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5 Best Internet Deals of January 2022
Get a pulse on the best internet deals this month.
If you’re able to switch internet providers, January is a great time to score some cash back or bonuses like Disney+. A handful of nationwide internet service providers (ISPs), like Spectrum, Optimum, and AT&T, are offering Visa prepaid cards and streaming service subscriptions for new customers.
If you don’t have a new ISP to switch to, it doesn’t hurt to call your current provider and ask if they have any deals for you. We’ve done this with Xfinity in the past and ended up with freebies and discounted bundles despite already being a customer.
The 5 best high-speed internet deals for January 2022
Spectrum Internet deals
* See all disclaimers. Data current as of post date.
Is Spectrum Internet good?
Spectrum’s cable internet service is a decent pick, and its up to 200 Mbps and up to 400 Mbps plans (wireless speeds may vary) offer the best value. All of its plans come with no contracts and no data caps, which are huge perks for anyone who might move in the near future. Or for those who need unlimited data to juggle Zoom calls throughout the day.
On the other hand, we’re not fans of its Gig plan price, which includes a whopping $100+ installation fee on top of the over-$100 monthly cost.
Optimum internet deals
Snag a $200 Visa prepaid card and a free Wi-Fi extender, plus 3–12 months of HBO Max included with the following plans:**
- Optimum 300 and Fiber Internet 300: 3 months of HBO Max included
- Optimum 500 and Fiber Internet 500: 6 months of HBO Max included
- Optimum 1 Gig and Fiber Internet 1 Gig: 12 months of HBO Max included
This deal ends on March 6, 2022.
** See all disclaimers. Data current as of post date.
Is Optimum internet good?
Optimum is well-known for its cable internet service that serves the northeastern US, and recently it added fiber internet to the lineup as well. Both connection types come with unlimited data and fairly competitive prices for the region, making it a good value choice for most folks who stream, game, and work from home.
The catch? Altice, Optimum’s parent company, is known for changes that aren’t customer-friendly. Just last year (2021), it announced a severe drop in upload speeds for Optimum’s cable internet service to 5–36 Mbps.1 (Previously, upload speeds were 35–50 Mbps.)
This change to upload speeds is a major hit to how well work-from-home necessities like Zoom perform. So we advise keeping an eye out for any changes if you sign up for Optimum.
CenturyLink internet deals
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Is CenturyLink internet good?
We’re big fans of CenturyLink’s commitment to no price hikes while you’re subscribed to one of its internet plans. You don’t often see promises like that when it comes to internet service, and it sets CenturyLink apart.
Other benefits to its service include unlimited data and a lack of contracts. It also offers a gigabit-speed fiber internet plan in select cities, which is the gold standard for anyone working from home or supporting a house full of gamers and streamers.
We do wish CenturyLink’s DSL internet service came with faster (and more reliable) speeds. But that’s a drawback for DSL internet as a whole and not just CenturyLink.
AT&T Fiber internet deals
Stream HBO Max to your heart’s content—it’s included when you subscribe to the AT&T Fiber Internet 1,000 plan. You’ll never miss an episode of The Bachelor again.††
†† See all disclaimers. Data current as of post date.
Is AT&T Fiber internet good?
AT&T Fiber is like alchemy: it mixes affordable prices with fast speeds and unlimited data to create gold. Or in this case, exceptional value. It ranks as one of our top five best internet providers for its limbo-low prices—we rarely see another provider charge anything as low.
On the other end of the spectrum is AT&T’s DSL service. It tends to suffer from slow speeds, a common issue affecting all DSL internet providers thanks to aging infrastructure.
So if you have a choice, we recommend going with AT&T Fiber over its DSL service.
Verizon Fios Home Internet deals
Stream Encanto over and over on Disney+ (and enjoy some Better Call Saul on AMC+). Both services are included for 12 months along with a $50–$200 Verizon gift card for the following internet plans:‡
- Internet 200/200: $50 Verizon gift card
- Internet 400/400: $100 Verizon gift card
- Fios Gigabit Connection: $200 Verizon gift card
These offers end January 19, 2022.
