Spectrum vs. Frontier

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Spectrum and Frontier Internet Service in 2021

According to our research, Spectrum and Frontier Communications are among the top internet providers in the United States. Both providers feature different plans and offer various prices and speeds. Along with internet service, Spectrum and Frontier also provide bundled options for TV and/or phone services. Showcased below is a side-by-side comparison detailing plans, pricing, speeds, and services of the two providers.

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Spectrum vs. Frontier Comparison
Provider Spectrum Frontier
Speed 200-1,000 Mbps 30-940 Mbps
Pricing $49.99-109.99/mo. $49.99-74.99/mo.
Service Type Cable or Fiber DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless or Copper
Spectrum vs. Frontier FEATURE COMPARISON
Provider Spectrum Frontier
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes
Contract-Free Plans Yes Select Plans
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

Spectrum Internet Deals †

Last updated on 11/16/2021

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

Frontier Internet Deals †

Last updated on 11/30/2021

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

Spectrum vs. Frontier Performance Overview

As the second largest cable provider in the U.S., Spectrum offers reliable, high-speed internet with no data caps, which means customers have access to unlimited data. With a variety of bundle and triple play options, Spectrum offers internet, TV, and phone service. However, there is only one internet-only plan to choose from starting at $44.99/month.

Frontier Communications offers a trifecta of broadband options that includes DSL, fiber, and copper internet. As the fifth largest DSL provider and the fourth largest fiber provider in the U.S., Plans start at $27.99/month and the speed ranges between 6-1000 Mbps depending on location, device, and usage. Frontier provides a wide range of internet options that can be bundled with phone and/or TV service.

Spectrum Installation

Spectrum offers two installation options: professional installation or self-installation.

If customers want to save money, then self-installation is the more affordable choice. Compared to a professional installation fee of $49.99, self-installation costs $9.99.

Frontier Installation

Frontier Communications also offers professional installation or self-installation.

The professional installation fee is $75, plus an additional $10/month equipment fee. There is no fee for self-installation, but a $9.99 delivery/handling fee is charged along with a $9.99 broadband processing fee. Please note that installation may take up to 8 hours once the technician arrives.

Spectrum Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Spectrum offers contract-free plans.

As a result, customers do not have to worry about cancellation fees or long-term agreements. There are, however, late payment fees, which can cost up to $8.95/month. With Spectrum, there are no additional equipment fees if customers opt to purchase their own router. If not, then Spectrum offers a Wi-Fi router rental for $5/month.

Frontier Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Like Spectrum, Frontier Communications does not require a contract with their plans but offers 1-2 year agreements.

If you do opt for a contract, keep in mind that early termination fees can cost up to $400. Equipment fees are $10/month with an additional $9.99 for delivery/handling fees and another $9.99 for the broadband processing fee.

Spectrum Data Caps

There are no data caps for Spectrum’s internet plans, so customers can enjoy high speeds without worrying about going over the data limit.

Frontier Data Caps

Frontier also does not have any data caps and therefore no data overage fees. Customers can download, stream, and play games with various high speeds.

Service Review

on October 29, 2019

5 Stars all the way! Front desk scheduling any time of the day or night. Tech support calls no time limits, smart and always helpful, invested in your problem all the way. Thank you all so much for your kind attitude and willingness to help us.

Excellent customer service

on August 17, 2021

The rep who assisted me is excellent (Brighton/Reno store) she is smart, patient, and kind. Thank you for helping me during a difficult time.

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!!!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spectrum & Frontier Internet Services

  • Is Spectrum cheaper than Frontier?

    Frontier Communication’s lowest-priced standalone internet plan is $27.99/month, which is a more affordable plan than Spectrum’s only internet plan starting at $44.99/month.Please note that availability for these prices depend on location.

  • Who has faster speeds? Spectrum or Frontier?

    Spectrum has high speeds of up to 940 Mbps whereas Frontier has high speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. These speed levels are great for larger households with several power-internet users.

  • Do Spectrum and Frontier have unlimited data?

    Both Spectrum and Frontier Communications do not employ data caps and offer unlimited data with their plans.

  • Do Spectrum and Frontier require a contract?

    Spectrum and Frontier Communications both offer contract-free plans. However, some bundles are more affordable with a 1 or 2 year contract.