Xfinity vs TDS: Side by Side Comparison

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Xfinity and TDS Telecom in 2022.

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Xfinity from Comcast and TDS Telecom are both considered to be among the country’s top internet service providers—Xfinity ranks as the largest cable provider in the U.S. and TDS Telecom is the 10th largest DSL provider as well as the 18th largest fiber provider. Both internet service providers offer plans with similar speeds and unlimited data. They also have options to bundle TV and home phone with your internet plan, which can help lower your monthly cost. While these similarities are important to keep in mind when choosing between the two, we also highlight the various differences below.

Xfinity vs TDS Overall Comparison

Xfinity vs TDS Overall Comparison

  • Speed

    50 Mbps -3 Gbps

  • Pricing


  • Service Type

    Cable, Fiber

  • Equipment Fee

    $14 a month

  • Data Cap

    Unlimited Data

  • Speed

    25 Mbps -1 Gbps

  • Pricing


  • Service Type

    DSL, Fiber, Cable, Copper

  • Equipment Fee

    $10 a month

  • Data Cap

    Unlimited Data

Xfinity from Comcast is available in 39 states to about 112.1 million people, making it the largest cable provider in the country. They also offer fiber services to their customers as well. Not only does Xfinity offer high-speed internet plans as well as plans with unlimited data, but customers can also choose from bundle services with TV and phone.

TDS Telecom provides internet service in 31 states. Its DSL service is available to 2.2 million people, which is why it is ranked as the 10th largest DSL provider. Their fiber service is also expansive with service offered to 559,000 people, which makes it the 18th largest fiber provider. TDS Telecom also offers internet plans with high-speed internet as well as plans with unlimited data and bundle options.

Xfinity vs TDS: Best Deals

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Xfinity vs TDS: Extra Fees and Contracts


If your home is already wired for Xfinity’s service, then you can choose free self-installation. You can simply have the tools and instructions shipped to you, or you can choose to pick it up. However, if your home needs wiring installed, a technician will need to come to your home and you can expect to pay a $90 fee for professional installation.

Depending on the plan you choose from TDS Telecom, you may be eligible for free installation, or a setup fee of $14.95, which includes professional installation where a technician will come out and install any wiring for you. If not, you may need to pay $49.95 for professional installation.

Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Although it’s more cost-effective to sign a 1-2 year contract with Xfinity, if you break this contract early, it will result in an early termination fee of $5 – $10 for every month that is left in your contract. If you know you’ll need to break your contract before it is up, you can choose to go contract-free for an additional monthly fee of $10. The xFi Gateway, which is Xfinity’s modem and router, costs $14 per month. Xfinity allows customers to use their own compatible equipment; however, you won’t receive the same benefits of using their equipment, such as smart features, tech support, and upgrades.

While most of TDS Telecom’s plans require a 2-year contract, all of their plans offer a 30-day money-back-guarantee trial. If you choose to end your service with TDS Telecom within that 30-day period, you need to make sure you cancel it before those days are up and ask for your money back as well. If you break your contract early, you may be responsible for an early termination fee. The monthly prices to rent equipment from TDS Telecom varies from $6.95-$12.95 depending on which plan you’ve chosen.

Data Caps

All of Xfinity’s plans come with no data caps. However, depending on the area you live in, your plan may have a very high data cap 1 TB. While most people won’t reach this in a month, if you feel that your household may exceed it, you can add unlimited data for an extra $30 per month. If you end up going over the 1 TB cap, Xfinity will automatically add on an additional 50 GB for $10.

TDS Telecom offers unlimited data on all of its plans, but similar to Xfinity, this depends on where you live. If you do not live in an area that receives unlimited data, then you may have a data cap of 250 GB.

Xfinity vs. TDS Internet Review

As of February 2021, BroadBandNow’s editorial team has surveyed 402 Xfinity customers and asked them to rate Xfinity on 6 different criteria - Reliability, Speed, Equipment, Support, Interaction, and Value.

Overall Xfinity customers rated them a 3.5 out of 5, which is ranked 8th of the 10 internet provider customers we surveyed in our study.

As of May 2022, BroadBandNow’s editorial team has not been able to survey enough TDS customers to provide a comprehensive understanding of how this service is meeting customers’ needs or expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Xfinity & TDS Telecom

  • Is Xfinity cheaper than TDS Telecom?

    Xfinity’s internet plans are overall more expensive than the plans offered by TDS Telecom. Xfinity’s cheapest plan is priced at $49.95/month, whereas TDS Telecom’s cheapest plan is $29.95/month. Xfinity’s most expensive plan is $299.95/month, which costs more than TDS Telecom’s most expensive plan at $109.95/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? Xfinity or TDS Telecom?

    Both Xfinity from Comcast and TDS Telecom’s speeds start at 15 Mbps. However, Xfinity offers speeds up to 2000 Mbps, whereas TDS Telecom’s speeds max at 1000 Mbps. These speeds may not be available in all areas that are serviced by these providers.

  • Do Xfinity and TDS Telecom have unlimited data?

    Both Xfinity and TDS Telecom offer unlimited data for all of their plans. Although, this varies depending on where you live. If unlimited data is not available in your area, Xfinity offers a high data cap of 1 TB and the option to add on unlimited data for an additional $30/month. In areas where TDS Telecom does not offer unlimited data, you can expect data caps of 250 GB to 500 GB.