Frontier vs XFINITY: Side by Side Comparison

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Frontier vs XFINITY

Xfinity and Frontier both offer modern, rapidly expanding networks that usually combine fiber and other technologies to deliver some of the fastest broadband on the residential market. For consumers, choosing between Xfinity and Frontier Communications comes down to fine print details including network type, special offers, and TV options.

Frontier Communications AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 275-7738
  • Support: (800) 921-8101

(844) 275-7738

$24.99 to $30 / mo.

12 mbps to 100 mbps

Up to 100 mbps



Current: 41st ↓ (-1)


  • Sales: (844) 246-9494
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 246-9494


25 mbps to 1,000 mbps

2.0 mbps to 35 mbps



Current: 2nd (0)


One of the largest DSL and fiber broadband providers in the US, Frontier Communications offers Internet, TV, and phone to consumers and businesses. Their fiber offerings are sometimes marketed as “Frontier FiOS,” and utilize fiber networks the company purchased from Verizon in 2016.


Xfinity by Comcast provides broadband internet, cable TV, and phone service via their hybrid fiber coaxial network. Xfinity is one of the most widely available cable Internet providers in the US.


  • $24.99 for 30 mbps Fiber
    • 30 mbps ↓ and 30 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • $50 Amazon Gift Card
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 275-7738 to setup service.
  • $25 for 12 mbps DSL
    • 12 mbps ↓ and 1.5 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 275-7738 to setup service.
  • $30 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 100 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Free 1 month trial of HBO.
    • Setup: $75.00 (Includes installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $5/mo
    • Call (844) 275-7738 to setup service.
  • $30 for 18 mbps DSL
    • 18 mbps ↓ and 1.5 mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 275-7738 to setup service.
Last updated on 2/19/2018

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


    Our data team hasn't been able to find publically available plans from XFINITY

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


We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Frontier doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.


We have found plans that include datacaps. XFINITY offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.


Frontier offers broadband internet, TV, and phone services through DSL and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections.

Frontier’s DSL offerings leverage the company’s existing phone infrastructure to deliver internet access anywhere with landline access. While DSL is an older technology and offers correspondingly slower bandwidth speeds, DSL is generally more cost effective than its alternatives.[3]

Frontier’s fiber or fiber-to-the-home connections, on the other hand, deliver a fiber optic connection directly to homes and businesses. This direct fiber connection is considered state-of-the-art, creating the fastest connection speeds and lowest latency when compared to other technologies like DSL and traditional cable Internet.


Xfinity by Comcast offers Internet, TV, and phone service to consumers primarily via their hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network. They are also rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installations in some regions.

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks are used globally by cable providers to deliver broadband internet access to consumers. In short, HFC networks deliver a fiber optic connection to a node within a neighborhood, which then branches off to service 25-2000 homes.[4] By using this network structure, Comcast and other cable providers are able to take advantage of their existing coaxial infrastructure to offer competitive broadband speeds at a lower up-front installation cost to the company.

In the case of FTTH installation, fiber optic cable is run directly to consumers residences or businesses. This network structure is preferred over hybrid networks. Unfortunately, they aren’t widely available due to the high costs associated with running fiber optic cable.


34%34% Customer Rating

34.4% recommendation rating according to 16,211 verified Frontier users.


40%40% Customer Rating

40.4% recommendation rating according to 142,753 verified XFINITY users.


Frontier Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.


XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Buying or renting a modem and router

Many Internet users can save big with their own equipment

The small price of renting a modem and/or router from your provider may look small, but that five or ten dollars a month adds up quickly — in fact, the cost of a decent router can usually pay for itself within a year. After that, it’s just money in the provider’s pocket.[1]

If you don’t move regularly and are willing to spend a half hour configuring your own equipment, buying your own modem and router is a no-brainer. Additionally, using your own equipment opens up more options so far as security and monitoring your network for power users.

TV matters: big differences in channels and content

Xfinity and Frontier Communications offer very different video options

The TV market is rapidly changing thanks to advances in on-demand technology and increased competition from online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This is great for consumers, but it also creates a lot to consider compared to the simple “how many channels?” decisions of previous decades.

Customers who watch more than average TV should strongly consider the value offered by a dedicated TV subscription compared to “cord cutting” options like YouTube, especially considering the increasing popularity among providers of “data caps” that put a limit on how much data some subscribers can download within a month.[2]

Last updated on 2/19/2018.

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