AT&T vs. Cox comparison

Compare AT&T and Cox internet and TV packages to find the right provider for your home.

Is AT&T or Cox better for your home?

AT&T and Cox offer comparable internet and TV services in many of the same areas. If your home is eligible for both providers, you may be wondering, “Is AT&T or Cox better?” Depending on what you’re looking for, either service could prove to be the better one for your home.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of time comparing AT&T and Cox, because we’ve done the work for you already. Read on to see how AT&T and Cox compare in availability, bundle packages, internet service, TV and customer satisfaction.

    • Best in availability

AT&T is available to more households (40% of the U.S. compared to Cox’s 7%), but Cox offers service in more regions across the U.S.

    • Best for bundle discounts

Cox offers greater discounts for bundling services.

    • Fastest internet speeds

Both providers offer gigabit internet, with speeds approaching 1,000 Mbps, but AT&T currently offers it in more areas.

    • Best TV package options

AT&T gives you more robust TV options with their DIRECTV service and is the exclusive provider of NFL SUNDAY TICKET.

    • Best customer satisfaction

AT&T customer satisfaction for internet and TV ranked higher than Cox for the past three years.

We make it easy to find and compare internet and TV providers for your home. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect from AT&T vs. Cox services.

AT&T vs. Cox quick comparison

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  • Available in 21 states
  • Internet and U-verse TV bundles starting at $75/mo.*
  • Standalone internet starting at $40/mo.*
  • Internet download speeds range 5 to 1,000 Mbps
  • TV channels range 190 to 565+
  • One-year contract required

  • Available in 18 states
  • Internet and TV bundles starting at $54.99/mo.*
  • Standalone internet starting at $29.99/mo.*
  • Internet download speeds range 10 to 1,000 Mbps
  • TV channels range 75 to 250+
  • One or two-year contract required with most plans

*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. As of 10/16/19.

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AT&T vs. Cox availability

AT&T internet and U-verse TV service is available in 21 states, primarily southern and midwest states plus Nevada and California. Cox internet and TV service spans only 18 states but covers more regions of the U.S. than AT&T. Top service areas for each provider include:

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AT&T vs. Cox bundles

AT&T and Cox offer bundles with various combinations of internet and U-verse TV. Cox also offers home security services available to add to your bundle. Here’s a look at featured AT&T bundles and Cox bundles that may be available in your area.

U-verse TV U-family + AT&T Internet 100

  • Starting at $75/mo.*
  • Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • No internet data cap when bundling
  • 190+ TV channels
  • One-year contract required for TV
  • Bundled savings: $20/mo.*

Cox Bronze Duo

  • Starting at $89.99/mo.*
  • Speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • Internet data cap 1 TB/mo.
  • Contour TV 140+ channels*
  • Two-year contract required for internet and TV bundles
  • Bundled savings: $39.99/mo.*

*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. As of 10/17/19.

As you can see, AT&T and Cox offer comparable services for about the same price. Cox offers greater bundle savings, but that’s largely because their pricing for standalone TV and home phone is higher.

AT&T and Cox both offer additional bundles with faster internet speeds and more TV channels. Click the button below to further compare AT&T vs. Cox internet and TV bundle options available in your area.
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AT&T vs. Cox internet

AT&T provides DSL and fiber-optic internet in select areas. While DSL is more widely available, their fiber internet offers faster speeds. Cox uses cable internet technology, which features high availability and fast speeds across their network.

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  • Network: DSL, fiber
  • Price range: $30 to $90/mo.*
  • Speed range: 5 to 1,000 Mbps
  • Data caps: 1 TB/mo., none with AT&T Fiber 1000 plan or qualifying bundles
  • Included equipment: Wi-Fi Gateway Router
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: access to 500,000+ included for free

  • Network: cable
  • Price range: $29.99 to $119.99/mo*
  • Speed range: 10 to 1,000 Mbps
  • Data caps: 1 TB/mo. on all plans
  • Included equipment: None
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: access to 70,000+ included for free

*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. As of 10/17/19.

Cox gives you a few more internet speed options than AT&T, with plans ranging from 10 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps in most places where Cox is available. AT&T Fiber gives you up to three plan options ranging from 100 to 1,000 Mbps, but their DSL service often limits you to the highest speed available in your area, up to 100 Mbps.

AT&T vs. Cox data caps

AT&T and Cox internet plans come with a data allowance of 1 TB/mo. AT&T offers unlimited data with their AT&T Fiber 1000 plan and with qualifying AT&T bundles. Both AT&T and Cox have unlimited data plan options for an added monthly fee. Most users won’t need anywhere near 1 TB/mo., but it’s nice to have the option of unlimited data from AT&T and Cox if it is necessary.
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AT&T vs. Cox cheapest internet plans

If you need an internet connection for little more than checking email, browsing social media and streaming the occasional TV show, a cheap internet plan might be best for you. AT&T and Cox offer relatively low-priced internet options. Here’s a look a the cheapest internet from AT&T and Cox.

AT&T Internet (DSL)

  • Starting price: $30/mo.*
  • Download speed: up to 5 Mbps
  • Data cap: 1 TB/mo.
  • Equipment included: AT&T Gateway Router
  • Contract: One year
  • Professional installation: $99* (not required)

AT&T Fiber 100

  • Starting price: $40/mo.*
  • Download speed: up to 100 Mbps
  • Data cap: 1 TB/mo.
  • Equipment included: AT&T Gateway Router
  • Contract: One year
  • Professional installation: included

Cox Internet Starter 10

  • Starting price: $29.99/mo.*
  • Download speed: up to 10 Mbps
  • Data cap: 1 TB/mo.
  • Equipment included: none, personal equipment use optional
  • Contract: One year
  • Professional installation: $75 one-time fee or self install $20*

*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. As of 10/17/19.

