I had a person ask me which is best, Comcast or Frontier and if the Dish Network could compare. They were most interested in the triple play packages where TV, Internet and Phone were included.
Comcast vs Dish: Dish Network’s basic setup is 120 channels for 24.99 per month for 12 months, then $40+ per month after the first year for 12 more months (you are looking at a 24 month contract). Reception can be bad during certain weather conditions.
Comcast vs Frontier: The 3 in 1 package (FiOS Triple Play, FiOS TV + FiOS Internet + Phone) from Frontier runs $89.99, but only for the first year and only if you subscribe to a home media DVR – I’m not sure how much that DVR subscription is, but I did read in the fine print that whatever the price is, it will increase to full price after 6 months.
It’s tricky, as they splash a No Term Contract all over the page along with the $89.99 price, but next to the 89.99 price is the text “For 1 year. Regular price $129.99/month.Plus taxes and fees. ” – so you can have it for $129.99 per month without any contract, but you’ll also be paying a $50 activation fee and whatever they charge for the DVR. Confusing to those that don’t read the fine print!
Here is Frontier’s fine print:
FiOS TRIPLE PLAY $40 OFF PER MONTH – EXCLUSIVE ONLINE OFFER: $40 monthly discount offer available to Verizon customers who order a new FiOS Triple/Quad Play bundle and subscribe to a Home Media DVR or DVR online. Monthly discount applied via $40 bill credit for first 12 months. DVR discount applied via bill credit for first 6 months only; beginning month 7 standard equipment charges apply. Other fees, taxes, equipment charges & terms apply. Activation fee waived via bill credit. Rate may increase after first year. Subject to credit approval & may require a deposit.
Comcast’s Triple Play runs $99 per month for the first 12 months, the from months 12 to 24, you’ll pay $114.99 (it’s a staggered two year contract), if you break that contract or downgrade, you’ll pay $129.99 per month. Speeds are much faster than Frontier DSL.
Here are some terms: Requires subscription to Digital Starter Cable, Performance High-Speed Internet and Comcast Digital Voice® Unlimited service. AFTER 12 MONTHS, MONTHLY CHARGE GOES TO $114.99 FOR MONTHS 13-24. AFTER 24 MONTHS, OR IF ANY SERVICE IS CANCELLED OR DOWNGRADED, REGULAR RATES APPLY UNLESS SERVICE IS CANCELLED. YOU MAY CANCEL SERVICE BY CALLING 1-800-COMCAST. Comcast’s current monthly charge for the Starter XF Triple Play is $129.99.
If you are in Michigan, another player is Arialink which runs $25.99 per month for internet only with a $50 hook up fee. Their download speed tops out at 3M and the upload speed is around 256k. Comcast has a similar ‘economy internet service’ for $26.95 – both are slow when compared to high speed internet. Arialink may be exactly what you want if Comcast or Version doesn’t offer anything in your area.
So what’s better in the battle between Comcast vs Frontier? Personally, I need high speed internet and in my area, Frontier can’t offer the same speed as Comcast so they win.
If you are a Comcast customer, at the end of your contract and your rates are going up, then rumor has it that you can negotiate a lower price by calling them and expressing your interest in canceling for Frontier’s Triple Play at $89.99 per month. I used a similar scenario last time they raised my rates and it worked for me!
If you’re thinking about breaking up the services, for example, internet from Comcast, Dish Network for TV and Frontier for phone, it ends up being more expensive.
I currently have Comcast and it’s been working great for me (goes down once in a while, but not enough for me to move).