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What are the best TV, internet, and cell phone providers in Texas?
Whether you live in Houston, the ‘burbs, or a small town like Shiner, we’re here to help you find the best internet, TV, and cell phone service in the Lone Star State. That includes the following service providers that earned top marks from our experts.
Monthly price range
|$19.99–$79.99||50–1200 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|$55–$180||300–5000 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|$49.95–$189.95||10–5000 Mbps||50 GB–Unlimited||View Plans|
|$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.–$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.||200–1000 Mbps||Unlimited||View Plans|
|$30–$169.99||12–100 Mbps||12–150 GB||View Plans|
Unlimited plan price range
|Best nationwide coverage||$70.00–$90.00/mo.||View Plans|
|Best wireless speed performance||$60.00–$85.00/mo.||View Plans|
|Bundling internet and mobile||$45.00/mo||View Plans|
|Best family plan||$40.00/mo.||View Plans|
|Cheapest unlimited plan||$30.00/mo.||View Plans|
Data as of 12/13/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
What are the best TV service providers in Texas?
Some of the best TV providers in Texas include cable companies like Xfinity, Spectrum, and Suddenlink. One thing to note with cable is that you might be forced to bundle your TV with internet or phone.
Other options include DISH and DIRECTV—our experts prefer DISH for its fair pricing, but DIRECTV is a must-have for any serious sports fan. On top of that, you’ve got your slew of streaming services to choose from too.
- Xfinity: Best cable TV service (Read Review)
- DISH: Best satellite TV service (Read Review)
- Spectrum: Another great cable TV option (Read Review)
- Suddenlink: Best for bundling with HBO Max (Read Review)
- DIRECTV: Best for NFL SUNDAY TICKET (Read Review)
- Fubo TV: Best live TV streaming service (Read Review)
- Netflix: Best on-demand streaming service (Read Review)
What are the best internet service providers in Texas?
Texas is a huge state, so it might be hard to pin down what internet providers you can choose from until you enter your zip code. But in general, our internet expert recommends the following providers if you can get them.
What are the best cell phone providers in Texas?
Our mobile experts recommend Verizon as the best wireless carrier thanks to its expansive coverage. (And to be fair, Verizon held a signal the longest in our stress test.)
If you prefer to save some cash, check out mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) like Visible and Mint Mobile. MVNOs use Verizon’s, T-Mobile’s, or AT&T’s network but tend to cost a lot less.
Here’s what other Texans are asking about TV, internet, and cell phone service.
AT&T offers fiber internet in Austin, Texas, with speeds of 300, 500, or 940 Mbps. The promotional price for AT&T Fiber service ranges from $35 to $60 a month.
Our internet experts recommend checking DownDetector for AT&T internet outages in Austin. The site includes a live outage and reports map where you can check your local area for issues.
You can also call AT&T customer service directly at +1-800-288-2020 or check your myAT&T app to see if the outage is already reported and getting worked on.
Houston is home to several TV service providers with a range of packages to choose from, including the following:
- Xfinity: Limited Basic TV, Choice TV+, Popular TV, and Ultimate TV
- Spectrum: Spectrum TV® Choice, Select, Silver, and Gold
- DISH: America’s Top 120, America’s Top 120+, America’s Top 200, and America’s Top 250
- Suddenlink: Basic TV, Value TV, Select TV, and Premier TV
- DIRECTV: ENTERTAINMENT, CHOICE™, ULTIMATE, and PREMIER™, plus OPTIMO MÁS
Yes, enTouch offers speeds of 50, 300, 600, or 940 Mbps in parts of Houston, Texas. It also offers internet service in Cypress, Katy, Rosharon, and Spring.
Internet prices in Houston range from $19.99 all the way to $169.99 a month. The cost depends on which provider you sign up for, plus which download speed you choose.
Verizon offers its 5G Home Internet and 4G LTE Home Internet services in Fort Worth. If you already have a Verizon Wireless unlimited plan, it costs $50 a month. Otherwise, you’ll pay $60 a month for speeds that might reach 940 Mbps.
Typical download speeds hit closer to 300 Mbps, but we’ve heard great things about 5G Home Internet performance.
More rural and suburban areas outside Fort Worth proper may get Verizon’s 4G LTE Home Internet service instead. And while speeds will be slower with 4G LTE, our experts believe this service is an excellent rural internet option.