Cheapest Internet Plans
You might have just left your previous internet provider’s service area. Or maybe you’re just wanting to start fresh with someone new. Whatever the circumstances, moving is the perfect time to reconsider your internet options. And after all that you’ve just spent on your move, you’re probably searching for the cheapest internet plans.
If you’re looking for ways to cut down on your monthly expenses, look no further. At MYMOVE, we’re sharing some of the cheapest internet service providers on the market and tips to help you avoid overpaying for internet.
Cheap internet plans under $50/mo.
You’ll find many cheap internet plans around the country for under $50/mo. Among those plans are a few types of internet connections: cable, DSL, fiber, and satellite.
Cable internet plans are generally the cheapest option, but if you’ve just moved to a rural area, satellite internet might be the only provider available.
Here are our top 10 picks for cheap internet plans under $50/mo. — regardless of connection type.
|Starting Price||Internet Type||Offers Speeds Up To||Contract Info||Add-ons||Data Caps|
|AT&T||$50/mo. for 12 months||DSL||128-384Mbps||No contract||Installation cost up to $99||1TB|
|CenturyLink||$49/mo||DSL||100Mbps||No contract||Modem cost $15/mo or $150 on- time fee. There’s an installation fee up to $125.||Unlimited|
|Cox||$29.99/mo.||Cable||1,000 Mbps||1 year contract||Installation, activation, equipment, and wiring fees.||1,000 Mbps|
|Frontier||$24.99/mo.||Fiber||50 Mbps||2 year contract||Installation, equipment and infrastructure surcharge fees.||Unlimited|
|Optimum||$24.95/mo.||Cable||200 Mbps||No contract||Installation fee||Unlimited|
|Spectrum||$44.99/mo.||Cable||400 Mbps||No contract||Installation fee||Unlimited|
|Suddenlink||$15/mo.||Cable||200 Mbps||No contract||Modem and installation fees, $99-$149||Unlimited|
|Verizon Fios||$39.99/mo.||Fiber||100 Mbps||No contract||Installation fees||Unlimited|
|Windstream||$35/mo.||DSL||100 Mbps||No contract||Installation fees||Unlimited|
|Xfinity||$39.99/mo.||Cable||15 Mbps||No contract||Installation fees||Unlimited|
*As of 10/25/2019
Internet availability varies by provider and location, so we’ve broken down availability of the plans listed above by state. Keep in mind that not all plans are available in every city. Be sure to check out availability for each provider at your new home address.
- AT&T – All states
- CenturyLink – AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
- Cox – AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IA, KS, LA, MA, MO, NE, NV, NC, OH, OK, RI, VA
- Frontier – IN, OR, WA, CA, FL, and TX.
- Optimum – CT, NJ, NY
- Spectrum – AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY
- Suddenlink – All states
- Verizon Fios – DC, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VI
- Windstream – AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KY, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX
- Xfinity – AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
Ways you can save
There are many ways you can avoid overpaying for internet. Some of these ideas are no brainers, while others require a little more strategy.
- Only pay for the speed you need: If you’re not paying attention to the details of your internet plan, you may pay more for a faster plan than you need. Most providers offer scenarios for each internet plan, depending on speed. For example, AT&T’s Internet 100 Plan is best if you’re interested in online shopping and browsing.
- Shop promotions and service bundles: Many internet service providers will run special promotions, especially for new customers. If you’re interested in bundling your services — meaning that you receive services like internet, TV, and mobile from the same company — you have the opportunity to save money on your internet bill.
- Choose a plan with a high data cap or unlimited: Data overage charges are common fees that can increase your monthly internet bill. If you’re looking for a cheap internet plan and don’t want to worry about usage, make sure you choose a plan with a high data cap or unlimited data.
- Check the fine print for additional fees: You may be attracted to the low monthly price of the internet plan written in big bold type, but make sure you read the fine print before you make a decision. That’s where you’ll find additional fees for things like installation, equipment, and wiring.
- Consider buying your own modem and router: You can avoid monthly equipment fees by using your own modem and router. Your one-time payment may seem expensive, but it will pay for itself in a matter of months.
Watch out for these unexpected costs
As we mentioned above, it’s important to read the fine print for the internet plan you’re interested in before you decide to make a purchase, because those fees may significantly increase your upfront costs or your monthly bill.
Keep an eye out for these fees:
- Installation fees: This is typically a one-time fee that usually costs $100 to $150 for professional installation. Some plans have a DIY installation, which is a little cheaper. If you feel comfortable enough to install your own equipment, you’ll save some money on installation.
- Equipment fees: This is the price you pay to lease your modem, router, or both. You can avoid this fee if you purchase your own equipment. Otherwise, the cost of the equipment will typically be added to your monthly bill.
- Early termination fees: If your internet plan is under contract, and you have to cancel the plan before your contract has ended, many internet providers will charge an early termination fee. So, opt for internet plans with no contract required, like many of the internet plans mentioned above.
- Data cap fees: One of the easiest ways to increase your monthly internet bill is by going over your data cap. Look for an internet plan that has a high data cap or none at all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get cheap Wi-Fi?
There are many inexpensive internet plans available by providers around the country. Take a look at the table above to find 10 internet plans under $50 per month — most if not all of them should include Wi-Fi connectivity at little or no extra charge.
How can I reduce my internet bill?
Make sure you’re only paying for the internet speed you need, bundle services if you can, look for an internet plan with a high data cap or unlimited data, and consider buying your own equipment.
How do I know if an internet plan has extra fees?
Make sure you read the fine print before you choose an internet plan. That’s where you’ll find hidden fees like installation, wiring, and cancellation fees.