Bundling home services has its pros and cons, but if you regularly use the internet like 89% of Americans and also love to watch TV, buying a TV and internet bundle can save you money each month. On top of possibly getting a lower monthly rate for bundling instead of buying TV and internet separately, you can probably also save money on installation costs. Check out installation fee savings and other perks of bundling.
The average installation and setup fee
In the table below, we calculated the average internet installation and setup fee for providers. Internet setup and installation costs an average of $78.79 according to our research, but fees can go up to $129.99 for premium installations depending on your provider and chosen setup method.
|Provider||Standard internet installation and setup cost|
|Average installation fee||$78.79|
The above were taken from “standard” installation fees listed by providers. Some fees still vary, such as MCTV, which charges less to install more than one MCTV service, or Optimum and Suddenlink, which offer a higher-cost, “premium” installation.
Last updated 12/4/18.
Two easy ways to save on TV and internet installation fees
To save on internet setup and installation fees, opt for self-installation if your provider offers it. Many providers, such as CenturyLink, Spectrum and Xfinity, offer self-installation and waive setup fees if you do it yourself.
You should ask about activation fees, though, which may apply even with self-installation. For instance, you must still pay an activation fee with new Cox service, even if you set up your new service without a professional. Cox internet and TV self-installation costs $20.
You can also save by bundling services. Providers may charge a setup and installation fee if you order an internet-only plan or TV-only service, but many waive the installation charge if you bundle home services.
Providers who waive setup and installation fees when you bundle
The following Allconnect providers don’t charge for setup and installation if you purchase select bundles.
- AT&T – Setup and installation fee is included with internet and TV packages for U-verse TV service
- Cox – Setup and installation fee is included for most bundles that include TV, home phone and internet
- Frontier – Setup and installation is included with select bundles
- Spectrum – Setup and installation fee is waived for select bundles
MCTV also charges a lower installation fee when you set up more than one service These are current installation and setup deals, but providers often change offers, including installation and setup services.
Last updated 12/4/18.
So how much do you save with each provider?
AT&T – AT&T charges up to $99 for installation.* If you are interested in adding U-verse TV service (180+ channels) to high-speed internet service ($50*/mo.) for an additional $25/mo.*, bundling U-verse TV and internet gets you a free installation. You also get back the cost of about 3 months of U-verse TV service. Plus, AT&T sets up both internet and TV. Bottom line savings – $99 on installation or 3 months U-Verse TV
Cox – Cox professional installation starts at $75*. Going from an internet-only plan at $59.99/mo.* (Cox Internet Preferred 100) to a Cox Bronze Bundle with internet, TV and home phone only costs $30 more per month,* and it gets you a free installation for all services. At those plan rates, your installation fee savings are about the same as 2 ½ months of TV and phone service. Bottom line savings – $75 or 2 ½ months TV & phone
Frontier – Frontier’s installation fee is $75*. Going from internet only at $30/mo.* (FiOS 50 Mbps internet) to a Fios Custom Essentials TV bundle with the same internet speed ($65/mo.*) costs $35 more per month and gets you free installation of all services. At those plan rates, your savings are about the same as 1 month of FiOS TV service. Bottom line savings – $75 or 1 month of FiOS TV
Spectrum – Spectrum’s standard installation fee is $49.99.* Going from an internet-only plan at $49.99/mo.* to Spectrum’s Triple Play Select plan at $99.97/mo.* with free installation saves you about the same cost as renting a Spectrum Wi-Fi router for 10 months, which is $5/mo.* Bottom line savings – $49.99 or 10 months of Wi-Fi router rental
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 12/04/18.
More perks of bundling internet, TV and phone
Bundling your home services could eliminate your installation fee, but that setup cost isn’t a deciding factor. Check out all the other features providers might offer with a bundle.
- Unique cable TV channels and favorite movie networks
- The convenience of a combined monthly bill
- Bonuses such as free streaming apps to watch TV on the go or shopping credits
- Offers like unlimited internet data when you bundle
- Cheaper than buying each service separately
- Higher speeds per dollar
So is bundling worth it?
Bundling not only gives you special offers such as free setup and installation — it may also give you better custom TV channel packages, lower monthly rates than purchasing services separately, access to higher internet speeds and unlimited data. Bundling usually gives you more entertainment for your dollar than choosing to mix and match services from different providers.
Choosing an internet bundle is often worth it, especially if you have to subscribe to multiple streaming services to get access to your favorite shows on each service. Why not enjoy great cable or satellite TV instead?
Comparing bundle deals and options isn’t easy, but the perks, such as exclusive sports channels, HD viewing and internet price savings, all make bundling an attractive option. If you’re ready to check out which bundles are available in your area, our experts make it easy to compare pricing and packages.
Originally published 06/25/18. Last updated 12/04/18.