Compare Frontier vs. Spectrum

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Is Frontier or Spectrum a better fit for you?

At Allconnect®, we’ve done the research on Frontier and Spectrum, so you can compare and choose the best internet, TV and home phone provider for you in one convenient spot. Depending on your home TV and internet needs, you may find either Spectrum or Frontier a better fit for you.

  • Best for affordable internet plansFrontier offers the most affordable internet plans starting at $20/mo.* Starting speeds range from 1 Mbps to 6 Mbps by location.

As ranked byReviews.com as of 7/26/18.

  • Spectrum and Frontier both advertise speeds up to 940 Mbps.
  • Spectrum internet plans start at 100 Mbps; Frontier internet plans start at 1 Mbps.
  • Spectrum has more than 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.S.; Frontier has more than 800.
  • Frontier FiOS high-speed internet is available in 3 states: California, Texas and Florida.
  • Spectrum offers standalone TV plans starting at $64.99 per month. Frontier standalone TV plans start at $81.99 per month.*
  • Frontier DVR can record up to 12 shows at once; Spectrum DVR can record up to 6 shows at once.

*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 8/20/18.

 

Frontier vs. Spectrum quick comparison

Vantage Internet and Vantage Fiber by Frontier

  • Available in 29 states
  • Triple play bundles starting at $70/mo.*
  • Speeds from 24 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 10+ to 320+
  • DVR up to 4 shows at once
  • 2-year term agreement for select bundles

Frontier FiOS

  • Available in 3 states, FiOS TV available in 6 states
  • Triple play bundles starting at $70/mo.*
  • Speeds from 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 25+ to 37+
  • DVR up to 12 shows at once with Quantum TV Premium Service
  • 2-year term agreement for select bundles

Spectrum

  • Available in 45 states
  • Triple play bundles starting at $89.97/mo.*
  • Speeds from 100 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 125+ to 200+
  • DVR up to 2 shows at once with standard DVR, up to 6 shows with Enhanced DVR
  • No contract, 1-year price guarantee with select bundles

*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 8/9/18.

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Frontier vs. Spectrum service availability

Frontier offers internet, TV and home phone services in select areas of 29 states. Customers should note that Frontier sells FiOS internet in California, Florida and Texas. Spectrum offers internet, TV and home phone services in select areas of 41 states.

The two providers overlap in regions such as parts of New York, Ohio, Southeast Tennessee, Minnesota, Southern California and other areas of the U.S.

States where availability doesn’t overlap includes Texas, North Carolina, California, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, Georgia and others. For instance, Spectrum offers services in San Antonio, Austin, Laredo and other parts of Texas, while Frontier offers services in counties surrounding Dallas, rural areas west of Austin and College Station.

Frontier major metro areas

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Frontier vs. Spectrum packages & bundles

Frontier and Spectrum offer different types of internet, TV and phone connections. Depending on where you live, Frontier may offer high-speed broadband, fiber or DSL internet and TV services. On the other hand, Spectrum offers cable internet and TV.

The two providers offer comparable TV channel packages and premium channel promotions. They also offer similar internet speeds where Frontier high-speed broadband and fiber internet are available.

Vantage Internet Triple Play bundle

  • Simply Extreme Internet 90 Mbps - $40/mo.* standalone
  • Vantage TV Select 130+ channels - $72/mo.* standalone
  • Voice Unlimited - $32.99/mo.* standalone
  • Internet, TV and phone - $80/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $64.99/mo.*

Frontier FiOS Triple Play Bundle

  • FiOS 100 Mbps - $40/mo.* standalone
  • FiOS TV Prime HD - $81.99/mo.* standalone
  • Digital Phone Unlimited - $32.99/mo.* standalone
  • Internet, TV and FiOS Digital Voice - $80/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $74.98/mo.*

Spectrum Triple Play Bundle

  • Standard Internet 100 Mbps - $44.99/mo.* standalone
  • TV Select 125+ channels - $64.99/mo.* standalone
  • Spectrum Voice - $19.99/mo.* in a Spectrum double play
  • Internet, TV and phone - $89.97/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $40/mo.*

Frontier standalone TV plans and standalone phone plans cost more than Spectrum’s, leading to higher savings when you bundle Frontier services. Plus, Spectrum marks up the cost of phone services to $29.99/mo.* for triple play bundles compared to $19.99/mo.* for double play packages, so potential Spectrum savings drop when you buy a triple play.

*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 8/20/18.

 

What shoppers should consider in different regions

Both providers’ pricing and package options vary across the U.S., especially Frontier’s. Frontier offers different internet speeds in separate regions. Frontier also tends to offer higher internet speeds with bundles than with standalone internet plans.