‡ See all disclaimers. Data current as of post date.
Is Verizon Fios Home Internet good?
Verizon’s fiber internet service is available in only the northeast, but if we could get it where we live, we would. We’ve heard great things about its reliability and customer service, and its prices are competitive compared to other providers in the area.
It also comes with no annual contract and what customers have told us is unlimited data. (Though Verizon itself keeps its lips zipped on this topic.)
We can’t point to any major downsides other than the limited availability and the fact that AT&T Fiber internet prices start out cheaper.
Recap: What are the best internet deals this month?
The start of 2022 ushered in some good deals from Spectrum, Optimum, AT&T Fiber, CenturyLink, and Verizon Fios Home Internet. But if your local internet provider isn’t on the list this month, don’t fret. We recommend giving them a call to see if they can work something out, or you can check out next month’s deals.
- Spectrum: Get the Peacock Premium streaming service included for 90 days when you subscribe to Spectrum Internet. Just in time to stream Super Bowl LVI on February 13.*
- Optimum: Snag a $200 Visa prepaid card and a free Wi-Fi extender, plus 3–12 months of HBO Max included when you sign up for an Optimum 300, 500, or 1 Gig plan.**
- CenturyLink: Put a $100 Visa prepaid card in your pocket if you bundle CenturyLink internet and Prism TV or DIRECTV.†
- AT&T Fiber: Stream HBO Max to your heart’s content—it’s included when you subscribe to the Internet 1,000 plan.††
- Verizon Fios Home Internet: Stream Disney+ and AMC+, both are included for 12 months with your internet plan along with a $50–$200 Verizon gift card.‡
How to find the best internet prices
If you’ve got money on your mind and your mind on your money, here are a few tips to help you find the best internet prices in your area.
1. Compare prices in your area
Did you brush up on your game show skills? Because it’s about to feel a little like The Price is Right in here.
Sure, comparison shopping for internet can feel like a major shot in the dark, just like guessing how much that set of deluxe pots and pans plus gas range sells for. But we’ve got a few tricks you can tuck up your sleeve to make things easier, like our list of the top five cheapest internet providers overall.
And if you tell us your zip code , we can sift through our internet plan data to find out which ISPs offer plans in your area. That narrows things down a bit, eh?
Anyway, you might be able to find a better internet connection with a faster speed.
2. But don’t just rely on price
If you’re a heavy internet user and love to stream Disney+ in 4K or hop online for a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds match, you don’t want to just grab the cheapest plan out there.
Take a look at our download speed guide to find out how much speed you need to keep yourself connected. Then check out the five fastest ISPs and see if any of your local providers made the list. Chances are if they’re mentioned, they’ll deliver blazing-fast download speeds directly to your modem.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask
If you can’t order online or don’t see one of these offers show up when you’re checking out, we still think it’s worth calling and asking the internet provider to cut you a deal.
Just make sure you’ve got all the info about the promotion you want applied. And hey, a little kindness never hurts either.
*You are only eligible to redeem this Offer if you are a Spectrum TV (other than the Basic tier or TV Essentials product) customer or Spectrum Internet customer (including the TV Essentials product) and you: (i) are 18 years of age or older; (ii) reside in the United States; (iii) provide Peacock with a valid payment method; (iv) are a residential customer with no outstanding obligation to Spectrum; and (v) are not in seasonal suspend. Limit one Offer per Spectrum account; offer activation may be completed by any, but only one, username (primary or standard role) on the account.
Spectrum account credentials are required to determine eligibility. If you are an otherwise qualified Spectrum TV customer, and your local NBC television station is not being carried by Spectrum, you may lose access to some NBC content or not be eligible to initiate the Peacock Premium 12 month offer. Any changes to service may affect eligibility.
