Go to Reviews.org AU Edition
Best Internet and Phone Bundles
We compared prices, internet speeds, and call allowances for internet and phone bundles. We found that Optimum and Frontier offer some of the best bundles, while Xfinity offers better international plan options.
Almost every internet provider offers to pair your internet service with a home phone option.
While most providers offer unlimited nationwide calls, there are a few differences in their internet plans and phone addons that might make your ears perk up.
We took a look at the internet, Wi-Fi and phone bundles for more than 20 large internet providers. What we found was that Optimum and Windstream provide a few great value options, while Cox and Xfinity have phone service addons that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Plus, CenturyLink still offers a price lock on its internet and phone bundles, which should make your wallet happy.
So which internet and phone bundle is best for you? Let’s dig into the details and find out.
- : Cheap prices, fast speeds
- : Great phone privacy options
- : Best for price lock
- : Cheapest gig bundle
- : International plan options
- : Runner-up
- : Runner-up
- : Runner-up
- : Runner-up
RCN now goes by the name Astound Broadband, powered by RCN. You'll also see other brands, like Grande Communications and Wave Broadband, using the new Astound Broadband name.
This might make things a little confusing, so we'll try to keep it as clear as possible and update this review if any more changes roll down the line.
|300 Mbps Internet + Phone||$45.00/mo.*||Up to 300 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet Preferred 250 + Voice Preferred||$79.99/mo.†||Up to 250 Mbps||View Plans|
|Fiber Gigabit + Simply Unlimited Phone||$110.00/mo.‡||Up to 940 Mbps||View Plans|
|Kinetic by Windstream Internet 400 + Voice||$59.99/mo.^||400 Mbps||View Plans|
|Connect Internet + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice||$67.00/mo.°||50 Mbps||View Plans|
Internet and phone bundle buyer’s guide
On top of the usual features you should consider, like internet speeds, price hikes, and data caps, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for internet and phone bundles.
Internet and phone bundle features to look for:
- Internet speeds that meet your needs
- A data cap that won’t leave you high and dry at the end of the month
- A phone allowance that includes the countries you call the most
- An international calling plan or low minute-by-minute fees
- Whether you can keep your phone number
You might also find that some providers include extras. For example, Cox has options to remove your number from the phone directory. If features like this are important to you, be sure to ask about them before signing up—and get info on the cost.
Want to read more?
Optimum: Value prices for speedy internet and phone
Optimum's internet, Wi-Fi, and cell phone bundle prices are some of the lowest around. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck without quality service.
We’ve been impressed by Optimum's focus on smaller towns and communities, and its internet service performs well when compared to other cable internet providers.
Here’s a quick look at how you can bundle your Optimum internet and phone services:
|300 Mbps Internet + Phone||$45.00/mo.*||Up to 300 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|1 Gig Internet + Phone||$80.00/mo.**||Up to 940 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
Optimum's internet also comes with unlimited data, which is great if you need some face time and want to video call a family member overseas. Or if you prefer some “me time” and want to stream Loki all night long.
And most of Optimum's bundle prices are a good deal. Though we’ll point you away from its Internet 100 + Phone and Internet 1 Gig + Phone bundles. You can likely find a better price for those internet speeds if there are other providers in your area.
Optimum phone service
Your Optimum phone service comes with unlimited calls to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. We’re sad to see calls to Mexico aren’t included though.
If you do need to call family or friends in Mexico or another country, take a look at Optimum's international rates before you dial. That way you’ll avoid a surprise whopper of a bill after you spend two hours chatting with your great aunt in Singapore.
Optimum international rates to popular countries (direct dialed per minute)
- Mexico: $0.11
- Australia: $0.34
- China: $0.17
- India: $0.42
Where is Optimum available?
Optimum internet and phone services are available in small towns across 14 states. You’ll mostly find it in West Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Cox: Lots of options for phone number privacy
Cox provides good quality internet, with speed performance that’s pretty middle of the road compared to other cable providers. It also comes with a 1.25 TB data cap, which isn’t as great as unlimited data—but it isn’t a small amount of data either.
But what we really like about Cox’s internet and phone bundles are the options it offers for how your contact info shows up (or doesn’t show up) in the phone book.
