Xfinity vs. Windstream
Xfinity from Comcast and Windstream both offer a variety of high-speed internet plans and premium service packages for internet users in the U.S. While Xfinity provides internet access primarily through a cable and fiber network, Windstream serves its customers with DSL, copper, fixed wireless, as well as cable and fiber networks. Coverage availability varies depending on location and service tier. Both providers offer television and phone services, in addition to internet. As detailed below, each provider offers multiple plans designed for different budgets and usage needs.
|Xfinity vs. Windstream Comparison|
|Speed||50-3,000 Mbps||50-1,000 Mbps|
|Service Type||Cable or Fiber||DSL, Fiber, Copper, Cable or Fixed Wireless|
|Xfinity vs. Windstream FEATURE COMPARISON|
|Unlimited Data||Select Plans||Yes|
|Contract-Free Plans||Select Plans||Yes|
Xfinity Internet Deals †Last updated on 12/7/2021
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Xfinity.
Windstream Internet Deals †Last updated on 11/20/2021
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Windstream.
Xfinity vs. Windstream Performance Overview
Ranked as the largest cable provider in the U.S., Xfinity from Comcast’s broadband services are available to more than 110 million people in 39 states. Most of these customers are connected via hybrid fiber coaxial connections—a combination of cable and fiber—although the company does operate a growing fiber-only network. Xfinity offers bundled television and phone services alongside its internet service.
As the sixth largest DSL provider in the U.S., Windstream’s service is available to more than 13 million people in 50 states. Along with cable, Windstream also offers high-speed fiber internet to select regions. While Windstream also offers television and phone services, its television feed is a high-speed internet streaming service rather than traditional cable television. For customers with DSL connections, Windstream often partners with the satellite provider Dish Network to offer bundled television service.
Installation fees for most Xfinity internet-only packages run from $60-90, depending on equipment and plan.
However, Xfinity’s top-tier Gigabit and Gigabit Pro services carry an installation fee that can cost up to $299.95, along with an activation fee. Some customers can reduce their upfront cost with self-installation, which costs $15 for a self-install kit. Bundling internet with television or phone services can also reduce installation fees in some instances.
Most Windstream internet-only plans include a $35 professional installation charge and a $50 activation fee.
The professional installation fee does cover the cost of installing new coaxial cable jacks.Windstream sometimes runs promotions in which one or both of these fees may be waived for customers who order their service online. There is no self-installation fee if customers opt to self-install.
Xfinity Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Xfinity’s internet-only plans are available in both 12-month contract and no-contract options.
Xfinity customers can go contract-free for an extra fee of $10/month. If you do opt for a 1-year agreement, a monthly early termination fee will apply for the remaining months of your term if the contract is terminated early. Regarding equipment fees, Xfinity offers basic equipment rental for $11/month. Some customers may be able to avoid this charge by providing their own equipment. Taxes and regulatory fees will vary by location.
Windstream Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Most Windstream plans do not require a contract.
Windstream customers who opt for a 1-year contract are offered great promotional rates as low as $26/month. Depending on your plan and location, customers should expect to pay a monthly modem rental charge of $9.99-11.99/month. Some plans allow customers to use their own equipment without renting from the provider. Taxes and regulatory fees will also vary by location.
Xfinity Data Caps
Most Xfinity plans come with a data cap of 1 TB/month, but their top-tier Gigabit and Gigabit Pro plans offer unlimited data. If customers happen to go over the allotted amount, they can pay $10 for each additional 50 GB used (up to $200) or opt for unlimited data for an additional fee of $50/month.
Windstream Data Caps
Windstream internet-only plans do not implement a data cap, which means customers have access to unlimited monthly data.
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.
This was my first time using Xfinity cable services and I absolutely loved it! I never had an issue. Unfortunately, I do have to disconnect my services, due to moving to a location where Xfinity is not offered. I wanted to recognize the service rep, she was absolutely amazing. She answered all my questions on how to cancel my service. She even gave me the mover's department contact to help me find a new and awesome wifi system in my new area. I was blown away by her kindness. She wished me good luck with my move and gave me a positive outlook during all of my frustrations. She was so kind and comforting and deserves to be recognized greatly!!
Speed is so much better now!
5 years ago, we struggled with connecting to the internet with Windstream. 3 years ago, Windstream ran fiber to Mount Vernon and upgraded to bonded DSL and we immediately jumped to 25Mbps. They are now running fiber closer to our home which will result in speeds jumping to 50Mbps.
Ok for email, and Streaming video, not any good for Steam server loses signal.
Have had Windstream for years. Ok for email and works most of the time on video streaming. Only have dual DSL. Works for streaming sometimes then crashes steam server connection. Upload is very slow, like 1.4mbps. It will download at 20mbps max.
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