Frontier vs WOW!: Side by Side Comparison

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Frontier Communications and WOW! in 2021.

Frontier Communications and WOW! both offer various internet and cable services in the U.S. Frontier offers customers the option between fiber, DSL, and copper internet access while WOW! provides fiber, cable, and DSL internet. Both internet providers offer bundle and triple play plans, which means you can combine TV and/or phone services with your internet. For customers that don’t have access to fiber internet options or require lower download speeds, they can opt for a DSL or copper plan from Frontier or a DSL or cable plan from WOW!.

Albeit their similarities, Frontier Communications and WOW! have a variety of crucial differences—from pricing to data restrictions to contract requirements. Learn more below!

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Frontier vs. WOW! Comparison
Provider Frontier WOW!
Speed 30-940 Mbps 100-1,000 Mbps
Pricing $49.99-74.99/mo. $24.99-59.99/mo.
Service Type DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless or Copper Cable, Fiber, DSL or Copper
Provider Frontier WOW!
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Select Plans
Contract-Free Plans Select Plans Yes
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

Frontier Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/14/2021

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

WOW! Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/14/2021

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

Frontier vs. WOW! Performance Overview

As the 5th largest DSL provider, Frontier Communications is available to over 30.5 million people across 26 states. Frontier does offer fiber services in select locations. With their fiber services available to about 9.5 million people, Frontier is considered the 5th largest fiber provider in the U.S. If you’re looking to bundle your services with TV and/or home phone, there are various double and triple play options available with access to FiberOptic or Vantage TV services in select plans.

WOW! is available across 10 states to over 7.2 million people making them the 6th largest cable provider based on coverage area. Currently, fiber coverage is an option only available for businesses in over 179 zip codes. Though fiber is currently not an option for residential users, WOW!’s cable internet boasts speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in select areas. You also have the option to bundle your internet with TV and/or phone services.

Frontier Communications Installation

Frontier has the option between professional and self-installation available.

For customers who haven’t had Frontier services before or are more comfortable having a certified technician install the equipment, there’s an activation fee up to $85. After making an appointment, your technician will bring all the necessary tools and gear to install. Those looking to save on activation fees can ask about the two-year agreement or available self-installation options. If you qualify for a self-install, Frontier will send you a kit to guide you through the install process. You might be responsible for shipping and handling fees unless you signed up during a promotion for waived fees.

WOW! Installation

Customers have the choice between a professional installation or self-install with WOW!.

Considering the health of their customers, WOW! is offering a contact-free installation for no additional cost (normally a $50 fee) with specific plans online. The visit will include the certified technician installing your WOW! equipment. Self-installation allows customers the flexibility of installing their equipment when they have time and saves up to $30 depending on the plan. WOW! provides how-to guides on their website with directions for self-installation.

Frontier Communications Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

To stay competitive with other providers, Frontier now offers customers the option between contract and contract-free plans.

While month-to-month pricing is available, customers that want additional savings and won’t be moving for a few years can sign up for a 1-2 year contract. By signing a contract with Frontier, you can get prices that will remain the same for the lifetime of your contract. If you need to end your contract before the end date, early termination fees, or ETFs, can cost up to $400. Frontier also charges customers up to $10/month for the WiFi and modem rental. While you can purchase your modem and router, remember to ask Frontier about compatible equipment and what services they’ll warranty if a problem arises. Frontier offers download speeds of 6-940 Mbps and upload speeds between 50-880 Mbps.

WOW! Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

WOW! offers customers with contract-free plans alongside their one- and two-year contract options.

Keep in mind that the monthly plan pricing may increase if you decide to go contract-free; however, if you’re unsure of your current living situations, then a month-to-month plan can save you up to $345 in early termination fees. With each month you stay with your contract, WOW! will decrease your ETF by $15. Don’t worry if you haven’t bought your modem yet because WOW! will rent modems with WiFi for up to $10/month. WOW! also offers a compatible modem sheet if you want to purchase your modem and router to skip out on monthly equipment fees. Typically, download speeds with WOW! range between 100-1,000 Mbps and upload speeds are around 10-50 Mbps.

Frontier Communications Data Caps

Frontier offers unlimited data on most of their plans, starting at $27.99/month. Frontier has plans that provide higher speeds in specific locations for those who have an unlimited plan but are looking for faster internet.

WOW! Data Caps

Currently, WOW! has no data caps or data overage fees outlined in any of their plans. Customers can enjoy unlimited data starting at $44.99/month for speeds up to 100 Mpbs. Faster speeds are available in select plans and areas.

FiberOptic is top notch

on July 28, 2019

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 FiberOptic service.

Great Service

on April 21, 2021

Great customer service!! My service technician, went above and beyond to make sure everything with our power box was working correctly after it broke due to a power outage. He even checked out our router, even though I didn't call about it because I mentioned we lose connection a few times a month. My router was a piece of original and old equipment so he gave us a new one which should help with the disconnection we experience and WOW, our internet speed is much faster now. After hearing everyone's nightmare with Frontier's terrible customer service and them not showing up, I was expecting the worst, but they have stepped up their game and I was very happy and can't say enough positive things about the service I received. Thank you!!!

Cheap and Reliable

on September 18, 2019

100 down and 10 up is a great price at under $30. I wish their 200 down had 20 up, but it is still only 10 up.


on January 06, 2021

WOW is amazing. An honest company that does business right!! From the service tech to the customer service, we've never had a problem. They worked with us to find a plan that we can afford. They have always gone above and beyond in every situation for years. Thank you WOW.

Frontier vs. WOW! Coverage Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions about Frontier Communications & WOW!

  • Is Frontier Communications cheaper than WOW!?

    Frontier Communications’ cheapest plan costs $27.99/month for 6 Mbps or $4.67 per Mbps. WOW!’s most inexpensive plan starts at $44.99/month for 100 Mbps, so $0.45 per Mbps. While Frontier is cheaper monthly, WOW! is less expensive per Mbps.

  • Who has faster speeds? Frontier Communications or WOW!?

    Frontier Communications offers speeds up to 940 Mbps while WOW! offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. While both Frontier and WOW! speeds are comparable they may only be available in particular locations with specific plans.

  • Do Frontier Communications and WOW! have unlimited data?

    Both Frontier Communications and WOW! promote unlimited data with each of their plans. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a variety of speeds from each provider.