Spectrum vs AT&T

We like the sweet spot Spectrum’s single internet hits, but if it’s not enough, you’ll need to go with AT&T.
Best for most
Advertised Price
$44.99
Download speeds
200 Mbps
Best for high speeds
Advertised Price
$50$90
Download speeds
1001000 Mbps

Overview

If you’re tired of slow internet speeds or data cap overages, then both Spectrum and AT&T can relieve your burden. But if you’re choosing between the two, you’ll want to decide what’s more important to you: price or speed.

If 100 Mbps and no data caps sounds good, Spectrum is your best bet. For anyone who needs higher speeds (up to 1 Gig), or is looking to bundle with DIRECTV, then AT&T is your winner.

Spectrum vs. AT&T overview

ProviderSpectrum InternetAT&T InternetAT&T Fiber
Advertised Price$44.99*$40$50$50$90
Download speeds200 Mbps5100 Mbps1001000 Mbps
Data CapUnlimited1 TB1 TBUnlimited
Learn moreView PlansView PlansView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

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Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet price comparison

Spectrum has the right price, but maybe not the right speed. AT&T charges more, but it offers higher speeds (in some locations).

All but the biggest speed demons will do just fine with Spectrum’s single 100 Mbps plan. AT&T can match that speed, but you’ll have to pay more.

Spectrum prices and plans

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Spectrum Internet$44.99/mo.*200 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.

If you’re a big gamer, or you watch a lot of HD video streams, 100 Mbps works fine. But if you can afford it, extra bandwidth and speed is always a bonus. Big families may want to opt for the higher-priced, higher-speed 300 Mbps or 1 Gig plans from AT&T, especially if you have multiple people gaming or streaming at once.

If you’re not really sure what plan is worth the price, learn how much speed you need.

AT&T prices and plans

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Internet Basic 5$40/mo.5 MbpsView Plans
Internet 10-100$50/mo.100 MbpsView Plans
Internet 100$50/mo.100 MbpsView Plans
Internet 300$70/mo.300 MbpsView Plans
Internet 1000$90/mo.1000 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

How do Spectrum and AT&T Internet’s prices compare?

Spectrum’s only plan is 100 Mbps—and it’s cheaper overall than AT&T’s 100 Mbps plan.

AT&T’s plans vary quite a bit, and to be honest, it’s kind of a mixed bag overall. For starters, $40 per month for 5 Mbps is not a good deal, especially compared to Spectrum’s $45 per month for 100 Mbps.

AT&T, in general, can be a little more expensive than other internet service providers; its 1,000 Mbps plan is more expensive than Verizon Fios’s, but the same price as Xfinity’s 1,000 Mbps plan. If it were us choosing, it seems like the 300 Mbps plan is a good bang for your buck.

Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet speeds

Spectrum’s single plan has enough for most people, but AT&T covers more bases.

Unless you’re running a household filled with devices and heavy internet use, Spectrum should be able to cover your needs for cheaper than AT&T. However, we like that AT&T offers a variety of plans, which allow users to pay for what they need.

Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet Netflix speed rankings

SpectrumAT&T Internet
September 2018 Netflix rank4th6th

While not everyone under AT&T’s coverage can access fiber speeds, we like that some users can get up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps). Spectrum doesn’t come close to those higher speeds, so if you have the need and the option, see if AT&T has those speeds in your area.

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What about Spectrum and AT&T Internet’s data caps?

Neither Spectrum nor AT&T will charge you for going over your data limit, but AT&T will throttle your speeds if you bust out of your data limit (like the Hulk!). AT&T offers unlimited data on some plans, but otherwise has a 1 TB data cap.

Spectrum doesn’t slouch on its delivery. The company earned a 4th-place speed ranking from Netflix, which puts it ahead of AT&T (6th). Once again, if you’re in need of that sweet 100 Mbps plan, Spectrum is a winner. If you need more, go with AT&T.

Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet bundles

Bundling saves you some cash, so take advantage.

Spectrum offers three levels of TV service with its internet plan. If you’re only getting the Select Double Play, you’ll get one nice clean bill for TV and internet, but no savings. However, you can save $20 per month by bundling either Silver or Gold with your internet. Tight.

Spectrum bundle prices

PackagesPriceDownload speedChannelsDetails
Select Double Play$89.98/mo.100 Mbps125+View Plan
Silver Double Play$109.98/mo.100 Mbps175+View Plan
Gold Double Play$129.98/mo.100 Mbps200+View Plan

Data effective 11/01/2018. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*For the first 12 months.

AT&T bundles with DIRECTV, which is one of our highest ranking TV services—especially for football fans who want NFL SUNDAY TICKET. One of the best parts is you’ll save $10 per month on your internet if you bundle, which translates to $120 per year in savings—enough for that fancy new blender, for all you smoothie fanatics.

