Spectrum vs TDS: Extra Fees and Contracts
When you sign up for Spectrum, professional installation and self-installation are available. Depending on which plan you choose, professional installation fees range between $49.99-$199.99 but you don’t have to pay for the WiFi activation fee. On the other hand, self-installation does require a $9.99 activation fee but that’s it. Prepare to devote anywhere between 1-3 hours for professional installation. With self-installation, you only need to refer to Spectrum’s helpful guide on their online support page.
TDS Telecom internet plans come with professional installation or self-installation. Depending on the plan, you may be able to waive the $100 processing fee and the $49.95 professional installation fee. Self-installation does not require any fees, but there may be a $15 service charge. WiFi optimization will be performed by one of TDS Telecom’s technicians during a tech visit. Otherwise, you can self-install by referring to their website.
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
There are no contract requirements when you sign up for Spectrum.
You won’t have to deal with early termination fees that usually come with long-term agreements. If you switch to their service, Spectrum offers a contract buyout program of up to $500. On top of that, they give you a modem for free so you can avoid equipment fees. Spectrum’s internet plans have download speeds ranging between 100-940 Mbps and upload speeds ranging between 10-35 Mbps.
TDS Telecom requires a contract with a length of 1-2 years.
If you cancel the agreement early, you will have to pay an early termination fee equal to 50 percent of the unpaid balance, 100 percent of the outstanding balance on your contract, and the full equipment price. Early termination fees and equipment fees vary by location and depend on the customer. As for download and upload speeds, TDS Telecom internet speeds range anywhere between 1-1000 Mbps and 512 Kbps-400 Mbps, respectively.
All of Spectrum’s internet plans have unlimited data, so there are no data overage fees. It’s important to check with Spectrum to see which plans are available and how much their speeds vary based on your location.
Most TDS Telecom internet plans do not employ data caps, but unlimited data is not available in all areas. Some areas might have a 250 GB data cap with a $20 overage fee for each additional 250 GB used.