**w/Auto Pay & Paperless Bill plus taxes & equip. charges. Terms apply. Not available in all areas.
†Offer is available to new qualifying residential customers only. Customer must be new to CenturyLink and subscribe to Prism Complete Lite TV, up to 20 Mbps High Speed Internet ("HSI") and Home Phone Plus Offer not available to customers with CenturyLink Internet basic service (without features) or with other ISPs.
††Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
INTERNET OFFER: Subj. to change and may be discontinued at any time. Price for Internet 1000 for new residential customers & is after $5/mo. autopay & paperless bill discount. Autopay & Paperless Bill Discount: Discount off the monthly rate when account is active & enrolled in both. Pay full plan cost until discount starts w/in 2 bill cycles. Must maintain autopay/paperless bill and valid email address to continue discount. Additional Fees & Taxes: AT&T one-time transactional fees, $10/mo. equipment fee, and monthly cost recovery surcharges which are not government-required may apply, as well as taxes. See www.att.com/fees for details. Installation: Up to $99 installation fee applies, plus tax where applicable. Credit restrictions apply. Pricing subject to change. Subj. to Internet Terms of Service at att.com/internet-terms.
Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. 1 GIG speeds avail. to new customers with BGW320 and correct setup. Actual customer speeds are not guaranteed and may vary based on several factors. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.
HBO MAX: Access HBO Max through HBO Max app on compatible device or on hbomax.com using compatible browser with your AT&T log-in credentials. New AT&T customers: visit att.com/myatt to create your account and obtain log-in credentials. Use of HBO Max is subject to its own terms and conditions, see hbomax.com/terms-of-use for details. Wireless data rates may apply for app download/usage outside the home. If you have residential DIRECTV, AT&T TV, U-Verse TV or AT&T TV NOW, HBO channels and HBO On Demand will also be added on that TV platform. May be billed and then credited on that TV platform within 2 bills. Programming and content subj. to change and benefit may be modified, discontinued or terminated at any time without notice. Upon cancellation of eligible internet plan you may lose access to HBO Max. Limits: Access to one HBO Max account per AT&T account holder. May not be stackable w/other offers, credits or discounts. AT&T employees and retirees are not eligible for the HBO Max Add-on. To learn more, visit att.com/hbomax. HBO Max is only accessible in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories where a high-speed broadband connection is available. Minimum 3G connection is required for viewing on mobile devices. HBO MAX is used under license.
‡AMC+: Offer valid thru 1.19.22. Must install eligible Fios services and redeem offer w/in 60 days of installation date, or by no later than 4.19.22, whichever is first. After 12-month promo periods end, your AMC+ subscription will auto-renew at $8.99/mo., unless you cancel w/ Verizon. Cancel any time. One offer per eligible Verizon account.
Disney+: Get 12 months of Disney+ on us from time of enrollment (must enroll with Verizon and activate by no later than 4.19.22); must be 18 years of age or older. Offer valid until 1.19.22. When the promo period expires, your Disney+ subscription will auto-renew at the then-current monthly price (currently $7.99+tax per month), and you will be charged monthly on your Verizon bill unless you cancel through Verizon. If you are a current multi-year or annual Disney+ subscriber through Disney and use the same email to subscribe through Verizon, your existing subscription will be paused during the promo period and will resume through Disney at the end of the promo period. Any existing Disney+ subscription through a third party must be managed separately, and your subscription through Verizon will not automatically replace it. Offer eligible for new Fios Home internet plans; one offer per eligible Verizon account. Use of the Disney+ service is subject to the Disney+ and ESPN+ Subscriber Agreement.
Verizon Gift Card: Must install and maintain eligible Fios services in good standing for 65 days and register for the Gift Card w/in 60 days thereafter, or by no later than 6.19.22, whichever is first. Gift Card emailed within 48 hours of registration. We reserve the right to charge back the amount of the Gift Card if eligible service is canceled w/in 180 days. Other Gift Card terms and conditions apply. Offer ends 1.19.22.