Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity vs. Frontier

Product Recommended Rating
Xfinity_SecGraph_Retailer_BlkBox_rgb Best for most 3.75 / 5
Frontier Communications Runner up 2.8 / 5

OVERVIEW: 

This was a close race, but Xfinity comes out ahead in all three categories, offering fast internet, a great TV service, and affordable pricing. Frontier also offers fast internet and good TV services, but it gets bogged down with too many choices, and while the prices are good, they just aren’t as good as Xfinity’s for the most part.

Overall winner: Xfinity

Xfinity vs. Frontier—overall comparison*

XfinityFrontier
Monthly pricing$24.99–$164.99$19.99–$135.97/mo.
Download speeds15–200 Mbps1–1,000 Mbps
Channels140–260+200–300+
DVR storage100 HD hours170 HD hours
DetailsView PlansView Plans

*Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.

Internet only—Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity is more affordable, but Frontier has more to offer the speed demons out there.

Frontier offers more potential raw speed, but Xfinity brings speeds that are fast enough for most with better pricing. Frontier also offers three different types of internet service (yes, really), and figuring out what you’re getting can be a little confusing. We wish Frontier would streamline its offerings a little, but we’ll do our best to help you figure them out.

Comcast cable internet

PlansMonthly price*Download speedDataDetails
Performance Starter$29.9910 Mbps1 TBView Plan
Performance 25$39.9925 Mbps1 TBView Plan
Performance Pro$54.99100 Mbps1 TBView Plan
Blast! Pro$69.99200 Mbps1 TBView Plan
Gig 1*$70.00†1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps)UnlimitedView Plan

Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.
*for the first 12 months w/a 1-yr agreement
†for the first 24 months w/a 2-yr agreement

Comcast offers several different Xfinity Internet plans, but the exact speeds and packages you’ll have available to you vary heavily on your location. These packages are among the most common. The variety is great—you have a solid budget option with more speed than Frontier’s equally-priced package, and you can go up to several hundred Mbps if you need it. If you want more details on the service, check out our full review of Xfinity Internet.

Frontier bundled internet *

PlansMonthly priceDownload speedDataDetails
Simply Broadband Max$19.99/mo.6 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Simply Broadband Ultra$29.99/mo.12 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Fios 50/50$44.99/mo.50 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Fios 100/100$54.99/mo.100 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Fios150/150$64.99/mo.150 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Fios 300/300$164.99/mo.300 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan
Fios 500/500$264.99/mo.500 MbpsUnlimitedView Plan

*Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.

Frontier also offers a great selection, allowing you to fine-tune your speed to match your budget. But heads up—the cheaper (and slower) Simply Broadband plans are DSL and cable, not fiber, so the performance is not going to be as good, especially with uploads. Make sure you double-check what type of service you are getting before committing to a package.

Speaking of uploads, the weird names of the Fios packages—50/50, 300/300—are meant to indicate that the upload and download speeds are equal. This is great for people who do a lot of media sharing because it makes uploading big batches of photos or videos much quicker, especially since normal upload speeds are about one tenth of download speeds. So if you do a lot of uploading (we’re looking at you, YouTubers!), fiber internet is worth a serious look for this reason alone.

If you want even more details on what to expect from this service, check out our full review of Frontier Internet.

Xfinity vs. Frontier—who does internet better?

For most people, we’d recommend Xfinity. Why? Simply put, you get more speed for the money.

There are two exceptions to that suggestion—people who need more speed than Xfinity can offer (like large families or people who download tons of movies) and people who upload a lot of large media files and can take advantage of faster fiber upload speeds. If either of those are you, go with Frontier. For everyone else, Xfinity will save you a bunch of money and still get you plenty of speed.

Xfinity vs. Frontier internet-only summary:

  • Most people will be better off with Xfinity’s lower prices for equivalent speed.
  • People who need super-fast internet should go with one of Frontier’s higher-end plans.
  • People who upload a lot of large media files should go with Frontier for the much faster upload speeds.

TV only—Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity takes it overall, but Frontier will appeal to channel surfers.

When it comes to TV, Frontier vs. Xfinity plays out much like it does for internet—Frontier has more channels in its higher-end packages, but Xfinity is cheaper and still offers plenty of channels. Plus, again, Frontier brings multiple services with different branding, package options, and prices.

