Xfinity vs WOW!: Side by Side Comparison
Broadband offerings from Xfinity and WOW! Vary considerably based on location, but the big picture is the same — higher than average internet speeds for mid-level monthly fees. Both providers offer the option to bundle TV and phone services with internet. While Xfinity is the largest cable provider in the nation, WOW! holds their ground with no data caps and plan transparency in the locations where they are available. Below you can see how these ISPs compare head to head.
|Xfinity vs. WOW! Comparison|
|Speed||50-2,000 Mbps||100-1,000 Mbps|
|Service Type||Cable or Fiber||Cable, Fiber, DSL or Copper|
|Xfinity vs. WOW! FEATURE COMPARISON|
|Unlimited Data||Select Plans||Select Plans|
Xfinity Internet Deals †Last updated on 8/4/2021
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Xfinity.
WOW! Internet Deals †Last updated on 7/30/2021
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with WOW!.
Xfinity vs. WOW! Performance Overview
Xfinity is the largest cable provider in the United States. They offer broadband services in 40 states to an estimated 111.6 million people, 18,000 being fiber customers. Their internet download speeds range from 15-2000 Mbps and Xfinity provides TV with their Xfinity X1 (Xfinity’s 4k streaming device), phone, and home security services with different options when bundling.
WOW! is the 6th largest cable provider in the United States, providing service to 7.2 million residents in the U.S. They offer both cable and fiber internet plans with download speeds varying from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. With four internet plan tiers to choose from, WOW! offers customers the option to bundle with add-on home wifi, home phone, service protection plan, internet equipment, or tv streaming services — YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, or Philo TV.
Xfinity provides a self-install kit that can be picked up at any Xfinity store for free or be delivered for up to $29.95.
Like Xfinity, WOW! also supplies a self-installation kit that is delivered directly to your address. There is no cost associated with their self-install option as well as no fees to activate your internet service.
Xfinity Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Xfinity requires a 1-year term agreement that comes with an early termination fee of $110 should you opt out of your contract early. Depending on the internet plan selected, they offer contract-free plans at a higher monthly rate. Xfinity offers download speeds ranging from 15-2000 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-2000 Mbps. You can rent an xFi gateway (Xfinity’s wireless modem) for $14 per month or Xfinity’s mesh network and unlimited data can be added for $25 per month. You can save on equipment fees by opting to use your own Xfinity-compatible modem and wireless router.
WOW! Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
WOW! has no contracts on any of the plans that they offer and therefore have no early termination fees. Their internet download speeds range from 100-1000 Mbps and their upload speeds range from 5-50 Mbps. WOW! recommends that you provide your own modem and router but offers to rent a modem for $10/month and wifi router for $10/month — unless you sign up for their 1 Gig plan, which includes whole-home wifi at no extra cost.
Xfinity Data Caps
Xfinity employs a data cap of 1.2 TB on all of their plans except for their GigabitPro plan. If you go over the data cap limit, you will be charged $10 for each additional 50 GB used, up to a maximum of $100 per month. Xfinity offers unlimited data with select plans. If you have a modem, then unlimited data will be an additional $30 a month; or you can add xFi Complete which uses Xfinity’s xFi Gateway (Xfinity’s wireless modem) to get unlimited data for $25 a month. If you already have an xFi Gateway, you can upgrade to xFi Complete for an additional monthly fee of $11 for unlimited data.
WOW! Data Caps
WOW! currently does not have data cap limitations on any of their internet plans.
First time Xfinity subscriber. Exceeded my expectations. I can honestly say I was very impressed with all aspects of Xfinity. I just purchased a home in Delray Beach FL. From the initial appointment call to complete installation, Xfinity exceeded my expectations. Very impressed with the Tech. The tech arrived early. He introduced himself and ask me about my expectations. He explained what he was going to do and would have me watching NFL football today. Walked me through the setup and all options of the remote. I ordered cable and internet. I will say the internet service is faster than others. Very impressed with Xfinity.
Great internet service experience
I had a problem with internet connectivity. The service person from Xfinity who came today (May 25) was outstanding. He was courteous, knowledgeable, and patient -- a real pro. He checked outdoor connections, the indoor cable, the modem, etc., and kept going until the problem was resolved. I hope Xfinity gives him a commendation for his great work.
Cheap and Reliable
100 down and 10 up is a great price at under $30. I wish their 200 down had 20 up, but it is still only 10 up.
WOW is amazing. An honest company that does business right!! From the service tech to the customer service, we've never had a problem. They worked with us to find a plan that we can afford. They have always gone above and beyond in every situation for years. Thank you WOW.
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