Xfinity vs. AT&T Internet Review 2022

AT&T’s fiber optic network is great for speed and reliability, but Xfinity has lower-priced plans that may appeal to some.

Best Performance
AT&T Fixed Wireless
AT&T Fixed Wireless
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Monthly price:
$59.99
/mo
Download speeds
25 Mbps
Data cap
None
Best Prices
Xfinity Internet
Xfinity Internet
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Monthly price:
$19.99
/mo
Download speeds
501200 Mbps
Data cap
1.2 TB
Easton Smith
Mobile, TV, & Moving Expert
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May 23, 2022
6 min read

AT&T and Comcast Xfinity are two huge names in the telecommunications industry. Which one offers the best internet service?

AT&T offers a higher quality network with great speeds, decent prices, and no data caps. But Xfinity has more plan options and availability, making it appealing to those who want cheaper, lower-speed plans.

You can learn a lot more about both of these internet service providers (ISPs) by reading our full AT&T vs. Xfinity internet review below.

AT&T Internet pros and cons

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet No data caps
Pro Bullet Powerful fiber optic network
Pro Bullet Excellent customer service
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet No super affordable options
Con Bullet Limited availability in Northwest and other areas

Xfinity Internet pros and cons

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Great range of plan speeds and prices
Pro Bullet Fantastic nationwide availability
Pro Bullet Fast download speeds
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Mostly non-fiber network
Con Bullet 1.2 TB data cap
See all of the AT&T and Xfinity internet plans in your area using this Zip tool.

AT&T vs. Xfinity: Prices

Winner: Xfinity has more plans to choose from, but we do like the simplicity of AT&T’s no contract plans.

We’re going to skip the long-winded intro here and just jump right into the plans so that you can make up your own mind.

Let’s begin with AT&T.

AT&T fiber internet prices and plans
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
AT&T Internet up to 75 Mbps$55.00/mo.*75 Mbps1 TB
AT&T Internet 100$55.00/mo.100 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 300$55.00/mo.300 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 500$65.00/mo.500 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 1000$80.00/mo.^940 MbpsUnlimited
Data effective 04/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 12 mos, plus taxes & equip. fee. Incl 1TB data/mo., overage chrgs apply
for 12 mos, plus taxes. Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area. Call or go to att.com/internet to see if you qualify.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes & fees. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.
^ Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes & fees. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. 1GIG speeds avail. to new customers with the latest router ("BGW320") and recommended setup. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed.

As you can see, AT&T’s plans have a big range of speeds, from below 75 Mbps (for DSL plans) to 5,000 Mbps! But its prices aren’t so spread out, with a difference of just $25 between the cheapest and priciest options.

We think that AT&T’s middle-range plans, like the Internet 300 and 500, are the best options for most people. You get plenty of speed for streaming, browsing, gaming, and working from home, but you’re not paying through the nose for it.

What about those pesky equipment rental fees?
Light Bulb

AT&T will charge you $10 a month to rent a modem and router. Xfinity will charge you $14 a month. Luckily, you can avoid these fees by buying your own modem and router.

One thing we really appreciate about AT&T’s plans is the simplicity: there are six clear options for fiber internet and two options for DSL. Also, the company doesn’t require annual contracts. This is not the case for Comcast’s Xfinity internet service.

Xfinity requires 1-2 year contracts and it has three separate price ranges, depending on where you live. There’s a Northeast, Central, and West region. We’ll show you all of the prices in three charts below so that you know what’s available.

But, honestly, the easiest way to see Xfinity plans in your area is to use this zip code tool.

Check Xfinity and AT&T plans in your area with this tool.

We’ll start our review of Xfinity internet plans with the Northeast region.

Comcast Xfinity promotional internet prices and plans for the Northeast
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Extreme Pro$69.99/mo.°Up to 800 Mbps1.2 TB
Performance Pro$39.99/mo.**Up to 300 Mbps1.2 TB
Performance Starter$65.00/mo.††Up to 50 Mbps1.2 TB
Blast!$59.99/mo.°Up to 400 Mbps1.2 TB
Gigabit$79.99/mo.‡‡Up to 1200 Mbps1.2 TB
Gigabit Pro$299.95/mo.^^3000 MbpsUnlimited
Data effective 02/17/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
° For the first 24 months with a 1-year agreement. Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months.
** $34.99/mo for the first 24 months with 1-year agreement. $44.99/mo for 12 months with No Term Agreement.
†† With no term agreement.
‡‡ For the first 24 months $89.99/mo for months 25-36 with 2-Year Agreement. Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months.
^^ With a 2-year agreement.

You can see that Xfinity has a much wider range of prices and speeds than AT&T. It’s cheapest plan is far cheaper than its priciest option. It offers speeds from below 50 Mbps all the way up to 3,000 Mbps!