Xfinity TV*

PackagesMonthly priceChannels*DVR storageDetails
Digital Starter TV$49.99140+100 HD hrs.View Plan
Digital Preferred$59.99220+100 HD hrs.View Plan
Digital Premier$99.99260+100 HD hrs.View Plan

*Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.

Just like with internet plans, the exact TV packages you’ll have available to you will depend on where you live and what Comcast feels like promoting at the time. These three are pretty common. Digital Premier is the top-tier plan and offers 260+ channels, which is good but not great. If you want to learn more about that, though, you can check out our full review of Xfinity TV and the Xfinity X1 system.

Frontier TV*

PackagesMonthly priceChannelsDVR storageDetails
Vantage TV Prime$77/mo.200+170 HD hrs.View Plan
Vantage TV Extreme$92/mo.250+170 HD hrs.View Plan
Vantage TV Ultimum$124/mo.300+170 HD hrs. View Plan

*Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.

Frontier’s TV offerings can be a little confusing. That’s because there is not one, not two, but three different services offered depending on where you live.

If you live in California, Florida, or Texas, chances are you’ll see Frontier Fios service. In non-Fios areas where Frontier provides fiber service, you’ll get Frontier Vantage, which is what you see in the table above (we singled out Vantage because it’s Frontier’s own service, whereas Frontier’s Fios was purchased from Verizon). If that wasn’t confusing enough, Frontier offers DISH satellite TV service if you bundle with Frontier internet or phone.

So, how does Frontier stack up? The channel selection is good, with 300+ channels in the top-tier plans, which is more than Xfinity offers. The prices are high, though, particularly compared to Xfinity’s, and it does have more limited availability.

Check out our review of Frontier Vantage TV here.

Xfinity vs. Frontier—which TV service is better?

Overall, we have to give the nod to Xfinity. Prices are lower, the choices are less convoluted, and it’s more widely available. Xfinity is pretty rock solid in our experience. Frontier does offer more channels, though, so if your viewing habits drift a little far from the mainstream, it might be worth having a look at the channel listings.

Xfinity vs. Frontier TV-only summary:

  • Most people will be better off with Xfinity for the lower prices and wider availability.
  • Viewers who like variety or watch a lot of niche channels might be better off with Frontier’s larger selection.

TV + internet—Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity slides ahead once again, though Frontier isn’t far behind.

Comparing service bundles, we see Xfinity cement its victory with simpler, more affordable, and more well-rounded package options. Frontier adds a third TV option when bundling (no, we’re not kidding), making it even more complex than before.

Xfinity TV + internet

PackagesMonthly priceDownload speedsChannelsDetails
PREFERRED XF DOUBLE PLAY$114.99*150 Mbps220+View Plan
STARTER XF TRIPLE PLAY$99.99†150 Mbps140+View Plan
HD PREMIER XF TRIPLE PLAY$159.99­‡250 Mbps260+View Plan

Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.
*for the first 12 months w/a 1-yr agreement.
†for the first 12 months w/a 2-yr agreement. $124.99/mo your 2nd year.
‡for the first 24 months w/a 2-yr agreement.

 

Xfinity bundles offer a lot for the price. For just $90, you can get 100 Mbps internet and either a ton of channels or a half-ton of channels and unlimited phone. The upper-end packages can get fairly pricey, but if you don’t need super-fast internet, you can save some money and still get great speed (let’s face it—150 Mbps is plenty for most people and small families).

Frontier TV + internet

PackagesMonthly priceDownload speedsChannelsDetails
Broadband Max + DISH America’s Top 250$109.98/mo.6 Mbps290+View Plan
Broadband Max + DISH America’s Top 250 + Digital Phone Unlimited$135.97/mo.6 Mbps290+View Plan
Fios 50/50 + Fios TV Prime HD$65/mo.50 Mbps240+View Plan
Fios 50/50 + Fios TV Prime HD + Digital Voice$70/mo.50 Mbps240+View Plan
Vantage TV + Internet$79.99/mo.18 Mbps250+View Plan

Offers, pricing, channels, and speeds may vary by market and are subject to change.