More on that in just a bit, but first, here’s a quick look at Cox internet and phone bundles:
|Internet Essential 100 + Voice Preferred||$69.99/mo.†||Up to 100 Mbps||1.25 TB||View Plans|
|Internet Preferred 250 + Voice Preferred||$79.99/mo.†||Up to 250 Mbps||1.25 TB||View Plans|
|Internet Ultimate 500 + Voice Preferred||$99.99/mo.†||500 Mbps||1.25 TB||View Plans|
|Internet Gigablast + Voice Preferred||$119.99/mo.†||Up to 1000 Mbps||1.25 TB||View Plans|
If you ask us, the best value comes from the Cox Internet Essential 100 + Voice Preferred and the Internet Preferred 250 + Voice Preferred bundles. Both of these plans get you okay speeds for one person up to middle-sized family, and the prices are average or below average.
Cox Voice Preferred phone service
Your Cox Voice Preferred phone service comes with baseline unlimited calls to landlines in the US, Canada, and Mexico. (Calls to cell phones normally cost more no matter which provider you’re with.)
There’s also an option to add an international calling plan for an extra $2.99 a month if you need to contact a relative in another country not on that list.
Without the international calling plan, here’s a quick peek at minute-by-minute international rates:
Cox Voice Preferred international rates to landlines
- Australia: $0.09 with international plan / $3.85 without
- China: $0.07 / $3.44
- India: $0.14 / $7.34
But by far our most favorite thing about Cox Voice Preferred are the extra little options. Here’s what you can choose from and how much it costs.
- Publish your name, number, and address in the phone book: Free
- Publish your name and number only in the phone book: Free
- Info available only with 411 directory assistance: $3.50/mo.
- Unpublished directory listing: $5.50/mo.
- International calling plan: $2.99/mo.
- External 8-hour telephone battery: $29.99
You can also choose to keep your current phone number or swap to a new one at no cost.
Where is Cox available?
You can get Cox internet and phone service in 19 different states across the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and South, as well as a small part of the Northeast.
CenturyLink: Best for price lock
We won’t lie, DSL service isn’t the best in terms of speed or reliability. And with CenturyLink, where you live determines what speed you’ll get. So you might get lucky and land the 100 Mbps top-end speed, or you might get not-so-lucky and end up with 10 Mbps.
On the plus side, your price is locked in as long as you remain a good customer and pay your bills on time. And that applies no matter what internet speed you get.
|Simply Unlimited Internet + Simply Unlimited Phone||$90.00/mo.‡||Up to 100 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|Fiber Gigabit + Simply Unlimited Phone||$110.00/mo.‡||Up to 940 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
If you live in a city where the CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit plan is available, you should probably spring for that despite the higher cost. (Unless you have a cheaper cable or fiber provider available.)
The Fiber Gigabit plan uses, you guessed it, a fiber-optic connection, which means it should have faster speeds and better reliability.
CenturyLink phone service
CenturyLink’s Unlimited Home Phone service lets you call Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, but you’ll need to pay for an additional calling plan to dial a number in any other country, including Mexico and Canada.
CenturyLink makes it difficult to find international calling rates too. So if you’re main reason behind getting home phone service is to call a country outside the US, you should check for other options first.
Where is CenturyLink available?
You’ll find CenturyLink in 36 states across the US, including Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and North Carolina. (Notable states where you can’t get CenturyLink include California and New York.)
The CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit plan is available in only 19 cities throughout these states as well. So if you’re banking on getting that sweet fiber speed, check to see if your city is included in the list.
Windstream: Cheapest price for gigabit speeds
If speed is your need along with phone service, then be sure to check out Windstream’s Kinetic Gig + Phone bundle. This is the cheapest gig-speed bundle of all the large providers we analyzed.
Granted, you’ll still pay almost $80 a month for the luxury of streaking across the internet like a digital version of The Flash. But if you’re running a home business or freelancing as a creative professional, it’s worth it to get those speeds.
