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AT&T Internet vs Sonic: Side by Side Comparison

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AT&T Internet vs Sonic

Broadband shoppers have no shortage of factors to consider when it comes to AT&T and Sonic.net. Sonic offers some interesting features so far as customization and hands-on customer service, while AT&T offers all the benefits of a major nationwide provider with excellent bundled offerings including TV and phone.

AT&T Internet At A Glance

  • Sales: (855) 910-0548
  • Support: (800) 288-2020

(855) 910-0548

$35-60/mo.

5-1,000 Mbps

Up to 1,000 Mbps

64% 64%

DSL

15th ↑ (+3)

Sonic At A Glance

  • Sales: (855) 757-6111
  • Support: (855) 757-6111

(855) 757-6111

$29.99-59.99/mo.

20-1,000 Mbps

Up to 1,000 Mbps

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DSL

42nd (0)

AT&T Internet Overview

AT&T Internet is a nationwide telecom provider. They offer DSL and fiber Internet service, in addition to TV and phone services.

Sonic Overview

Sonic.net offers broadband plans in California. They offer DSL plans in addition to fiber.

AT&T Internet Internet Deals †

  • $35 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $35 for 100 mbps DSL
    • 10 to 100 mbps depending on location w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $55.00.
    • 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.
  • $45 for 300 mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • 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.
  • $60 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • Download speeds up to 940Mbps w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • 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.
Last updated on 10/19/2020

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

Sonic Internet Deals †

  • $29.99 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 1,000 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $49.99.
    • Bundled with one home phone line.
    • Setup: $0 (No installation fees.)
    • Call (855) 757-6111 to setup service.
  • $39.99 for 20 mbps DSL
    • 20 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $49.99.
    • Bundled with home phone.
    • Setup: $0 (Free installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.5/mo
    • Call (855) 757-6111 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 40 mbps DSL
    • 40 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Bundled with home phone.
    • Setup: Free self-installation. Optional technician installation is $99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $9.5/mo
    • Call (855) 757-6111 to setup service.
Last updated on 9/23/2020

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

AT&T Internet: Datacaps From 500 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.

Sonic: No Datacap Found

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Sonic doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.

AT&T Internet's Technology

AT&T offers fiber-optic and DSL broadband access to homes and business clients across the US. AT&T also advertises a variety of bundled plans that include TV or landline phone add-ons.

AT&T's DSL service, historically branded as AT&T "U-verse", leverages Fiber-to-the-Node technology. This means that a fiber optic line ends near the subscriber location, with the last leg to the subscriber addresses reached via telephone, ethernet, and coaxial cable. Their fiber-based network has allowed AT&T to offer more robust packages than usually expected from DSL.[3]

On top of DSL deals, AT&T also markets 100% fiber service in some locations.

Sonic's Technology

Sonic.net provides Internet service in California using DSL networks. Sonic also has invested in Fiber in some areas.

Their DSLcomes in two types: VDSL or ADSL2, depending on the customer's distance from their local office. In the field, DSL broadband signals are sent using copper phone lines delivering landline phone service. Although DSL cables are less advanced than coaxial cable, phone wires are dedicated and connected directly to consumer residences instead of sharing within blocks. The direct connection makes DSL service more dependable during peak use times. Cable often slows during peak-use times, while DSL speeds remain consistent.

Sonic.net also offers fiber-optic networks in some areas. That said, because of the price for the company of installing fiber all the way to a subscriber doorstep, Fiber to the Home service is less widely serviceable than DSL network.

AT&T Internet Installation

To get AT&T installed, customers have two choices: professional installation and self-install.

AT&T usually charges for pro installation. If your home is already serviced, self-installation may be an easy route for you to save.

Sonic Installation

Sonic.net gives customers a couple basic options: installing yourself, which is free, and scheduling a professional installation (costs money).

Installing Sonic yourself is straightforward. Detailed instructions are included with the kit. Required hardware such as the modem and gateway are included for a monthly fee.

Scheduling a professional install is a better option for subscribers who would prefer not to mess with with connecting and configuring their equipment.

AT&T Internet Coverage & Availability

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Sonic Coverage & Availability

Sonic Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Consider dropping the modem rental fee

Why rent when you can own?

If you’re willing to put in the half-hour or so it takes to configure it, buying your own modem and router could add up to hundreds of dollars in savings for a multi-year broadband plan. While it’s convenient to simply rent the hardware provided when you sign up, decent routers and modems can be bought outright for around the cost of a year in rental fees.[1]

Using your own hardware also opens up customization options that aren’t available for rented hardware. Installing custom firmware on a private router allows for advanced network monitoring and security, which is great if you have kids, roommates, or are simply worried about Wi-Fi-mooching neighbors. Not every modem is compatible with every provider, however, so if you relocate regularly it might be smarter to simply pay the monthly rental fee to avoid trouble when you switch.

Early termination fees and hidden costs

The fine print is sometimes small for a reason

Sign-up bonuses and other special offers can make it look really attractive to switch providers. In many cases, the savings are absolutely worth it. Anytime you sign a contract, though, it’s critical to factor in the length of the agreement and how much it’ll cost you if you leave. The final price you’ll pay once the promotion ends is far more important than the limited-time discount, especially if you’ll have to pay an ETF (early termination fee) to break out ahead of schedule. Rule of thumb: shop the final price, not the promo.[2]