There are a lot of package options with Frontier because it offers so many different types of services. In the table, you’ll see two options with DISH, two with Fios TV, and lastly one with Vantage TV. And this is just a small sample of what’s available—which is both a blessing and a curse, since it can leave you with a lot of questions: What type of service do you want? Should you take Vantage TV or DISH? Are you in a Fios market? Is that better?

Frontier doesn’t make it easy to find the answers to those questions. The website isn’t much help, either, if we’re being honest. If you’re looking for answers, you can check out our reviews of Vantage and DISH. You can also hit the internet and look for user communities that might have answers to your questions—you can almost always find someone who’s had the same problem as you and who’s shared the solution online.

As for the packages themselves, Frontier’s fiber bundle options (third and second to last in the table) are both pretty competitive. You get a lot of channels, fast internet, and cheap phone service. The Fios internet is better, but Vantage is still solid.

The DISH bundles are better TV-wise (we’d rank DISH above Xfinity TV too), but the Broadband Internet is going to be too slow for most people, and the bundles are expensive for just 6 Mbps internet. If you’re trying to decide whether a DISH bundle meets your need, we recommend checking out our full review of DISH satellite TV.

Xfinity vs. Frontier—who bundles better?

Again, we think Xfinity makes the most sense for most people, thanks to its speedy internet and competitive pricing. If you’re set on DISH, though, Frontier makes a good option for bundled internet.

Xfinity vs. Frontier + internet summary:

  • Xfinity is the best option for most.
  • Frontier makes a solid internet and phone choice if you want DISH TV service.
  • If you simply must have fiber, Fios is the better service.

Xfinity vs. Frontier recap

  • Internet: Xfinity offers better pricing and more speed for the money, but Frontier’s Fios can go faster. We think Xfinity is better for most people’s needs.
  • TV: Xfinity brings an all-around great service, with solid pricing and a healthy channel selection. Frontier offers more channels but is more expensive. The number of options can also be confusing. Overall, we give it to Xfinity.
  • Bundling TV and internet: Xfinity takes the final spot as well, with reasonably priced bundles that offer fast internet and hefty channel counts. Frontier makes a good alternative if Xfinity doesn’t have your favorite channels, though, thanks to its greater selection. Plus, Frontier internet is an excellent option paired with DISH satellite TV.

Xfinity wins in every category, which makes our recommendation easy. It was a close race, though, so don’t completely write off Frontier. As always, leave us a comment and let us know if we missed anything!

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FAQs

Where is Xfinity available?

Xfinity is available in 40 states, serving over 166 million people. Top coverage areas include Washington, D.C., Utah, and Illinois. You can view the complete coverage map here.

What type of internet connection is Comcast?

Xfinity is a cable service.

Where is Frontier available?

Frontier serves twenty-nine states and over 45 million people, primarily in Connecticut, West Virginia, and Oregon. Check out its complete coverage map to see if it’s available for you.

How fast is Frontier High Speed Internet?

Frontier High Speed Internet ranges from 1 Mbps to 24 Mbps.

How fast is Frontier Fios internet?

Frontier Fios speeds range from 50 Mbps up to 500 Mbps.

What’s the difference between Frontier Vantage and Frontier Fios?

Frontier Fios is the service Frontier provides in areas where it took over Verizon’s Fios services—mainly Florida, Texas, and California. It kept the name and service the same to avoid confusion for customers. Frontier Vantage is the name used for Frontier’s fiber services in other markets.

What’s the difference between Frontier Fios and Verizon Fios?

The only real difference between Frontier Fios and Verizon Fios is the name on the bill. When Frontier took over Verizon’s fiber lines in California, Florida, and Texas, it kept the service and name the same to avoid confusion for customers. Verizon Fios is still available in other states.

What are Mbps?

Mbps is short for “Megabits per second” and refers to how much data an internet connection can move in one second. A Megabit is one million bits. Most internet connections these days are measured in Mbps, though some providers are starting to offer Gigabit internet speeds, starting at one Gigabit—which is a billion bits, or a thousand Megabits—per second. In case you’re wondering, that’s fast.

How much internet speed do I need to stream?

For typical HD video content, you would want around 5–10 Mbps for a single user. Netflix recommends a minimum of 5 Mbps for HD content and 25 Mbps for 4K content. Additional users streaming at once will increase the requirements, so consider your family’s viewing habits before committing to a plan.