Here’s a look at the other internet and phone bundles Windstream offers.
|Kinetic by Windstream Internet 50 + Voice||$39.99/mo.^||50 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|Kinetic by Windstream Internet 400 + Voice||$59.99/mo.^||400 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|Kinetic by Windstream Internet 1 Gig + Voice||$89.99/mo.^||1000 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
Windstream phone service
Windstream’s phone service gets you unlimited calls to anywhere in the US, plus American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
So to make a call to Canada, Mexico, or anywhere else in the world, you’ll need to pay international rates. You do seem to get a discount on your international calling cost if you bundle your Windstream services. Here’s a glimpse of how that adds up:
Where is Windstream available?
Windstream tends to be found in rural areas of 18 different states in the South, Northeast, and Midwest. And depending on where you live, your Windstream bundle prices might change. So be sure to check out your local offers first.
Xfinity: Best if you need an international calling plan
Xfinity offers internet and home phone bundles mostly in the Central US, but you might be able to pair your internet with phone service in the Northeastern US too. (The Western US was as bare as a desert when it came to Xfinity internet and phone bundles though.)
That said, if you can get an Xfinity internet and phone bundle in your area, it likely isn’t cheap—and it isn’t expensive either. Yup, Xfinity bundle prices are fairly middle of the road.
|Connect Internet + Xfinity Voice||$35.00/mo††||50 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Connect More Internet + Xfinity Voice||$50.00/mo.††||100 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Gigabit Extra Internet + Xfinity Voice||$80.00/mo.‡‡||1200 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
Honestly, what makes these Xfinity bundles standout is the option to add an international calling plan. Plus the fact that the basic Xfinity Voice Unlimited service includes calls to Canada, China, India, Mexico, and more.
Xfinity Voice Unlimited phone service
Xfinity Voice Unlimited comes with unlimited nationwide calling, plus unlimited calls to Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and South Korea.
You can also add one of its international calling plans if you need to regularly call a country not on that list. Each plan gets you 300 minutes you can use to call landline phones (and mobile phones in certain countries) each month.
Xfinity international calling plans
- Carefree Minutes World Select 300: $9.95/mo.
- Carefree Minutes Latin America 300: $9.95/mo.
Where is Xfinity available?
Xfinity is available across the US in 40 states. But its internet and phone bundles are pretty much limited to the Central US, which Xfinity generally defines as the following states:
- South Carolina
Recap: Best internet and phone bundles
- Optimum: $40.00–$80.00/mo.*, 100–1,000 Mbps download speeds, unlimited calls to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands
- Cox: $39.99–$119.99/mo.**, 25–940 Mbps download speeds, unlimited calls to landlines in the US, Canada, and Mexico
- CenturyLink: $90.00–$105.00/mo.†, Up to 100–940 Mbps download speeds, unlimited calls to the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands
- Windstream: $59.99–$97.99/mo.††, 50–1,000 Mbps download speeds, unlimited calls to the US, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands
- Xfinity: $40.00–$90.00/mo.‡, 50–1,200 Mbps download speeds, unlimited calls to the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and South Korea
Data effective 7/28/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*For residential customers only. Additional taxes, fees, surcharges and restrictions apply. First month's service, installation charge, activation fee (if required) and any past due balances with Optimum are due prior to installation. Internet includes monthly data plan.
**For the first 12 months with a 2-year agreement.
†Additional taxes, fees, and surcharges apply. Rate excludes CTL Fees not to exceed $3.00/mo/line.* Offer currently not available in Arizona.
††For the first 12 months.
‡For the first 12 or 24 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year agreement.
To narrow down our list of the best internet and phone bundle providers, we took a look at the following features:
- Price for the internet speed you get
- What countries are included in the basic calling plan
- Whether there were options to add an international calling plan
We also took into account other features that set a provider apart, like phone book publishing options from Cox and CenturyLink’s price lock guarantee.
Is it cheaper to bundle phone and internet?
If you need both services, it can be cheaper to bundle phone and internet. Providers will often run deals on bundles for new customers that come with added incentives like Visa rewards cards or free streaming subscriptions.
But if you just need one service, such as internet, it’s cheaper to not bundle.
What is the cheapest internet and phone service?
The cheapest internet and phone service bundle from a large provider is the Cox Internet Starter 25 + Voice Preferred bundle. It costs just under $40 a month and comes with 25 Mbps download speeds, 1.25 TB of data, and unlimited calls to the US, Canada, and Mexico.