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.
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.