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EarthLink vs. Xfinity

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

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 Info


(866) 769-0186

$14.95-99.95/mo.

Xfinity Info


(844) 910-2674

$39.99-299.95/mo.

EarthLink vs. Xfinity Comparison EarthLink XFINITY from Comcast
Provider EarthLink Xfinity
Speed 3.0-1,000 Mbps 15-2,000 Mbps
Pricing $14.95-99.95/mo. $39.99-299.95/mo.
Service Type DSL or Fiber Cable or Fiber
EarthLink vs. Xfinity Feature Comparison EarthLink XFINITY from Comcast
Provider EarthLink Xfinity
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes No
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.

Xfinity Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/15/2020
  • $39.99 for 100 Mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $77.95.
    • Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months. Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming TV box + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 15 Mbps Cable
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and 2.0 Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 300 Mbps Cable
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months. Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming TV box + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 600 Mbps Cable
    • 600 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months. Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming TV box + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 1,000 Mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months. Rate is $89.99/mo for months 25-36. Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming TV box + Voice Remote included. | Student-exclusive offer: Free $150 Visa® Prepaid Card and 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited.
    • Setup: Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $299.95 for 2,000 Mbps Fiber
    • 2,000 Mbps ↓ and 2,000 Mbps
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.

†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 Installation

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 Installation

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.

Great Service

5.00 Stars

on October 06, 2019

XFINITY from Comcast

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.

Excellent customer care agent

5.00 Stars

on September 10, 2020

XFINITY from Comcast

I had a very nice experience with the customer service rep located in the Philippines service center on 9/10/20. She was very caring and seemed dedicated to providing excellent services. Thanks for having her and hope she is rewarded for her efforts.

EarthLink vs. Xfinity Coverage Availability

EarthLink Coverage & Availability

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Xfinity Coverage & Availability

XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about EarthLink & Xfinity Internet Services

  • Is EarthLink cheaper than Xfinity?

    EarthLink’s internet plans are more affordable than Xfinity’s but offer slower speeds. Currently, EarthLink’s DSL plans start at $14.95/month with speeds up to 3 Mbps whereas Xfinity’s internet-only cable plans start at $39.99/month for 100 Mbps.

  • Who has faster speeds? EarthLink or Xfinity?

    Xfinity offers speeds up to 2000 Mbps with select plans while EarthLink offers speeds up to 1000 Mbps with select plans. Access to these speeds depend on the coverage availability and your location.

  • Do EarthLink and Xfinity have unlimited data?

    EarthLink offers unlimited data with all plans. Xfinity customers can purchase unlimited data with any plan for an extra monthly fee of $50.

  • Do EarthLink and Xfinity require a contract?

    EarthLink requires customers to sign a one-year contract for all internet plans. Xfinity offers 1-2 year contracts or the option to go contract-free for an additional monthly charge of $10.