Windstream is a Digital Subscriber Line (or DSL) provider with coverage across Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, and 47 other states. In addition to their DSL service, Windstream also offers fiber and fixed wireless plans in select locations.
Windstream Internet Plans and Pricing Summary
|Plan name||Download speed||Monthly start price|
|Windstream 50 Mbps Plan||50 Mbps||$37/mo|
|Windstream 100 Mbps Plan||100 Mbps||$37/mo|
|Windstream 50 Mbps Plan||50 Mbps||$45/mo|
|Windstream 200 Mbps Plan||200 Mbps||$47/mo|
|Windstream 300 Mbps Plan||300 Mbps||$47/mo|
|Windstream 200 Mbps Plan||200 Mbps||$55/mo|
|Windstream 100 Mbps Plan||100 Mbps||$55/mo|
|Windstream 500 Mbps Plan||500 Mbps||$57/mo|
|Windstream 500 Mbps Plan||500 Mbps||$65/mo|
|Windstream 1000 Mbps Plan||1000 Mbps||$67/mo|
|Windstream 1000 Mbps Plan||1000 Mbps||$75/mo|
How to choose a Windstream internet plan?
With prices so low, it’s tempting to choose Windstream’s Kinetic GIG internet plan. While it’s rare to find a fiber gigabit plan for less than $60 per month, getting the speed you need will save you money in the long run (and most households don’t need gigabit speeds.)
The Windstream Kinetic Internet 50 is ideal for a 1-2 person household with daily HD streaming, smart devices, and online gaming. Fiber internet is able to handle more devices at slower speeds than cable or DSL thanks to faster upload speeds and a more reliable connection. A one-person household could get away with the Windstream Kinetic Internet 25 plan, but the Kinetic Internet 50 plan is cheaper by $10 a month.
We do recommend choosing the Windstream Kinetic Internet 200 plan, or one faster, if there are three or more people in your home, a smart home security system, or two or more remote workers. Outlook, Slack, and doorbell cameras constantly run in the background which means they’re always using the internet and hogging up bandwidth.
Residents in rural and suburban areas with limited access to Windstream’s 100+ Mbps plans should opt for the fastest plan you can afford. While most Windstream subscribers have adequate speed, some report their internet speed is constantly slower than advertised.
Windstream Internet Fees
One aspect to consider before making the decision to buy a particular package is that there are often additional fees added to the monthly bill. Many customers look at the advertised price for a bundle and fail to consider additional fees that may drive up the price considerably.
In general, Windstream doesn’t tack on a bunch of miscellaneous fees, but there are a couple of additional charges to be aware of:
|Equipment fee||$9.99 per month|
|Activation fee||$50 one-time charge|
|Professional Installation fee||$35 One-time charge|
Windstream Equipment Fees
When you sign up for Windstream internet, you’ll also need some extra equipment in order to get online, most notably a modem. While it’s sometimes possible to use your existing internet equipment, Windstream offers “very limited support” for third-party routers, so you’ll often be better off using Windstream’s equipment. There is a $9.99 charge each month to rent Windstream’s equipment. Unfortunately, Windstream doesn’t allow you to purchase your modem outright, so you’ll be stuck with the monthly fee.
When you first subscribe to Windstream, you may need to pay a $35 professional installation fee. In some areas, it’s possible to take advantage of self-installation and avoid the charge, but Windstream’s professional installation fee is relatively inexpensive compared to other fiber providers and includes installing coaxial jacks and testing the Wi-Fi. If you’re not confident in your ability to set things up, we recommend letting the professionals handle it.
Windstream Activation Fees
Sometimes Windstream will also charge a $50 activation fee, but it’s often possible to get that fee waived if you take the time to pick up the phone and call. Many Windstream promotions will allow the service representative to remove the fee or even offer free installation, so it’s definitely worthwhile to bring it up when you’re purchasing service.
Windstream TV Options
In addition to internet service, Windstream also offers bundled television plans through partnerships with DIRECTV, YouTubeTV, and Kinetic TV (Windstream’s own TV service). DIRECTV is a satellite TV provider with coverage across the majority of the United States and a reputation for providing a wide selection of channels at affordable prices, while YouTube TV and Kinetic TV are live TV streaming services that require internet service in order to work.
Cord-cutters will want to consider either YouTube TV or Windstream’s Kinetic TV as both are streaming-friendly and are contract-free.
Windstream Kinetic TV Plans
In Lexington, Kentucky, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Sugar Land, Texas, Windstream offers their own television service known as “Kinetic TV.”
Kinetic TV plans are only available in areas where Windstream has installed Fiber networks, although they will be expanding its availability in the near future.
|Plan name||Channels||Monthly start price|
|Kinetic TV Select||60+||$75 per month|
|Kinetic TV Preferred||110+||$85 per month|
What makes Kinetic TV different from most TV services offered by ISPs is that it works like a live streaming service (i.e., Hulu + Live TV). You are not required to purchase equipment from Windstream to watch live TV since there is a Kinetic TV app available on most popular streaming devices and smartphones.
If you don’t have a streaming device, the next best option is to purchase a Kinetic TV device for $74.99.