You can’t turn on the television without hearing about the “latest and greatest” deals that Internet service providers want to share with you. With each provider claiming to offer the best service at the lowest price, it can be hard to determine which will actually benefit you. At MagicJack, we’d like to make things a little easier; that’s why we’ve provided a comparison of three top Internet services companies – Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. Trying to save money on your Internet bill? Getting frustrated with your service? Start your research here.
Comcast’s XFINITY Internet packages start at $19.99 for Economy Plus Internet, which offers up to three Mbps download speed. You can also choose from Internet Plus (up to 25 Mbps download speed for $39.99) and Internet Plus with Blast (up to 50 Mbps download speed for $49.99). At the higher end of the spectrum, the Extreme 105 package offers a download speed of 105 Mbps for $89.99. If you bundle your Internet with cable, you can save more.
Verizon’s FiOS Internet 50/50 Mbps plan offers a download speed of 50 Mbps for $50. Additional plans are available, but many require bundling with home phone service to remain affordable. For example, the FiOS Internet 75/75 Mbps package is $64.99 with voice service and $84.99 without. Most Verizon plans require a two-year contract, with fees if you decide to cancel. You can also choose to bundle Verizon Internet with television services to save money.
AT&T U-Verse packages start at $14.95 for a download speed of up to 6Mbps with a one-year contract. For $19.95, you can download at speeds up to 18 Mbps, and a download speed of 45 Mbps is available for $29.95. All plans require at least a one-year contract. Like other providers, you can save money with AT&T if you bundle your Internet with wireless phone or TV services.
Comcast does not offer a mobile Internet option. However, as a customer, you have access to nationwide Comcast hotspots for free.
Verizon Wireless offers a number of mobile MiFI hotspots, which provide access to 4G LTE Internet wherever you go. Prices range from 99 cents to $50.00 if you use your device with a Verizon data plan and sign a two-year contract. You can also use your mobile hotspot with a prepaid plan. Prepaid plans offer 3GB of data access for $60 per month and $90 per month for 10GB of data. You will have to pay full price for your device if you plan to choose the prepaid option. Prices range from $149.99 to $229.99. If you are already using Verizon for mobile phone service, you can add your hotspot to your plan for $20 or more per month, depending on how much data you plan to use.
AT&T’s GoPhone Mobile Hotspot provides prepaid 4G LTE Internet access. You can access 5 GB of data for $50 per month and 1.5GB of data for $25 per month. If you choose to add your hotspot to an already-existing contract, AT&T offers two free models. Or, you can pay between $149.99 and $199.99 for a device to use on a prepaid plan.
Making a Choice
Choosing an Internet service provider can be frustrating, so it’s tempting to just select the cheapest option. However, it’s important to ensure that the type of Internet you choose works with all your devices. For example, magicJack on the GO provides voice over Internet calling when connected to a modem that has either Wifi or 4G access. MagicJack on the GO will work with Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T home Internet, as well as Verizon and AT&T mobile hotspots.
Don’t buy into the Internet blindly! If this post has piqued your interest in searching for the perfect provider for your Internet needs you can continue with further research to ensure the provider is offering what you want, at a price you can afford, before you hand over your credit card!