Optimum Vs. AT&T: Which Should You Choose?
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Optimum vs. AT&T: The Starting Point
There are so many options when it comes to choosing your Internet, television, and phone providers. With so many different single-services and bundles available, choosing which one to opt-in for can be extremely overwhelming. In this article, we will be analyzing various options from both Optimum and AT&T. We recognize that both companies offer low prices, unlimited data plans, rapid speeds, and zero contracts. Let us dive into the distinct features that set each company apart, so we can help distinguish which one is right for you!
How is the set-up process?
Optimum does not offer self-installation and requires a one-time fee of $99 for a scheduled professional installation. Optimum’s professional installation consists of Wi-Fi configuration for up to six devices, the hardwiring of one device, and help with setting up your Optimum account. You can also opt in for the premium installation if you need to set up more devices. This option costs $129 or $59 through the website, as it is available as an installation option when choosing a plan. Additionally, Optimum requires a modem for Internet access which costs $10/month. AT&T also offers premium installation for $99, as well a modem and router for the same rental price as Optimum offers ($10/month). One thing that differs with AT&T’s installation process is that they do offer a Do-It-Yourself option for $35.
What are the Internet options?
Optimum’s prices for Internet range between $29.99-$80/month, whereas AT&T Internet options range between $35-$60/month. Some of Optimum’s options include the Optimum 300 (300 Mpbs speed) for $39.99/month, Optimum 500 (500 Mpbs speed) for $59.99/month or Optimum 1 Gig (940 Mbps speed) for $79.99/month. AT&T’s options include 300 Mbps for $35/month, 500 Mbps for $45/month and 1000 Mbps for $60/month.
|Optimum Plans & Pricing||AT&T Fiber Plans & Pricing|
|100 Mbps for $29.99||N/A|
|300 Mbps for $39.99/month||300 Mbps for $35/month|
|500 Mbps for $59.99/month||500 Mbps for $45/month|
|940 Mbps for $79.99/month||1000 Mbps for $60/month|
What service types do they offer?
Optimum offers both cable and fiber to an estimated 12.9 million people spanning four U.S. states. AT&T offers fiber optic to several million people across 21 states. The key difference between fiber and cable is that cable is sent through copper TV lines whereas fiber is made of plastic and used mainly for Internet service. Fiber is typically considered better due to its ability to provide high-bandwidth connections and quick upload times. Furthermore, fiber tends to suffer less from slowdowns caused by high traffic. It should be mentioned that fiber is not always an option in certain areas due to the high costs associated with it. The good news is that Optimum does still offer cable if fiber is not offered near you.
Which television packages do they offer?
Optimum offers several packages including Optimum Basic with 50+ channels for $29.99/month, Optimum Core with 220+ channels for $59.99/month, Optimum Select with 340+ channels for $74/month and Optimum Premier with 420+ channels for $94/month.
AT&T’s television options come from DIRECTV and include the Entertainment package with 65+ channels for $59.99/month, the Choice package with 90+ channels for $64.99/month, the Xtra package with 120+ channels for $74.99/month, the Ultimate package with 130+ channels for $79.99/month, and the Premier package with 140+ channels for $129.99/month.
|Optimum TV Packages & Pricing||DIRECTV Packages & Pricing|
|50+ channels for $29.99/month||Choice Package: 90+ channels for $64.99/month|
|220+ channels for $59.99/month||Xtra Package: 120+ channels for $74.99/month|
|340+ channels for $74/month||Ultimate Package: 130+ channels for $79.99/month|
|420+ channels for $94/month||Premier Package: 140+ channels for $129.99/month|
What are the home telephone options?
Optimum offers a home telephone service for $10/month. If you're interested in Internet and television also, you can mix and match services through Optimum FlexAbility® This allows you upgrade, downgrade, or change services at anytime, completely risk-free and with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
AT&T offers home phone service for $37/month. This includes unlimited local calling, reliable connection, and optional long distance. For $51/month, they offer an Enhanced option which includes 12 popular calling features like caller ID, call forwarding, and speed dialing. If you're interested in long distance, they offer several options such as per minute calling, an unlimited calling plan, and an International plan.
Do they both serve as mobile providers?
Optimum has Optimum Mobile, which offers a nationwide network with 5G access and no multi-line commitments. Their mobile options start at $19/month for 1 GB per line or $32/month for 3 GB. If want unlimited data, you can get it for $60/month per line. These prices are for current Optimum customers utilizing Cable TV and/or Internet. If you're a new customer, mobile plans are $10 more than quoted above.
AT&T offers three distinct mobile plans, all of which require a minimum of four lines. All these plans include unlimited calls, texts, and data throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Their lowest cost option is the AT&T Unlimited Starter which typically costs $35/month. The AT&T Unlimited Extra Plan costs $40/month and includes an additional 50GB of premium data. Lastly, the AT&T Unlimited Elite package offers an additional 100GB of premium data.
Do they offer bundles?
Optimum doesn't necessarily offer bundles, but they do offer Optimum FlexAbility® This allows Optimum Customers to change or cancel their services without any fees or penalties. This makes it simple to upgrade or downgrade Internet speeds, change your TV package, or terminate service altogether. It is completely risk-free with a 60-day money back guarantee!
AT&T also several bundles such as AT&T Internet and DIRECTV Stream Entertainment for $114.99/month. If you want more channels, you can opt for AT&T Internet & DIRECTV Stream Choice Package for $129.99/month with HBO Max included free for three months. Their premium bundle option is AT&T Internet and the DIRECTV Stream Choice package for $139.99/month with HBO Max included free for three months.
Disclaimer: Data as of 09/17/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
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