Frontier Communications vs. EarthLink: Extra Fees and Contracts
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’s expert installation fee can be waived if a customer chooses a qualified fiber internet plan. Otherwise, the fee costs $85.
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 per 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 has optional contracts, but no contract is required. The benefit of a contract is the fixed price for the contract duration and signup rewards, but if the contract is breached, be prepared to face early termination fees up to $400. There is also a non-return equipment rental fee of $150.
EarthLink doesn’t have data caps. Customers can enjoy high speeds of up to 1 Gbps and stream, download content, browse the internet, shop online, or game without any data limitations.
Frontier also doesn’t 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.