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Spectrum vs. Frontier

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Spectrum and Frontier Internet Service in 2020

According to our research, Spectrum and Frontier Communications are among the top internet providers in the United States. Both providers feature different plans and offer various prices and speeds. Along with internet service, Spectrum and Frontier also provide bundled options for TV and/or phone services. Showcased below is a side-by-side comparison detailing plans, pricing, speeds, and services of the two providers.

Spectrum Info


(844) 901-2981

$49.99-109.99/mo.

Frontier Info


(855) 915-4111

$27.99-79.99/mo.

Spectrum vs. Frontier Comparison Charter Spectrum Frontier Communications
Provider Spectrum Frontier
Speed 100-940 Mbps 3.0-940 Mbps
Pricing $49.99-109.99/mo. $27.99-79.99/mo.
Service Type Cable or Fiber DSL, Fiber, or Copper
Spectrum vs. Frontier Feature Comparison Charter Spectrum Frontier Communications
Provider Spectrum Frontier
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes
Contract-Free Plans Yes Select Plans
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

Spectrum Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/25/2020
  • $49.99 for 100 Mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • Setup: $9.99 (Includes self-installation activation.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 400 Mbps Cable
    • 400 Mbps ↓ and 20 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $94.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • Setup: $9.99 (Includes self-installation activation.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.
  • $109.99 for 940 Mbps Cable
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $129.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • In-Home WiFi included.
    • Setup: $199.99 (Includes professional installation. WiFi activation is free.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.

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

Frontier Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/19/2020
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $49.99 for 50 Mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 500 Mbps Fiber
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 500 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 940 Mbps Fiber
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 880 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $89.99.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.

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

Spectrum vs. Frontier Performance Overview

As the second largest cable provider in the U.S., Spectrum offers reliable, high-speed internet with no data caps, which means customers have access to unlimited data. With a variety of bundle and triple play options, Spectrum offers internet, TV, and phone service. However, there is only one internet-only plan to choose from starting at $44.99/month.

Frontier Communications offers a trifecta of broadband options that includes DSL, fiber, and copper internet. As the fifth largest DSL provider and the fourth largest fiber provider in the U.S., Plans start at $27.99/month and the speed ranges between 6-1000 Mbps depending on location, device, and usage. Frontier provides a wide range of internet options that can be bundled with phone and/or TV service.

Spectrum Installation

Spectrum offers two installation options: professional installation or self-installation.

If customers want to save money, then self-installation is the more affordable choice. Compared to a professional installation fee of $49.99, self-installation costs $9.99.

Frontier Installation

Frontier Communications also offers professional installation or self-installation.

The professional installation fee is $75, plus an additional $10/month equipment fee. There is no fee for self-installation, but a $9.99 delivery/handling fee is charged along with a $9.99 broadband processing fee. Please note that installation may take up to 8 hours once the technician arrives.

Spectrum
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Spectrum offers contract-free plans.

As a result, customers do not have to worry about cancellation fees or long-term agreements. There are, however, late payment fees, which can cost up to $8.95/month. With Spectrum, there are no additional equipment fees if customers opt to purchase their own router. If not, then Spectrum offers a Wi-Fi router rental for $5/month.

Frontier
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Like Spectrum, Frontier Communications does not require a contract with their plans but offers 1-2 year agreements.

If you do opt for a contract, keep in mind that early termination fees can cost up to $400. Equipment fees are $10/month with an additional $9.99 for delivery/handling fees and another $9.99 for the broadband processing fee.

Spectrum Data Caps

There are no data caps for Spectrum’s internet plans, so customers can enjoy high speeds without worrying about going over the data limit.

Frontier Data Caps

Frontier also does not have any data caps and therefore no data overage fees. Customers can download, stream, and play games with various high speeds.

Service Review

5.00 Stars

on October 29, 2019

Charter Spectrum

5 Stars all the way! Front desk scheduling any time of the day or night. Tech support calls no time limits, smart and always helpful, invested in your problem all the way. Thank you all so much for your kind attitude and willingness to help us.

Great service.

5.00 Stars

on October 09, 2020

Charter Spectrum

Spectrum is the best internet, awesome and support is top notch.

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.

Spectrum vs. Frontier Coverage Availability

Spectrum Coverage & Availability

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Frontier Coverage & Availability

Frontier Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spectrum & Frontier Internet Services

  • Is Spectrum cheaper than Frontier?

    Frontier Communication’s lowest-priced standalone internet plan is $27.99/month, which is a more affordable plan than Spectrum’s only internet plan starting at $44.99/month.Please note that availability for these prices depend on location.

  • Who has faster speeds? Spectrum or Frontier?

    Spectrum has high speeds of up to 940 Mbps whereas Frontier has high speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. These speed levels are great for larger households with several power-internet users.

  • Do Spectrum and Frontier have unlimited data?

    Both Spectrum and Frontier Communications do not employ data caps and offer unlimited data with their plans.

  • Do Spectrum and Frontier require a contract?

    Spectrum and Frontier Communications both offer contract-free plans. However, some bundles are more affordable with a 1 or 2 year contract.