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EarthLink vs. Frontier

A Side-by-Side Comparison of EarthLink and Frontier Internet Service in 2020

EarthLink and Frontier Communications are household names in the U.S. internet provider industry. Both providers offer high-speed fiber internet with varying speeds. They also have DSL options that are more affordable but might not be the best option for those who stream and download content more frequently. Frontier acquired the FiOS network from Verizon, making it a widely used provider for internet as well as cable. There are fundamental differences between the two providers that are outlined below, including fees, installation, and contracts.

EarthLink Info


(866) 769-0186

$14.95-99.95/mo.

Frontier Info


(855) 915-4111

$27.99-74.99/mo.

EarthLink vs. Frontier Comparison EarthLink Frontier Communications
Provider EarthLink Frontier
Speed 3.0-1,000 Mbps 3.0-940 Mbps
Pricing $14.95-99.95/mo. $27.99-74.99/mo.
Service Type DSL or Fiber DSL, Fiber, or Copper
EarthLink vs. Frontier Feature Comparison EarthLink Frontier Communications
Provider EarthLink Frontier
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes
Contract-Free Plans No Select Plans
TV Service No Yes
Phone Service No Yes

EarthLink Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/17/2019
  • $14.95 for 3.0 Mbps DSL
    • 3.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $39.95.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $90 ETF
    • Setup: $19.95 (Includes shipping of modem and self-install kit.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $19.95 for 6 Mbps DSL
    • 6.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $44.95.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $90 ETF
    • Setup: $19.95 (Includes shipping of modem and self-install kit.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $19.95 for 7 Mbps DSL
    • 7.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $49.95.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $90 ETF
    • Setup: $19.95 (Includes shipping of modem and self-install kit.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $24.95 for 15 Mbps DSL
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $54.95.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $90 ETF
    • Setup: $19.95 (Includes shipping of modem and self-install kit.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 50 Mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.95.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $200 ETF
    • Setup: $69.95 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $69.95 for 80 Mbps Fiber
    • 80 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $200 ETF
    • Setup: $69.95 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $79.95 for 100 Mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $200 ETF
    • Setup: $69.95 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $89.95 for 200 Mbps Fiber
    • 200 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $200 ETF
    • Setup: $69.95 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.
  • $99.95 for 1,000 Mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $200 ETF
    • Setup: $69.95 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem: $6.95/mo
    • Call (866) 769-0186 to setup service.

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

Frontier Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/19/2020
  • $27.99 for 6 Mbps DSL
    • 6.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $29.99 for 50 Mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $39.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $34.99 for 25 Mbps DSL
    • 25 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $39.99 for 100 Mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $49.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $39.99 for 500 Mbps Fiber
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 500 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Rate increases to $49.99 for months 13-24. A $3.99/mo broadband surcharge also applies.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $44.99 for 90 Mbps DSL
    • 90 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.
  • $74.99 for 940 Mbps Fiber
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 880 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • WiFi router service fee is free for 12 months, $10/mo thereafter.
    • Setup: An activation fee of $85 ($49 for NY fiber) and a $10 broadband processing fee upon disconnection of service apply.
    • Call (844) 829-1466 to setup service.

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

EarthLink vs. Frontier Performance Overview

As the largest DSL provider in the U.S., EarthLink recently upgraded their internet service to HyperLink, offering fiber internet and high speeds. At this time, their high-speed fiber internet is available in 21 states, with the fastest connection up to 1000 Mbps. Ten songs can be downloaded in 9 seconds or a 1-hour TV show in less than a minute.

Frontier Communications’ internet plans start at $27.99/month, with speeds ranging between 6-1000 Mbps. Prices and speeds vary depending on location and availability. Currently, Frontier covers 29 states in the U.S. Between Frontier DSL, Frontier Fios, and copper internet, customers have the option to choose one that suits their needs.

EarthLink Installation

Self-installation is available for EarthLink’s DSL plans for $19.95, which provides a self-install kit.

Self-installation is not an option for their fiber internet. Professional installation costs a one-time fee of $69.95. For the DSL internet plans, EarthLink recommends that customers use their specific modem rather than one they already own.

Frontier Installation

Frontier Communications’ installation fee can be waived if a customer decides to self-install.

A $9.99 fee still applies for equipment delivery; customers can rent equipment for an additional $10/month during the contract term. Professional installation costs $75.

EarthLink
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

EarthLink contracts are all 12-month agreements with early termination fees up to $200.

Customers can rent a modem from EarthLink for $6.95/month. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Failure to pay may cost the customer a penalty fee per occurrence per circuit as it is considered a breach of contract.

Frontier
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Frontier has the option of 2-year contracts, but no contract is required.

The benefit of a contract is the fixed price for the contract duration, but if the contract is breached, be prepared to face early termination fees up to $400. There is also a monthly $10 rental fee for the modem and router.

EarthLink Data Caps

EarthLink does not have data caps. Customers can enjoy high speeds of up to 1000 Mbps and stream, download content, browse the internet, shop online, or game without any data limitations.

Frontier Data Caps

Frontier also does not have any data caps or data overage fees. With a wide variety of unlimited data plans, customers can download, stream, and play games without any data restrictions.

FIOS is top notch

5.00 Stars

on July 28, 2019

Frontier Communications

Installer was very knowledgeable about how networks work and quickly patched in my line where I needed it. 6 months in and I saw an ad for 500/500 for the same price I had been paying for 200/200. A quick chat with sales and I upgraded for free. Highly recommend Frontier FIOS service.

Outstanding Field Technician Service After 4 Months of Terrible Customer Service

3.00 Stars

on July 23, 2020

Frontier Communications

We have been trying to add Internet to our account since March. We have seen 5 field technicians, all of whom said they could not find the telephone box and then told us they would have a signals specialist sent out and provide a quote for a new dropped line. The last tech who assisted us was a problem solver and did not give up until he found the phone box at the house when all the others gave up. He was polite, informative, and efficient and got our Internet up and running. He should be your standard for all technicians. He saved the company from losing our service.

EarthLink vs. Frontier Coverage Availability

EarthLink Coverage & Availability

EarthLink Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frontier Coverage & Availability

Frontier Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about EarthLink & Frontier Internet Services

  • Is EarthLink cheaper than Frontier?

    Frontier Communications’ internet plans range between $27.99-199.99/month while EarthLink’s plans start at $14.95-99.95/month. Plans depend on location and availability, so customers may find more affordable plans with EarthLink than Frontier or vice versa. Both providers offer immense value to customers at both price points.

  • Who has faster speeds? EarthLink or Frontier?

    EarthLink’s speed ranges from 3-1000 Mbps, which is similar to Frontier Communications’ 6-1000 Mbps. EarthLink may have more coverage and therefore more internet speeds than Frontier or vice versa—this varies by location and availability.

  • Do EarthLink and Frontier have unlimited data?

    Both providers offer unlimited data for all of their internet plans which is beneficial for power-internet users.

  • Do EarthLink and Frontier require a contract?

    Frontier Communications offers contract-free options, whether customers opt for DSL or fiber. On the other hand, all of EarthLink’s plans require a 12-month contract.