AT&T Internet vs Cox: Side by Side Comparison

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AT&T Internet vs Cox

Broadband shoppers have plenty to consider when comparing AT&T and Cox Communications. U-verse’s DSL network and Cox Communication’s coaxial cable network offer similar speeds at similar prices, but deciding which one is “better” depends on location, pricing, and your household’s needs.

AT&T Internet AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (877) 722-3506
  • Support: (800) 288-2020

(877) 722-3506

$50 to $90 / mo.

5.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

64%64%

DSL

Current: 14th (0)

Cox Communications AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (855) 534-4847
  • Support: (800) 234-3993

(855) 534-4847

$19.99 to $119.99 / mo.

10 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 35 mbps

63%63%

Cable

Current: 6th ↑ (+1)

AT&T Internet OVERVIEW

AT&T Internet is a nationwide telecom provider. They offer DSL and fiber Internet services, as well as bundled TV and landline phone services.

Cox OVERVIEW

Cox Communications offers Internet, cable TV, and phone bundles in addition to home security and smart home products.

AT&T Internet INTERNET DEALS †

  • $50 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $50 for 50 mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $50 for 50 mbps DSL
    • 10 to 75 mbps depending on location w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $60 for 10 mbps Fixed Wireless
    • Download speeds of at least 10 Mbps/1 Mbps upload w/ a 170 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $70.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Wi-Fi Gateway router included.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation fee applies.
    • Modem included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $70 for 300 mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $80.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Professional Installation Fee.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $90 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 1,000 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $100.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: Waived (Professional Installation fee.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
Last updated on 10/31/2018

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with AT&T Internet.

Cox INTERNET DEALS †

  • $19.99 for 10 mbps Cable
    • 10 Mbps ↓ and 1.0 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $42.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
    • Call (855) 534-4847 to setup service.
  • $29.99 for 30 mbps Cable
    • 30 Mbps ↓ and 3.0 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $63.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
    • Call (855) 534-4847 to setup service.
  • $49.99 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $84.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
    • Call (855) 534-4847 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 300 mbps Cable
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 30 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $104.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
    • Call (855) 534-4847 to setup service.
  • $119.99 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
    • Call (855) 534-4847 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/12/2018

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

AT&T Internet: DATACAPS From 170 GB/mo.

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

Cox: DATACAPS From 1024 GB/mo.

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

AT&T Internet's TECHNOLOGY

AT&T currently provides two types of Internet service: fiber and DSL. Fiber is available for both home and business customers. They also offer a variety of bundled plans that include TV or home telephone options.

Their DSL offering, historically branded as "U-verse", leverages Fiber-to-the-Node infrastructure. This means that a fiber cable ends near the subscriber address, switching over to telephone, ethernet, and coax. Hybrid fiber allows AT&T to service higher bandwidth plans than traditionally expected over DSL.[3]

AT&T Fiber to the Home has limited availability. FTTH is the “gold standard” for robust, fast home internet.

Cox's TECHNOLOGY

Cox Cable provides Internet using their coaxial cable network. Cox sends signal via fiber lines, which end at nodes within neighborhoods which then branch off via coaxial cable to serve nearby customers.[4]

Nodes can service anywhere from hundreds of addresses, using a technology called statistical multiplexing to effectively "share" service between customers.

AT&T Internet INSTALLATION

AT&T offers both professional installation and self-install.

AT&T generally charges for professional installation, so if your home was previously serviced, self-installation may be an easy route for you to save money when setting up service.

Cox INSTALLATION

Self-installation is a good choice for Internet customers. If a building is already wired for Cox service, setting up WiFi yourself is simple. Going this route will save money up-front for cost-conscious buyers.

Alternately, if a residence hasn’t been wired for cable service previously, it will be necessary to schedule a time for professional installation by a technician through Cox when signing up. Additionally, professional installation is available for subscribers who simply would prefer not to deal with the configuration alone.

AT&T Internet RATINGS AND REVIEWS

41%41% Customer Rating

41.1% recommendation rating according to 99838 verified users.

Cox RATINGS AND REVIEWS

45%45% Customer Rating

45.0% recommendation rating according to 36272 verified Cox users.

AT&T Internet COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

AT&T Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Cox COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Cox Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Cable cutters and streamed video content

Understanding your video needs is key to saving on broadband TV

Both U-verse and Cox Communications offer TV service in one form or another, with key differences in channels on offer, on-demand content, and attitude towards “over-the-top” online streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.[1]

In addition to considering data caps, which can pose problems for heavy video watchers, shoppers need to take a close look at the consistency of download speeds on offer in their area, and whether or not those speeds can handle the video quality they intend to consume.

U-verse plans to move their satellite TV offerings over to wired networks within the next few years, promising crisper video quality and more content in the near future. Cox Communications, as a cable company, offers high-quality coaxial cable TV at a discount for consumers interested in “bundling” their Internet, TV, and/or phone services.

ETFs and hidden fees

Always look at the small print when shopping for broadband

Like most bundled broadband providers, U-verse and Cox Communications will often offer discounts for consumers interested in “bundling” their Internet connection with TV and phone service from the same company. This makes sense, considering that Cox delivers data via their cable TV network and U-verse uses their existing phone lines to do the same thing.

While these promotional deals offer great prices, be sure to check the fine print and consider how much you’ll have to pay if you break the contract early — and also consider the final price you’ll pay for service after that promotional period ends.[2]

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