Cox vs. Frontier 2021 comparison

Looking for the best home services near you? See how Cox and Frontier Communications internet and TV service stack up.

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Is Cox or Frontier the provider for you?

If Cox and Frontier services are available in your area, you may be wondering which is the better option for your household. Consider minimum and maximum internet speeds offered, availability of cost-effective deals and ways to save money with bundle deals. Take a look at our breakdown of Cox and Frontier deals that may be available near you.

  • Availability: Frontier DSL internet is available in more locations than Cox, but Cox is offered in more areas than Frontier FiberOptic.
  • Cheap internet: At $29.99/mo. for up to 25 Mbps Cox has slightly cheaper pricing. However, Frontier has lower pricing on higher-tiered plans and has fewer added fees than Cox.
  • Fast internet: Both Cox and Frontier offer speeds up to 940 Mbps. However, Frontier’s high-speed internet deal is a better value. With the Frontier FiberOptic Gigabit plan, you get speeds up to 940 Mbps for only $79.99/mo. In comparison, Cox’s Gigablast internet costs $99.99/mo. 
  • TV options: Frontier offers more TV options than Cox with up to 500+ channels, whereas Cox only offers up to 250+. 

Take a look at our in-depth research on Cox and Frontier services and some details you should consider before you commit to a TV or high-speed internet plan.

Cox vs. Frontier internet quick comparison

  • Available in 18 states
  • Bundles starting at $89.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from 10 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 140-250+ channels
  • Record up to six shows at once
  • One-year, two-year and no contract plans available
  • $9.99/mo.* rental fee for Wi-Fi modem
  • Available in 25 states
  • Bundles starting at $74.98/mo.*
  • FiberOptic speeds from 50 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 25-500+ channels
  • Record up to 12 shows at once
  • No contract required
  • Free Wi-Fi router rental with select plans

Our recommendation

Cox is the best choice for most people. Its mid-tier plans — 150 Mbps for $59.99/mo. and 50 Mbps for $39.99/mo. — offer solid speeds for fair prices. That’s plenty of bandwidth for most households, and Cox doesn’t force you into a long-term contract, either. Customers have been happier overall with Cox, too. Both the American Customer Satisfaction Index and Consumer Reports awarded Cox a higher score than Frontier.

The downside is that Cox’s bundles aren’t as strong as Frontier’s. If you want to add TV to your internet package, you can find a slightly better deal with Frontier. But we’d still recommend comparing prices with live TV streaming services, which often provide fewer cable channels for a lower monthly bill.

Cox internet vs. Frontier internet

As a cable internet service, Cox is able to offer more consistent speed tiers and pricing in various locations, although plans will come with 1TB of data each month. Once your data limit is hit, your network will be reprioritized to better assist with congestion.

Available Frontier internet speeds may vary by location, especially if you have access to Frontier DSL service. All Frontier plans come with unlimited data and require no annual contract.

Cox internet plans may also include one or two-year contract agreements. If you opt for a contract with Cox, your plan comes with promotional pricing for the entirety of your agreement. Subscribers who go with a month-to-month plan will pay more for service.

Cox vs. Frontier cheap internet plans

Internet users who like to occasionally browse the web, check email, news or social media may be interested in a basic plan from Cox or Frontier. Basic plans from Frontier are a bit cheaper than Cox in most areas, but Cox offers faster speeds with their lowest-priced plan.

Not enough speed for your household? Cox offers a 50 Mbps plan for only $10 more each month. Frontier also offers a plan with a little extra speed (50 Mbps) for just $49.99/mo.* where available.

The best in fastest internet plans

Cox vs. Frontier fastest internet

You can get gig speeds from Cox and Frontier, but Cox’s limited service area and Frontier’s finite amount of gig-speed areas will make it difficult to get those speeds from either provider. You’re more likely to get speeds up to 300 Mbps in any Cox area and up to 500 Mbps from Frontier. Either alternative is more than enough for a moderately sized household with multiple devices and smart home integration.

The best in bundle deals

Frontier vs. Cox bundles

Providers offer bundle deal options for users that are interested in more than one service. If you’re interested in internet and TV or internet, TV and home phone services, you can bundle with Cox or Frontier.

Both Cox and Frontier offer appealing bundles, but available services and total savings will mostly depend on what’s available near your home.

Cox vs. Frontier TV

Cox offers one standalone TV package, but you’ll have more TV options if you choose to bundle. Cox’s Flex Contour Pack, for example, is a streaming-based TV service that you can only get with qualifying Cox internet service.

Frontier gives you more TV package options, but you may also be required to add internet service to qualify for certain Frontier TV packages.

Cox vs. Frontier TV packages and pricing

Cox matches Frontier in premium channels and add-on options, but you’ll find fewer TV plans to choose from. When it comes to Cox vs. Frontier DVR service, Frontier enables you to record twice as many shows as you’ll get with Cox, so if you’re all about DVR capability, Frontier is your best bet. Your location will determine which Cox and Frontier plans are available to you, but Cox’s smaller service area may limit your TV channel options even further.

The best in availability

You’re more likely to find Frontier coverage than Cox coverage since Frontier is available in nearly twice as many states. However, residents of some major metropolitan areas may have access to service from both providers. 

Cox’s top 5 most covered states

Frontier’s top 5 most covered states

Areas where Cox and Frontier services overlap include central Connecticut, the Florida Panhandle and Southern California. Whereas Frontier used to offer more coverage in the Northwest, Frontier recently sold their infrastructure in the Northwest to Ziply Fiber. 

The best in customer satisfaction

Looking for provider reviews from real consumers like you? Check out the ACSI Telecommunications Report for annual internet and TV customer satisfaction rankings based on customer feedback. Here’s how Frontier and Cox stack up in customer satisfaction over the past three years.

Cox vs. Frontier FAQs

Is Cox cheaper than Frontier?

Yes. Cox’s internet plans are cheaper than Frontier’s. Cox’s plans start $29.99/mo., compared to $37.99/mo. for Frontier.

Both Cox and Frontier offer plans with speeds up to 940 Mbps, but they are only available in select areas.

Cox has a 1TB data cap on all of its internet plans, while Frontier includes unlimited data with all of its plans.

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David Anders

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David Anders

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David joined the Allconnect team in 2017, specializing in broadband and TV content. His work has been referenced by a variety of sources, including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. As a Senior Writer, David is motivate… Read more

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