EarthLink vs Optimum: Extra Fees and Contracts
EarthLink’s internet plans charge a self-installation fee of $19.95 and a professional installation fee of $69.95.
EarthLink’s set-up fee for self-installation includes the shipping fee for the modem as well as a self-install kit. Professional installation is required for EarthLink’s Hyperlink plans.
Optimum customers are offered three installation options: free self-installation, standard installation, and premium installation.
Optimum’s standard installation costs $99, which comes with a coaxial cable, one wireless device, and the set-up of two outlets. For a one-time fee of $149, their premium installation includes the necessary hard-wiring for various in-home systems such as Smart TV, computers, alarm systems, and gaming systems.
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
EarthLink requires a one-year-long contract for all of its internet plans.
Depending on the plan chosen, EarthLink customers can expect to pay early termination fees ranging from $90-200 if they decide to end their contract early. Regarding equipment, EarthLink customers can lease a modem for a monthly fee of $6.95.
Optimum by Altice does not require a contract for its internet plans but offers a promotional rate with 1-year agreements.
If Optimum customers who opt for a contract end their agreement early, they will face early termination fees that vary according to the plan chosen. Similar to EarthLink, customers can expect to pay $10/month to rent a modem, although there is no fee for the router.
EarthLink does not have data cap restrictions on its internet plans.
Similar to EarthLink, Optimum’s internet plans do not employ any data caps.