Spectrum and Frontier both have select availability with TV services, too. In different areas, each provider may only offer TV service as part of a bundle. Because internet speed pricing changes so much and standalone options aren’t comparable in certain regions, potential “bundle savings” can differ across the U.S.

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Frontier vs. Spectrum internet

Compare speed options based on lowest starting price

  Starting price Starting speeds Fastest speeds Internet type Wi-Fi hotspots
Vantage Fiber $30/mo.* 50 Mbps 500 Mbps Fiber 800+ Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Vantage Internet $30/mo.* 24 Mbps 115 Mbps FTTN 800+ Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Frontier Broadband $20/mo.* 1 Mbps to 6 Mbps 24 Mbps DSL 800+ Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Frontier FiOS $30/mo.* 50 Mbps 500 Mbps Fiber 800+ Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Spectrum $44.99/mo.* 100 Mbps 940 Mbps Cable More than 250,000 nationwide

*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 8/20/18.

Frontier and Spectrum internet plans can be difficult to compare. Frontier offers diverse internet connection types, so plan options aren’t consistent across most of the U.S.

Frontier sells DSL, fiber and FTTN (Fiber-to-the-node, a mix of fiber and DSL). Each type has different speed capabilities, and Frontier seldom offers multiple types in the same area. For instance, in one area of the country, standalone internet plan speeds start at 1 Mbps while in other areas, they may start at 3 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 30 Mbps or 50 Mbps.

Spectrum offers fewer internet speed options since they only sell cable products. While Spectrum doesn’t offer as many options, they do provide more consistent speeds and pricing across the country. In many areas, Spectrum tends to offer higher internet speeds than Frontier because Frontier high-speed fiber internet has select availability.

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Frontier vs. Spectrum cheap internet plans

In areas where Spectrum and Frontier are both available, Frontier offers the cheapest internet plans. However, most Frontier internet plans cost more per Mbps than Spectrum internet plans, making Spectrum internet plans more cost-efficient.

The exception is Frontier FiOS 150 Mbps—at 26.6 cents/Mbps in select areas, it is a better value than Spectrum 100 Mbps, which costs 45 cents/Mbps.

Customers may be able to cut costs on both Frontier and Spectrum plans because both providers offer free installation and setup with select plans and packages. Both providers also offer unlimited data.

  • $20/mo.* for 1 Mbps to 6 Mbps
  • $3.33 per Mbps to $20 per Mbps*
  • $5/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with 2-year contract, $10/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with no contract
  • $75 setup and installation fee
  • 2-year term agreement or no monthly term agreement available

  • $30/mo.* for 50 Mbps
  • 60 cents per Mbps
  • $5/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with 2-year contract, $10/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with no contract
  • $75 setup and installation fee
  • 2-year term agreement or no monthly term agreement available

  • $30/mo.* for 24 Mbps
  • $1.25 per Mbps
  • $5/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with 2-year contract, $10/mo.* Wi-Fi router rental with no contract
  • $75 setup and installation fee
  • 2-year term agreement or no monthly term agreement available

  • $44.99/mo.* for 100 Mbps
  • 45 cents per Mbps
  • Internet modem included, $5/mo.* Wi-Fi rental available
  • $49.99 setup and installation fee
  • No monthly term agreement

*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 8/20/18.

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Frontier vs. Spectrum fastest internet plans

Depending where you live, Frontier may offer internet speeds from 1 Mbps up to 940 Mbps, but speeds up to 940 Mbps are very limited. More commonly, the fastest internet speeds available with Frontier’s two fiber brands are speeds up to 500 Mbps.

Frontier offers its next fastest tier of internet plans with speeds up to 115 Mbps. The fastest speeds for Frontier Broadband plans (DSL) are up to 24 Mbps.

Spectrum started rolling out gig speeds in April 2018 when they added DOCSIS 3.1 technology to existing cable internet lines. In many areas, customers can upgrade from starting speeds of 100 Mbps to 940 Mbps for an internet enhancement fee.

  • 500/500 - 500 Mbps
  • $150/mo.*
  • Fiber internet

  • Simply Broadband Elite - 25 Mbps
  • $35/mo.*
  • DSL internet

  • Vantage Internet Power - 115 Mbps
  • $60/mo.*
  • High-speed broadband internet

  • Spectrum Internet GIG - 940 Mbps
  • $104.99/mo.*
  • Cable internet

*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 8/20/18.

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Frontier vs. Spectrum TV

As you compare TV providers and plans, consider the following plan features and costs:

  • Channel ranges
  • DVR options and storage
  • Premium channels
  • Equipment costs
  • Setup and installation
  • TV add-on options

Comparing these factors can help you find the best provider and plan for you.

