EarthLink vs. Xfinity
Based on our study, EarthLink and Xfinity from Comcast are some of the top internet providers in the United States. Both providers supply a fiber-optic network for high-speed broadband services, EarthLink also offers DSL internet across 43 states whereas Xfinity offers cable internet across 40 states. There are a variety of prices and plans offered by EarthLink and Xfinity with significant differences outlined below.
|EarthLink vs. Xfinity Comparison|
|Speed||3-1,000 Mbps||15-2,000 Mbps|
|Service Type||DSL or Fiber||Cable or Fiber|
|EarthLink vs. Xfinity FEATURE COMPARISON|
|Unlimited Data||Yes||Select Plans|
|Contract-Free Plans||No||Select Plans|
EarthLink Internet Deals †Last updated on 10/17/2019
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with EarthLink.
Xfinity Internet Deals †Last updated on 4/12/2021
†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Xfinity.
EarthLink vs. Xfinity Performance Overview
EarthLink offers DSL and fiber broadband services and is the largest U.S. provider of DSL. Their DSL service is available to approximately 169.5 million people. Depending on the location, EarthLink offers internet plans with unlimited data and speeds ranging from 3-1000 Mbps, but does not offer phone or TV services.
Xfinity from Comcast is the largest cable provider in the U.S., with service available to over 111.6 million people. Along with cable services, Xfinity also provides a fiber-optic network in select regions. Xfinity customers have the option to bundle their internet with television and/or phone service.
EarthLink offers customers self-installation and professional installation options depending on the plan.
With the self-installation option, EarthLink has a one-time setup fee of $19.95 which includes shipping of a self-install kit and modem. EarthLink requires professional installation for $69.95 with select internet plans.
Xfinity offers professional installation and self-installation options.
Professional installation fees with Xfinity can range anywhere between $60-90 and is required for homes that have never been wired for Xfinity services. For homes that have been wired for Xfinity services, customers have the option to self-install. Self-installation includes a self-install kit that’s free of charge.
EarthLink Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
There are no contract-free plans available with EarthLink.
EarthLink internet plans require a one-year contract with early termination fees that range between $90-200. Additional fees may occur such as installation, shipping of equipment, and local taxes. Depending on the plan selected, EarthLink customers may be required to rent an EarthLink specific modem for an additional $6.95/month.
Xfinity Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Xfinity offers 12-month and 24-month long contracts.
The provider also offers a contract-free option for an additional $10/month. Contractless plans can be cancelled at anytime without any penalty fees. Xfinity customers who cancel their contract early will face early termination fees—that varies from plan to plan—for each remaining month in their contract. Fees to rent basic equipment start at $11/month, which includes a modem and router.
EarthLink Data Caps
There are no data cap restrictions on EarthLink’s internet plans.
Xfinity Data Caps
There is a 1 TB data cap on all of Xfinity’s internet plans. An additional 50 GB of data is available for $10 in select areas. Xfinity also provides the option to pay a flat fee of $50/month for unlimited data with any plan.
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.
I've been a customer of Xfinity for some time now and for some reason, my internet kept kicking all the devices off. I called to speak with someone to resolve my issue. Tech not only figured out my problem with my internet but also went above and beyond to help me with issues with my TV remote. Not only did he do that but he made sure to tell me about other services Xfinity provides. He is an amazing customer service representative. He made my experience great.
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