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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. Allconnect’s® internet and TV experts have done the heavy research so you don’t have to. Take a look at our breakdown on Cox and Frontier deals that may be available near you.

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 09/11/18.

  • Best for bundle deals: Cox offers the most affordable bundle deal with $55 in monthly savings.
  • Best for fastest internet plans: Cox offers the fastest internet plan with 1,000 Mbps for $119.99/mo.*
  • Best for cheap TV plans: Frontier offers the most affordable TV plans with local programming and 60+ channels for $29/mo.*
  • Best for TV channel packages: Frontier offers the widest range of channel options with 10+ channel packages and various premium and add-on options.

 

*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 9/11/18.

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 quick comparison

cox tv

  • Available in 18 states
  • Bundles starting at $89.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from 10 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 140-250+ channels
  • Record up to 6 shows at once
  • 1-, 2-year and no contract plans available
  • $9.99/mo.* rental fee for Wi-Fi modem

frontier tv

  • Available in 38 states
  • Bundles starting at $101.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from 1 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 190-400+ channels
  • Record up to 12 shows at once
  • No contract plans available
  • Free Wi-Fi router rental with select 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 9/11/18.

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The best in availability

You’re more likely to be located in a Frontier serviceable area than Cox since Frontier is available in more than twice as many states. However, residents of major metropolitan areas will likely have access to service from both providers.

Cox major metro areas

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The best in bundle deals

Cox vs. Frontier 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 to decrease your monthly bill.

Cox Bronze Bundle with Phone

  • Internet 100 Mbps - $49.99/mo.* standalone
  • TV 140+ channels - $64.99/mo.*
  • Phone - $29.99/mo.*
  • Internet, TV and phone - $89.99/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: About $55/mo.*

Frontier Broadband Ultra + America’s Top 200 + Digital Phone Unlimited

  • Internet 12 Mbps - $25/mo.* standalone
  • TV 240+ channels - $79.99/mo.* standalone
  • Phone - $32/mo.* when bundled with internet
  • Internet, TV and phone - $106.99/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $5/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 9/11/18.

Although Cox offers a greater range of internet speeds than Frontier, and Frontier offers more TV options than Cox, comparable bundles from both providers look different when it comes to monthly savings. The Bronze bundle from Cox comes with higher internet speeds, a lower monthly price and almost $55 in monthly savings. Frontier’s triple service bundle comes with less than 25% of Cox’s internet speeds and 100 more channels, but only $5 in monthly savings.

Your access to these bundle deals will mostly depend on what’s available near your home. Call now to learn more about your options.

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Cox internet vs. Frontier internet

  Starting price Starting speeds Fastest speeds Data caps
 $19.99/mo.* 10 Mbps DSL, 300 Mbps; Gigablast, 1,000 Mbps 1 TB/mo.
 $20/mo.* DSL, 1 Mbps in select areas; Fiber, 50 Mbps DSL, 25 Mbps; Fiber, 500 Mbps  No

*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 9/11/18.Although Cox and Frontier offer gig-speed internet, it’s only available in limited areas nationwide with both providers. Cox and Frontier offer basic internet plans for a starting price of $20/mo., but Cox offers a starting speed of 10 Mbps versus Frontier’s 1 Mbps.

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The best in affordable internet plans

Internet users that 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 either provider start around the same monthly price, but a plan from Cox provides triple the speed with half the amount of time on your contract. You’ll also have the option to self-install with Cox allowing you to save more than $50 compared with professional installation.

 

  • Starting at $19.99/mo.* for 10 Mbps
  • Almost $2 per Mbps (with cheapest plan)
  • $9.99/mo.* 2-in-1 modem rental fee
  • $20 self-installation or $75 professional installation
  • 1-year contract

frontier tv

  • Starting at $20/mo.* for 3 Mbps
  • More than $6 per Mbps (with cheapest plan)
  • $10/mo.* router rental fee
  • $75 installation fee
  • 2-year contract

 

*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 9/11/18.

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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. Call now to get more information on your area’s speed options from Cox and Frontier.

 

  • Up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Starting at $119.99/mo.*
  • Hybrid fiber coaxial connection
  • 1 TB/mo.*

frontier tv

  • Up to 500 Mbps
  • Starting at $150/mo.*
  • Fiber-optic connection
  • Unlimited data

 

*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 9/11/18.

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Cox vs Frontier TV

Casual TV viewers may want to take advantage of a provider’s most affordable plan with the best overall value for the price. If you’re interested in a custom entertainment experience for your home, consider provider features like add-ons, premium channels, DVR capabilities and channel package variety. 

Cox vs. Frontier TV costs

  • Starts at $64.99/mo.*
  • 75+ local and free HD programming
  • $20 self-installation or $75 professional installation
  • Record 2 DVR service $12.99/mo.* and Record 6 DVR service $19.99/mo.*
  • Up to $7.50/mo.* broadcast surcharge

frontier tv

  • Starts at $29/mo.* 
  • Local channels plus 60+ channels
  • $80 professional installation 
  • Total Home DVR $15/mo.* and $11/mo.* box rental
  • $1.99/mo.* broadcast TV fee

 

*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 9/11/18.

If you’re located in an area where Frontier FiOS or Vantage TV service is available, your most affordable option may look a little different. Call now to learn more about Cox and Frontier TV services offered near you.

Cox vs. Frontier TV channel packages

Frontier’s partnership with DISH along with Vantage and FiOS TV services, allow buyers to choose from a variety of TV packages and channel lineups. Your location will determine which of Frontier’s TV packages (DISH, Vantage or FiOS) you’ll shop from.

  • 75-250+ channels
  • 3+ channel packages available
  • 6+ channel premium and sports paks add-on options 
  • DVR capabilities vary by equipment rental

frontier tv

  • 60-400+ channels
  • 10+ channel packages available
  • Add-on options vary by TV service 
  • Premium channel offerings vary by TV service 
  • DVR capabilities vary 

Cox matches Frontier in DVR capabilities, premium channels and add-on options, but you’ll find fewer TV plans to choose from. 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.

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Unique provider services

Cox Contour Flex

The Cox Contour Flex plan starts with 75+ popular networks and 50 music channels. Add Economy and Latino Paks or additional premium channels to your TV service, or stick with the free premium channel you get to choose at checkout. Contour Flex starts at $49.99/mo.* and includes Cox Internet Essential 30.

Frontier DISH Flex Pack

Build a TV plan that’s perfect for you with the DISH Flex Pack from Frontier. Starting at $34.99/mo.*, your plan comes with 50 popular sports, news and entertainment networks. You can keep it simple, or add on additional channel packs geared towards you and your family’s interests. Customize with more premium channels or get more local news and variety.

At first glance, the DISH Flex Pack may seem like the most cost-effective skinny TV option, but if you’re looking to get more for your money, you can pay an additional $15 for more base channels and internet with speeds up to 30 Mbps with Cox. If you’re only interested in TV service, Frontier’s DISH Flex Pack comes with just as many customization options and is an affordable option for those that are interested in skinny TV service.

*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 9/11/18.

The best in customer satisfaction

Looking for provider reviews from real consumers like you? Check out the ACSI Telecommunications Report for annual video, data and voice service rankings based on customer satisfaction. 

For the year of 2018, Cox received a 60 and Frontier received a 56 out of 100 in subscription television service. In internet service, Cox earned a 59 while Frontier’s score dropped two points from last year to a 54 out of 100. Visit theacsi.org to learn more about the customer satisfaction reports of providers in your area. 

Last updated on 09/11/18.

 

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