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AT&T Internet vs. Frontier

A Side-by-Side Comparison of AT&T Internet and Frontier Internet Service in 2020

AT&T Internet and Frontier Communications rank among the most popular DSL providers in the country, offering service to 21 and 29 states respectively. In addition to fiber internet, AT&T also offers fixed wireless while Frontier provides copper internet in select areas. Along with high-speed internet plans, both providers also supply TV and phone bundles. While each provider offers similar speeds, there are various differences between internet plans that can assist customers in making a decision on which is right for them.

AT&T Internet Info


(855) 910-0548

$49.99-49.99/mo.

Frontier Info


(855) 915-4111

$27.99-74.99/mo.

AT&T Internet vs. Frontier Comparison AT&T Internet Frontier Communications
Provider AT&T Internet Frontier
Speed 5-1,000 Mbps 3.0-940 Mbps
Pricing $49.99-49.99/mo. $27.99-74.99/mo.
Service Type DSL, Fiber, or Fixed Wireless DSL, Fiber, or Copper
AT&T Internet vs. Frontier Feature Comparison AT&T Internet Frontier Communications
Provider AT&T Internet Frontier
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans Yes
Contract-Free Plans Select Plans Select Plans
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

AT&T Internet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/8/2020
  • $49.99 for 1,000 Mbps Fiber
    • Download speeds up to 940Mbps w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders and an extra $100 reward card with code ACTNOW upon checkout..
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $49.99 for 100 Mbps DSL
    • 10 to 100 mbps depending on location
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $59.99.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $49.99 for 25 Mbps Fixed Wireless
    • Typical download speeds of 25 Mbps w/ a 500 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.

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

Frontier Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/19/2020
  • $27.99 for 6 Mbps DSL
    • 6.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $29.99 for 50 Mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $39.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $34.99 for 25 Mbps DSL
    • 25 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $39.99 for 100 Mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $49.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $39.99 for 500 Mbps Fiber
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 500 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $49.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $44.99 for 90 Mbps DSL
    • 90 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $74.99 for 940 Mbps Fiber
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 880 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • WiFi router service fee is free for 12 months, $10/mo thereafter.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.

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

AT&T Internet vs. Frontier Performance Overview

AT&T Internet is the second largest DSL provider in the U.S. Fiber plans by AT&T are available to an estimated 25.1 million people, and its fixed wireless service is available to 2.7 million people. Customers can choose to bundle their internet service with TV and/or phone.

As the fifth largest DSL provider in the U.S., Frontier Communications offers service to an estimated 33.3 million people in 29 states, with the greatest coverage in California, Florida, and Connecticut. Frontier also offers fiber service to 10.9 million people, making it the fourth largest fiber service provider in the U.S. Depending on where you live, Frontier’s copper service may be an option as it’s only available in 7 zip codes. Customers can bundle their internet with TV and/or phone.

AT&T Internet Installation

AT&T Internet offers two options for installation: professional installation or customers can choose self installation at a reduced rate.

Customers can choose professional installation for all DSL plans and select fiber plans for a $99 fee, although this fee is waived for certain fiber plans. For a $35 activation fee, customers can choose to self-install.

Frontier Installation

Frontier Communications also offers professional installation and self installation.

For a fee of $75, customers can choose professional installation or have the fee waived for self installation. An Optical Network Terminal may need to be installed if the technician is installing for fiber service. It’s important that this is placed in a central location. The technician may also need to drill holes for cable.

AT&T Internet
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Most of AT&T’s internet plans require a 1-year contract.

Some internet plans offer equipment at no additional fee, while other plans charge $10/month. Early termination fees are $15/month for each month remaining in your contract, however the fees won’t exceed $180. Customers can also choose to use their own router, but using AT&T’s equipment includes an app as well as 24/7 assistance.

Frontier
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

None of Frontier Communications’ internet plans require a contract.

Equipment fees are not included in the overall pricing. Customers are presented with the option to pay $10/month to rent a modem and router or purchase both equipment for $200—an additional $9.99 for equipment delivery and handling fee. When you end your service, you will need to pay a $9.99 broadband processing fee.

