS Telecom's TECHNOLOGY

TDS offers broadband Internet, phone, and TV service to residential and business subscribers via DSL, cable, and fiber networks.

DSL offerings are delivered from a local TDS office near the subscriber via existing copper phone cable infrastructure. Cable, on the other hand, is generally delivered via fiber until it reaches a “node” in individual coverage areas, at which point data is switched over to an existing TV “cable” coaxial network for the final distance.[4]

Fiber offerings from TDS are delivered via 100% fiber optic connections, generally fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), allowing next-generation download speeds up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) under ideal circumstances. Keeping the data in an optical format for the entire journey from ISP to consumer avoids the slowdowns associated with “switching” to an electric signal for DSL and cable.

XFINITY RATINGS AND REVIEWS

40%40% Customer Rating

39.6% recommendation rating according to 83,517 verified XFINITY users.

TDS Telecom RATINGS AND REVIEWS

45%45% Customer Rating

44.9% recommendation rating according to 2,719 verified TDS Telecom users.

XFINITY COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

TDS Telecom COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

TDS Telecom Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

ACSI ratings and IP-verification matter

Customer reviews are the best source for insider opinions

The ACSI ratings above are based on data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a nationwide standard for assessing consumer happiness.[1] Data is collected manually by trained professionals to ensure the highest accuracy possible. IP-verified ratings, on the other hand, are also significantly more trustworthy than unverified online reviews or comments. BroadbandNow uses IP address verification to ensure that only existing customer are able to leave ratings for their provider. Broadband is central to personal and work communication, so a provider with high customer ratings for quality of service and fast dispute resolution is probably worth choosing, even if their plans are slightly higher priced.

Keep an eye on early termination fees

The details are worth looking at before you sign

It’s common practice for broadband communication companies to offer promotional pricing to new customers. This makes sense, and also draws in subscribers switching from other providers out of frustration. There are some great deals to be had, but it’s critical to make sure you understand what you’re agreeing to. First, average in the final monthly price when you decided which plan to pick.

If the final price is high, even a very appealing sign-up promotion might not be worth it, since it’ll just cancel out and switch to the regular price after a few months. Additionally, keep an eye on what your early termination fees will be if you break the contract early. Students, young professionals, and anyone who moves on a semi-regular basis should be careful about signing a multi-year contract with a steep early termination fee.[2]

Last updated on 4/20/2017.

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