AT&T bundle prices

PackagesPriceDownload speedChannelsDetails
DIRECTV + Internet Basic 5DIRECTV package price + $305 Mbps155–330+View Plan
DIRECTV + Internet 100DIRECTV package price + $40100 Mbps155–330+View Plan
DIRECTV + Internet 300DIRECTV package price + $60300 Mbps155–330+View Plan
DIRECTV + Internet 1000DIRECTV package price + $801,000 Mbps155–330+View Plan

Data effective 11/01/2018. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For 12 months with a 2-year TV and 1-year internet agreement, paperless billing, and autopay. Price increases for months 13–24.

So how do these bundles compare?

Spectrum’s TV service has decent channel counts and offers you $20 in savings per month on your internet, which is double what you’ll save with most AT&T and DIRECTV bundles. But if you need download speeds higher than 100 Mbps or channel counts above 200, you’ll want AT&T and DIRECTV.

Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet customer service

Spectrum’s less of a hit with customers than AT&T.

In internet land, customer service is never perceived as amazing. Most of these issues arise from lack of billing clarity, so make sure you know what you’re buying. With that in mind, AT&T comes out a few points ahead of Spectrum.

Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet customer service ratings1

SpectrumAT&T Internet
ACSI rating65 out of 10069 out of 100

Spectrum Internet customer service

We’ve read a few reports of Spectrum’s internet service speeds not living up to its name, especially in metropolitan areas. In fact, New York City is trying to push out Spectrum for not meeting demand.

While we don’t expect this across the board, here’s our advice to those who do experience it: test your internet speeds using a speed test. If you’re not getting the speeds you pay for, see if it’s an ongoing equipment or technical issue. If not, see about getting discounted service.

AT&T Customer service

The American Customer Satisfaction Index ranks AT&T Internet (and DIRECTV) higher than Spectrum, so they get kudos in this department.

Again, internet service is rarely (if ever) perfect. So if you encounter issues, make sure to chat up a customer service rep to get your problems resolved.

Recap—Spectrum vs. AT&T Internet

Spectrum hits a sweet spot for price and speed, but it doesn’t have nearly as many options for you as AT&T does

But for all the big streaming and gaming families who require faster speeds, AT&T is the only way to go—especially if you want to bundle DIRECTV.

  • Pricing: Pound-for-pound, Spectrum is cheaper than AT&T.
  • TV + internet bundles: We like DIRECTV as a service, but you’ll save more money by bundling with Spectrum than AT&T.
  • Speed: Spectrum maxes out at 100 Mbps, but AT&T reaches up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) speeds.
  • Customer service: AT&T ranks better, but internet customer service is never beautiful.

If you need more in-depth analysis of each provider, check out our Spectrum and AT&T Internet reviews.

Is Spectrum or AT&T available near you?

FAQs on Spectrum vs. AT&T

How much is Spectrum Internet by itself?

Spectrum Internet starts at $44.99 per month.

What is Spectrum Internet’s speed?

Spectrum Internet offers 100 Mbps download speeds.

How much is Spectrum after 12 months/1 year?

Spectrum’s advertised rates are only guaranteed for twelve months. After that, they’ll increase. The exact amount of that increase depends on location, though. In general, for a service like Spectrum Internet, you can expect around a $15 per month hike after one year, and another increase after two years.

Where is Spectrum available?

To check availability, use this coverage map tool. Just put in your ZIP code or choose a state, and you’ll get a list of packages available in your area.

What happened to AT&T U-verse?

Since acquiring DIRECTV in 2015, AT&T has been phasing out the U-verse brand and TV service to focus on DIRECTV. You can still buy U-verse TV, but you’ll have to dig a little to find info on it.

Does the price for DIRECTV increase after 12 months?

AT&T requires two-year contracts on its DIRECTV service, but the price does go up after a year—even when you bundle it with other services.

Check out our full DIRECTV review to find out how much the price increases after your first year.

Where is AT&T available?

The best way to check availability is to use this coverage map tool. Put in your ZIP code or choose a state, and you’ll get a list of packages available in your area.

Sources

1.    Netflix, “Netflix ISP Speed Index
2.   American Customer Satisfaction Index, “ACSI Telecommunications Report 2018

  • Margarita Gonzalez

    I have Spectrum for my internet services and Direct TV for cable Tv. In my area, Spectrum offers 100 mbps. I have been considering bundling all my services by adding AT&T and cancelling my Spectrum service. AT&T advised me that their internet service is only 50 mbps. They say that even though 100 mbps is greater then 50 mbps, the AT&T service would be better due to the fiber optic delivery. Is that true?

  • joy

    I had AT&T but switched to Spectrum. Spectrum is cheaper and faster, but Spectrum is not as reliable. My internet is constantly going down. This week, it has gone down everyday except for Wednesday. I am thinking of switching back to AT&T. When I average the time that my internet is available with the price I pay each month, I am actually paying more per hour for Spectrum.