Xfinity vs. Windstream

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Xfinity and Windstream Internet Service in 2021

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 Info

Price Range

$29.99-299.95/mo.

Windstream Info

Price Range

$45-75/mo.

Xfinity vs. Windstream Comparison
Provider Xfinity Windstream
Speed 50-2,000 Mbps 50-1,000 Mbps
Pricing $29.99-299.95/mo. $45-75/mo.
Service Type Cable or Fiber DSL, Fiber, Copper, Cable or Fixed Wireless
Xfinity vs. Windstream FEATURE COMPARISON
Provider Xfinity Windstream
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans Yes
Contract-Free Plans No Yes
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

Xfinity Internet Deals †

Last updated on 8/4/2021

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

Windstream Internet Deals †

Last updated on 8/3/2021

†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.

Xfinity Installation

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.

Windstream Installation

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.

Great Service

on October 06, 2019

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

on May 25, 2021

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.

Speed is so much better now!

on August 30, 2018

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.

on March 11, 2021

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.

Xfinity vs. Windstream Coverage Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions about Xfinity & Windstream Internet Services

  • Is Xfinity cheaper than Windstream?

    Windstream offers internet-only plans ranging from $26-75/month with speeds up to 1000 Mbps, which is cheaper than Xfinity’s ranging from $39.99-299.95/month. However, Xfinity highest-priced plans offer speeds up to 2000 Mbps. Coverage and pricing availability vary depending on your location.

  • Who has faster speeds? Xfinity or Windstream?

    Xfinity offers internet plans with speeds up to 2000 Mbps, which is faster than Windstream’s fastest speed of 1000 Mbps.

  • Do Xfinity and Windstream have unlimited data?

    Windstream does not have a data cap restriction with their plans. While Xfinity imposes a monthly cap of 1 TB for most of their plans, they offer the option of unlimited data for an extra fee of $50/month. Xfinity’s premium Gigabit and Gigabit Pro plans do not employ a data cap.

  • Do Xfinity and Windstream require a contract?

    Xfinity and Windstream both offer contract and contract-free options. With the exception of Xfinity’s Gigabit plans, which require a 24-month contract. Windstream internet plans never require a contract.