AT&T Internet Data Caps

AT&T Internet has a data cap of 1 TB with $10 for each additional 50GB over (up to $100/month). Customers can purchase unlimited data for $30/month. They can also choose to bundle TV and internet and receive unlimited data at no extra charge.

Frontier Data Caps

Frontier Communications does not have data caps.

Fantastic team and great coverage

5.00 Stars

on September 28, 2019

AT&T Internet

Absolutely fantastic! Tech came out to help install and, due to the wiring in our apt, it took a while to find the correct outlets. But he was so patient and helpful and kind, really going above and beyond to make sure things got set up so I could have the level of coverage needed to qualify for work from home. Truly amazing guy, I honestly can't speak highly enough of him. He kept trying long after I suspect most would have given up. Huge THANK YOU to AT&T for the coverage at the right price (literally half the price of the competitor in this area), and more importantly for having such an amazing guy on your team. Thank you.

Excellent service

5.00 Stars

on August 17, 2020

AT&T Internet

I received my letter of approval for internet service thru the Access AT&T program. I called to set up service and spoke with a rep. She was so friendly and helpful. She was pleasant to speak with and very knowledgeable about my questions. She made sure I understood everything she said. She kept me informed on what she was doing in the process of setting up my account. She transferred me to another agent to set up my service and have a tech come out to install a phone jack. He was very efficient and professional and very friendly. He made sure all of my questions and concerns were answered. He was extremely polite and personable. I've had this service in the past and am extremely delighted that my area is covered to use their service again. My appointment and equipment is scheduled for Friday, just 5 days from my initial call. I am grateful AT&T offer this service, the same service as for those paying full price receive. It's a blessing to those of us on a fixed income can have the reliable and easy to use internet in today's times so we may stay connected and help with the stay at home request during virus epidemic. I felt like I was given the same respect as anyone else, even with receiving the discount rates. Thank you AT&T for making the effort to keep things simple and quick in setting up my account.

FIOS is top notch

5.00 Stars

on July 28, 2019

Frontier Communications

Installer was very knowledgeable about how networks work and quickly patched in my line where I needed it. 6 months in and I saw an ad for 500/500 for the same price I had been paying for 200/200. A quick chat with sales and I upgraded for free. Highly recommend Frontier FIOS service.

Outstanding Field Technician Service After 4 Months of Terrible Customer Service

3.00 Stars

on July 23, 2020

Frontier Communications

We have been trying to add Internet to our account since March. We have seen 5 field technicians, all of whom said they could not find the telephone box and then told us they would have a signals specialist sent out and provide a quote for a new dropped line. The last tech who assisted us was a problem solver and did not give up until he found the phone box at the house when all the others gave up. He was polite, informative, and efficient and got our Internet up and running. He should be your standard for all technicians. He saved the company from losing our service.

AT&T Internet vs. Frontier Coverage Availability

AT&T Internet Coverage & Availability

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Frontier Coverage & Availability

Frontier Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about AT&T Internet & Frontier Internet Services

  • Is AT&T cheaper than Frontier?

    Frontier Communications’ internet plans vary in range starting at $27.99/month, which is cheaper than AT&T Internet’s starting price at $50/month. However, AT&T’s most expensive internet plan is cheaper at $70/month versus Frontier’s which is $225/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? AT&T or Frontier?

    Frontier Communications and AT&T Internet offer similar speeds. Both internet service providers have speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Frontier’s cheapest plan, however is 6 Mbps which is slower than AT&T’s at 10 Mbps.

  • Do AT&T and Frontier have unlimited data?

    Frontier Communications offers unlimited data for all of its internet plans. Most of AT&T’s internet plans have a data cap of 1TB, but customers can choose to pay for unlimited data for $30/month or bundle their internet service with TV for unlimited data at no extra charge.

  • Do AT&T and Frontier require a contract?

    Frontier Communications does not require a contract for its internet plans. AT&T Internet, however, requires a 1-year agreement and charges $15/month for every month remaining in the contract if terminated early.