Xfinity vs. Windstream

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Xfinity and Windstream Internet Service in 2022

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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 Overall Comparison

Xfinity vs Windstream Overall Comparison

  • Speed

    50 Mbps -3 Gbps

  • Pricing


  • Service Type

    Cable, Fiber

  • Equipment Fee

    $14 a month

  • Data Cap

    Unlimited Data

  • Speed

    50 Mbps -1 Gbps

  • Pricing


  • Service Type

    DSL, Fiber, Copper, Cable, Fixed Wireless

  • Equipment Fee

    $11 a month

  • Data Cap

    Unlimited Data

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.

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Xfinity vs Windstream: Extra Fees and Contracts


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.

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.

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.

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 internet-only plans do not implement a data cap, which means customers have access to unlimited monthly data.

Xfinity vs. Windstream 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 Windstream customers to provide a comprehensive understanding of how this service is meeting customers’ needs or expectations.

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.