EarthLink vs AT&T Internet: Extra Fees and Contracts
With EarthLink’s HyperLink plans, they require professional installation at a one-time fee of $69.95.
Self-installation is offered to their DSL-only customers who pay $19.95 for a self-installation kit and modem shipping. In addition to the fee is an EarthLink-specific modem, which costs $6.95/month. There may be extra handling and shipping fees as well.
With AT&T Internet, there are two options: self-installation and professional installation.
If customers choose to self-install, the activation fee is $35. The fee for professional installation is typically $99. Included in their internet plans is a Wi-Fi Gateway, so purchasing or renting a modem and router is not necessary. The fee may be waived depending on the bundle offered.
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
EarthLink’s standard internet plans require a 12-month contract.
Depending on the plan, early termination fees can cost up to $200. Beyond the contract are additional fees that include equipment, handling and shipping, and a one-time installation fee. EarthLink requires a specific modem that they lease for $6.95/month. Keep in mind that EarthLink’s internet plans vary by location and are not available in all geographic areas.
AT&T Internet requires a 12-month contract for new customers; their agreements range from 1-2 years.
If the contract is breached, early termination fees can cost up to $180. Late fees can result up to $10 per bill. As for equipment fees, AT&T supplies a Wi-Fi gateway so customers do not need to buy or rent a modem and router. Depending on the bundles offered, equipment and installation fees may be waived.
EarthLink’s HyperLink plans have no data caps, which is great for power internet users. Customers can enjoy unlimited data and high speeds of up to 1000 Mbps.
AT&T Internet’s various plans offer unlimited data for an extra fee, but the standard data cap is 1 TB/month. An additional $10 is charged for every 50 GB used.