Optimum offers cable and fiber internet to more than 8.2 million people across the Northeast, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Optimum offers cable TV, home phone, and mobile services along with home internet service. Optimum’s mobile services are powered by T-Mobile’s wireless network.
Optimum Plans and Pricing
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With Optimum FlexAbility, you can choose the internet speed, TV package, or data plan you want. Optimum doesn’t require contracts, and if you’re not satisfied, Optimum offers a 60-day money-back guarantee. With internet plans starting at $35 per month, Optimum offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps. If fiber is available in your area, you can get symmetrical internet speeds.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Starting Price||Data Cap|
|Optimum Fiber||Up to 940 Mbps||$79.99 per month||Unlimited Data|
|Optimum Cable||Up to 940 Mbps||$35 per month||Unlimited Data|
If you need extended Wi-Fi coverage in your home, not to worry, one Wi-Fi extender in addition to the gateway modem is included in most Optimum internet plans. You can use your own modem too if you prefer.
On the flip side of promotions are fees. Luckily, Optimum keeps its internet fees to a minimum since there are no data caps or contracts. If you miss out on a free standard installation promotion, you can expect to pay $59 for Optimum’s professional installation.
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Optimum Internet Speeds
Optimum’s primary service is cable internet, which means data travels over coaxial cable lines either buried underground or on utility poles. Although originally installed exclusively for cable TV, a technology called DOCSIS uses these lines to send high-bandwidth digital data. That enables cable companies like Optimum to provide internet service to a broad subscriber base without installing expensive fiber lines to every individual subscriber.
Optimum instead sends fiber into subscribers’ general area and uses coaxial lines for the last part of the data journey. It can bottleneck download and upload speeds compared to pure fiber-optic connections, enabling the company to offer cheaper service at scale. People with access to Optimum Fiber will have fiber routed directly to their homes.
Download speeds in BroadbandNow.com’s Optimum speed tests varied widely but averaged around 300 to 400 Mbps. Optimum cable does, however, tie for the No. 1 spot on the Netflix ISP Speed Index in the U.S.
Optimum Internet vs. Optimum Mobile
Optimum offers both internet and mobile services. Combining internet service and a mobile plan on one account can save you up to a year’s worth of mobile phone charges. Yep, that means one full year of free Optimum mobile service.