 

Frontier TV costs vs. Spectrum TV costs

Spectrum’s TV plan pricing starts lower than Frontier’s TV plan pricing. Spectrum charges fewer monthly fees than Frontier and also charges less for installation and monthly set-top box rental. However, both providers frequently waive installation and setup fees for qualifying deals.

Vantage TV

  • Starts at $87/mo.*
  • Starts with 210+ to 290+ channels
  • $75 setup and installation fee, fee waived with qualifying packages
  • $2.99/mo.* broadcast fee
  • $11/mo.* Set-top box fee
  • $15/mo.* Whole Home DVR

FiOS TV Prime HD

  • Starts at $81.99/mo.*
  • Starts with 240+ to 315+ channels
  • $75 setup and installation fee, fee waived with qualifying packages
  • $2.99/mo.* broadcast fee
  • $11/mo.* Set-top box fee
  • $15/mo.* Whole Home DVR

Spectrum TV Select

  • Starts at $64.99/mo.*
  • Starts with 125+ channels
  • $49.99 setup and installation fee
  • $6.99/mo.* Set-top box fee
  • $8.85/mo.* broadcast 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 8/20/18.

 

Frontier vs. Spectrum TV channel packages

Frontier offers the highest channel counts, but TV package options vary quite a bit. In some areas, FiOS TV packages start at 115 channels, but they may be unavailable as standalone plans. In other regions, you can purchase standalone FiOS TV packages starting with 300+ channels. Frontier Vantage TV packages can also be customized to include movie, family entertainment, sports or premium channels where Vantage TV is available. In contrast, Spectrum simply offers cable TV, and their cable plans have fewer customizations.

Frontier offers 4 FiOS channel packages and 5 Vantage TV channel packages, each including a local TV package. Spectrum offers 3 comparable TV plan options.

Vantage TV

  • 10+ to 325+ channels
  • 5 channel packages available, Vantage Select offers 3 unique packages
  • 3 Latino channel packages available
  • 1 Sports Pack & 10 premium channel plans
  • 20,000+ On Demand movies and shows
  • Free HBOⓇ, EPIXⓇ, STARZⓇ or CINEMAXⓇ for 12 months with qualifying bundles
  • DVR 4 shows at once with Total-home DVR
  • More than 300 hours of Whole Home DVR storage
  • Local channels included

Frontier FiOS DVR & channel options

  • 25+ to 370+ channels
  • 4 channel packages available
  • 3 add-on channel packs, 1 Sports Pass option & 12 premium channel plans
  • Free HBOⓇ, EPIXⓇ, STARZⓇ or CINEMAXⓇ for 12 months with qualifying bundles
  • DVR 2 shows at once with standard service, up to 12 shows at once with FiOS Quantum TV Premium Service
  • Up to 100 hours of HD DVR storage
  • Local channels included

Spectrum TV Select

  • 125+ channels to 200+ channels
  • 3 channel packages available
  • Up to 30,000 On Demand titles, 2 entertainment channel packs & 11 international channel add-ons
  • Free HBOⓇ, SHOWTIMEⓇ & CINEMAXⓇ for 12 months with qualifying bundles
  • DVR 2 shows at once with basic DVR, up to 6 shows at once with Enhanced DVR
  • 30-100 hours of DVR storage depending on the equipment
  • Local channels included

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Unique provider services

Spectrum offers Spectrum Stream

In select areas, Spectrum offers Spectrum TV Stream. It is not a standalone service, but can be bundled with internet where available. Spectrum TV Stream offers customers more than 25 live channels including AMC, CNN, TLC, TNT, USA and more. It also offers the ability to add a premium channel pack to Spectrum TV Stream for only $15/mo.*

Frontier offers DSL and DISH bundles

Customers can bundle Frontier Broadband internet with DISH TV to create a custom package. DSL connections can’t offer TV services like fiber or high-speed broadband connections can, so Frontier offers customers the option to pair Frontier Broadband with satellite TV. Frontier internet and home phone bundled with DISH TV starts at $101.99/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 8/20/18.

Frontier vs. Spectrum customer satisfaction

In 2018, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) ranked Spectrum 6 points ahead of Frontier for internet services. Spectrum received a 60 out of 100 and Frontier received a 54. In ACSI’s TV service provider rankings, Spectrum received a 58 and Frontier received a 56 out of 100.

On ConsumerAffairs, Spectrum has a 1.4 star rating and Frontier Communications has a 1.2 star rating.

Last updated 8/20/18.

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