One thing to keep in mind is that not all of these plans will be available in every part of the Northeast.

And, to be honest, it’s not really clear where Xfinity’s different price regions begin and end (somehow Minneapolis, Minnesota is in the Western instead of Central zone?).

Ok, let’s move on to the Central zone plans and prices.

Comcast Xfinity promotional internet prices and plans for Central
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Connect$25.00/mo.°°50 Mbps1.2 TB
Connect More$40.00/mo.°°100 Mbps1.2 TB
Fast$50.00/mo.°°300 Mbps1.2 TB
Superfast$50.00/mo.°°600 Mbps1.2 TB
Ultrafast$60.00/mo.°°900 Mbps1.2 TB
Gigabit Extra$70.00/mo.°°1200 Mbps1.2 TB
Gigabit X3$299.95/mo.^^3000 Mbps1.2 TB
Data effective 02/17/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
°° For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement. Taxes and equipment not included.
^^ With a 2-year agreement.

Yes, that’s a 3,000 Mbps plan! While that’s probably more internet speed than you’ll ever need (at least until we all live full-time in the metaverse), it’s pretty cool to see.

In fact, we’re rather impressed overall with Xfinity’s Central zone offerings.

$50 a month for 600 Mbps? Not bad. $70 for 1,200 Mbps? That’s one of the reasons that Xfinity internet gets the “Best Value” badge in our lineup of the best ISPs.

Finally, let’s turn to the Western zone.

Comcast Xfinity promotional internet prices and plans for the West
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Connect$19.99/mo.***Up to 50 Mbps1.2 TB
Connect More$39.99/mo.***Up to 100 Mbps1.2 TB
Fast$49.99/mo.***Up to 300 Mbps1.2 TB
Superfast$59.99/mo.***Up to 600 Mbps1.2 TB
Ultrafast$69.99/mo.***Up to 900 Mbps1.2 TB
Gigabit$79.99/mo.***1200 Mbps1.2 TB
Data effective 04/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*** For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement. Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount.

These Western plans look really similar to the Northeastern plans. There are a lot of options in terms of both price and speed, which means there’s something for every kind of family.

All of these plans will get you access to millions of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe. So you don’t have to pay $10 an hour for an internet connection while you wait for your connection at the airport. Nice.

These Xfinity internet plans also share some downsides, like a 1.2 TB data cap (more on that below) and installation and early-termination fees (boo!).

Phew! That was a lot of internet plans to cover. Take a deep breath … ok, now let’s move on to talk about availability, because what good is all this info about plans if you live outside of the service area?

Xfinity vs. AT&T Fiber: Availability

Xfinity and AT&T have a similar coverage area. Both have a heavy presence in midwestern states, like Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri. Both have a sizable presence in California and Southern states like Georgia and Louisiana.

Xfinity’s coverage eclipses AT&T’s certain parts of the West, like Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. It also covers much of the Northeast, where AT&T internet doesn’t really exist at all. Meanwhile, AT&T’s availability is stronger in much of the South and Great Plains region.

The best way to figure out which ISP has plans in your area is to use the tool below. Enter your zip code and you can see the best internet options in your neighborhood, including those from Xfinity and AT&T.

Check Xfinity and AT&T plans in your area with this tool.

Xfinity vs. AT&T: Internet, TV, and phone bundles

Winner: Both companies offer stellar deals on TV, phone, and internet bundles

You probably already know that AT&T isn’t just an internet provider. It is one of the largest mobile phone carriers in the country.

Xfinity also has the holy trifecta of services: internet, cable TV, mobile

So, which company offers better deals? You’ll have to decide for yourself. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite bundles from each of them, beginning with Xfinity.

Our favorite Xfinity bundles (Northeast region)
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Internet download speeds
Details
Standard+ More$89.99/mo.†††125+Up to 300 Mbps
Signature+ More$129.99/mo.†††185+Up to 1200 Mbps
Super+$139.99/mo.†††185+Up to 800 Mbps
Data effective 02/17/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
††† For the first 24 months with a 2-Year Agreement. Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount for 24 months.
Get Xfinity Mobile and save big on internet and streaming
Deals

If you're looking to change mobile providers or add another phone line, Xfinity can save you money on more than just your phone bill.

When you add an Xfinity Mobile plan, you can get Xfinity Internet + streaming for only $30 a month. Plus, this deal comes with internet equipment included, a 2-year price guarantee, and doesn't require a contract.

There are some great deals in the chart above, like a triple play with over 130 TV channels and 200 Mbps internet for less than $100 a month.

That said, AT&T’s bundle deals aren’t too shabby, either.