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AT&T vs. Cox fastest internet plans

AT&T and Cox both offer gigabit internet. These high-speed internet plans are fast enough to handle intense online activity, such as streaming video in HD, gaming online and connecting multiple devices at once.

AT&T Fiber 1000

  • Download speed: up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Starting price: $70/mo.*
  • Data cap: none
  • Equipment included: AT&T Wi-Fi Gateway Router
  • Contract: One year

Cox Gigablast

  • Download speed: up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Starting price: $119.99/mo.*
  • Data cap: 1 TB/mo.
  • Equipment included: none, Panoramic Wi-Fi modem required, starting at $10.99/mo.*
  • Contract: none required

*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 10/17/19.

AT&T’s Internet 1000 gives you the same download speeds as Cox’s Gigablast plan, but for a significantly lower starting price and without a monthly data cap. AT&T also includes necessary internet equipment at no extra cost while Cox charges an additional monthly rental fee for their Panoramic Wi-Fi equipment.

If you don’t need gigabit speeds AT&T and Cox offer plans with speeds ranging from 100 to 300 Mbps plans. Though not as fast as gigabit service, these plans still give you ample speed for streaming, gaming and downloading on multiple devices.

Not sure what speeds you need? Here’s a guide to finding the right speeds for your home. Once you’ve got an idea of what speeds you need, check to see what’s available in your area.

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AT&T U-verse TV vs. Cox TV service

Where available, AT&T U-verse TV gives you four TV package options. Unless you bundle, Cox only gives you one choice, the Cox Contour TV package, which comes with 140+ channels. Cox Contour TV Ultimate, with 250+ channels, and Cox Flex TV, a streaming option with 75+ channels, are only available with Cox bundle packages.

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  • Standalone TV package options: four
  • Channel range: 190 to 565+
  • Starting price range: $59.99 to $134.99/mo.*
  • DVR service: Included
  • DVR recordings: Up to four shows at once
  • DVR equipment cost: One device free, then starting at $10/mo. each*
  • Contract: One year

  • Standalone TV package options: One (more available when bundled with internet)
  • Channel range: 75 to 250+
  • Starting price range: $64.99/mo.*
  • DVR service: starting at $12.99 to $19.99/mo.*
  • DVR recordings: Up to six shows at once
  • DVR equipment cost: One included, starting at $8.50/mo. for each additional*
  • Contract: none required

*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 10/17/19.

AT&T U-verse TV gives you more package options and lower pricing, especially considering Cox’s added fees for DVR service and equipment. If you plan on bundling, however, Cox may be the better option as you get more discounts for bundling with Cox vs. AT&T U-verse.

You can use our AT&T U-verse TV channel guide, as well as our Cox channel lineup, to find the TV plan with the channels you want.

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AT&T vs. Cox equipment and apps

AT&T and Cox offer unique equipment and apps to go with their internet and TV services. Available equipment and features will vary by location and service type. For example, you may be able to record more shows at once with AT&T U-verse TV when you have AT&T Fiber vs. AT&T DSL internet.

AT&T vs. Cox internet equipment

AT&T Gateway routers and the Panoramic router from Cox offer whole-home Wi-Fi and remote access and control from a mobile device. The main internet equipment difference between AT&T and Cox is the monthly price. AT&T’s Gateway router is included with your internet plan at no extra cost, whereas Cox charges a monthly equipment rental fee. You can use your own Cox compatible modem and router to save on the monthly cost, but doing so will prevent you from using the features of the Panoramic Wi-Fi device.

AT&T U-verse TV vs. Cox TV equipment

Cox gives you more receiver and DVR equipment options than AT&T U-verse. Cox lets you choose from DVRs that record up to two or six shows at once, or opt for an HD receiver for a lower monthly price. You can also use your own Cox-compatible TV equipment with a Cox CableCARD™. AT&T U-verse TV’s standard DVR device lets you record up to four shows at once.

AT&T vs. Cox apps

AT&T and Cox have free apps for Android and iOS devices that let you access your account info, monitor and control your Wi-Fi router and stream TV on your mobile device.

AT&T vs. Cox customer satisfaction

AT&T scores higher than Cox in customer satisfaction ratings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Here are each providers ratings out of 100 for internet and TV over the past three years.

Service2019 score2018 score2017 scoreAvg. past three years
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AT&T Internet
69/100686968.7

Cox Internet
60/100596260.3
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AT&T U-verse TV
69/100707069.7

Cox TV
59/100606160

Source: ACSI

AT&T vs. Cox frequently asked questions

Get quick answers to common questions about AT&T and Cox services. Call for more information about internet and TV services available in your area.

AT&T internet is available in 21 states, with primary coverage in the southern and midwest states, and areas of Nevada and California. Availability varies by ZIP code. Call to hear about available providers and services.

Cox is available in 18 states, with coverage in the south and southwest as well as parts of the midwest and northeast. Availability varies by ZIP code. Call to hear about available providers and services in your area.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is a DIRECTV exclusive through the 2020 NFL season. Therefore, NFL SUNDAY TICKET is not currently available with Cox TV service or AT&T U-verse.

You can order both services together; however, keep in mind that getting internet from one provider and TV from another may disqualify you for savings you would get for bundling with the same provider.

Internet pricing varies by location, but Cox offers standalone internet starting at $29.99/mo.*, while AT&T offers standalone internet plans starting at $30/mo.* AT&T does, however, offer gigabit internet for a lower price, starting at $70/mo.* vs. $119.99/mo.* for Cox.

*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 10/17/19.

AT&T and Cox both offer download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps where available.

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