Our favorite AT&T TV and internet bundles
Bundle
Price
TV channel count
Internet download speeds
Details
DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT All-Included Package + AT&T Internet$119.99/mo.‡‡‡160+100 Mbps
DIRECTV PREMIER All-Included Package + AT&T Internet$194.99/mo.‡‡‡330+100 Mbps
DIRECTV PREMIER All-Included Package + AT&T Internet + Phone Unlimited$219.98/mo.‡‡‡330+100 Mbps
Data effective 01/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
‡‡‡ For 12 months plus taxes & fees; w/ 24-mo. TV agmt. TV offer ends 7/22/22. TV price higher in 2nd year. Limited availability. Autopay & Paperless bill reqd. May not be available in your area.

That was really just a sneak peak. You can learn more about AT&T and Xfinity bundles in our full reviews.

Xfinity vs. AT&T: Internet speed and data caps

Winner: AT&T’s network is more reliable and won’t cap your data usage, but Xfinity offers higher download speeds in certain areas

Both Xfinity and AT&T make it on our list of the fastest ISPs.

But these two companies aren’t exactly fast in the same way.

Not sure how much speed is enough?
Bullhorn

We’ve written a nifty little article to help you figure out just how much internet speed you really need.

Xfinity has some of the fastest download speeds available. In certain areas it offers an unreal 3,000 Mbps plan! That’s basically warp speed.

But one thing that Xfinity lacks is a robust fiber optic network. Although it has a few locations where fiber internet is available, it can’t really compete with AT&T. That means that AT&T customers will usually see much more reliable speeds and significantly faster upload speeds

Faster upload speeds means you’ll have less lag while gaming, smoother video when Zooming, and an overall easier time using the web.

Xfinity vs. AT&T download speed comparison
Provider
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Xfinity Internet503000 Mbps53000 Mbps
AT&T Internet75100 Mbps8100 Mbps

In short, AT&T’s network will probably be better for most users, offering more reliable speeds and performance. 

AT&T vs. Xfinity: Data caps

One of the biggest downsides to Xfinity internet is the 1.2 TB data cap that comes with every plan.

While the average monthly internet data usage for US households is about 433 GB a month1, there are still plenty of gamers, work-from-homers, and large families that will exceed that amount and surpass Xfinity’s data cap.

Xfinity will charge you $10 for every 50 GB of data you use above 1.2 TB. You can avoid the overage fee by paying a clean $30 a month for unlimited data.

But, why pay an extra $30 when you could just go with AT&T fiber, which has no data cap?

In other words, those who use the internet a lot might have more peace of mind with AT&T than Xfinity.

AT&T vs. Xfinity: Customer service

Winner: AT&T tops the charts, but Xfinity isn’t far behind

Picking an internet provider based on its customer service is kind of like choosing an airline based on the prices of its in-flight meals. You’re probably never going to be fully satisfied with what you get, and even if you are, it’s not the most important factor.

That said, there is something really nice about knowing that a real human will pick up the phone and help you when your modem isn’t working.

So, who’s more likely to make it easy on you, AT&T or Xfinity?

The most recent telecommunications report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index2 actually puts AT&T in first place. Xfinity isn’t far behind in 3rd place.

So both companies should be pleasant enough to deal with.

Xfinity vs. AT&T customer service ratings
Rating
Xfinity rating
AT&T rating
ACSI 202167 out of 10071 out of 100

If you do end up having issues with Xfinity or AT&T’s customer service then check out our tips for getting help from your ISP.

AT&T vs. Xfinity: Which is better?

AT&T Internet
AT&T Internet
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$55.00
/mo
Download speeds: Up to 5,000 Mbps
Data effective 04/20/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

What’s the final verdict? We think that AT&T offers a better overall performance, but Xfinity may still be best for those who want a cheaper plan.

Here’s a quick recap of who won each section of this AT&T vs. Xfinity internet review.

  • Price: Xfinity. Xfinity offers a wider range of plans than AT&T, including some great affordable options.
  • Internet speed: AT&T. AT&T’s mostly fiber network gives you more reliability and better upload speeds, even if it isn’t always as fast as Xfinity’s top-tier plans.
  • Data caps: AT&T. Xfinity’s 1.2 TB data cap is a real bummer. AT&T doesn't have any data caps.
  • Customer service: AT&T. Both companies offer good customer service, but AT&T is at the top of the charts.

Best Prices: Xfinity

Download speeds
501200 Mbps
Data cap
1.2 TB
Starts at
$19.99
/mo
Data effective 02/17/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Easton Smith
Written by
Easton Smith
Easton has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for several years, reviewing health, lifestyle, and technology products. He has probably read more Terms of Use contracts than any human alive. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, Easton spends his time camping, climbing, and volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations.

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