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Is Frontier or Suddenlink better for your home?

Frontier and Suddenlink provide internet, TV and home phone services in many areas across the U.S. While Suddenlink will get you the cheapest starting prices, Frontier is the more affordable option long-term and provides faster upload speeds.

Frontier vs. Suddenlink review 

Although Suddenlink offers cheaper internet plans in the first year compared to Frontier, after the first year, Suddenlink’s plans will increase by around $70/mo. Frontier OpticOptic, in contrast, will only increase by $10/mo., making it a more affordable option and better value for the long-term.

Although Frontier FiberOptic is a better option than Suddenlink, if only Frontier DSL is available in your area, you will want to consider choosing Suddenlink instead.

How we scored internet providers

We evaluate broadband providers in four categories: affordability, performance, value and customer satisfaction. Each category contains multiple sub-factors, all of which are weighted differently to impact the provider’s overall score.

We evaluate broadband providers in four categories: affordability, performance, value and customer satisfaction. Each category contains multiple sub-factors, all of which are weighted differently to impact the provider’s overall score.

For each sub-factor, we score all providers on a continuous scale of 1 to 5, relative to the industry as a whole. Because the average download speed in America is currently 180 Mbps, for example, we assigned all plans with download speeds between 100 and 299 Mbps a score between 3 and 4. Xfinity’s 200 Mbps plan received a 3.50 score for download speed, while Spectrum’s 400 Mbps plan got a 4.16.

We only considered standardized data points in our scoring system. More abstract data like consistency of service and brand reputation is still part of our analysis, but we opted to let our writers address them in the context of each review.

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Frontier vs. Suddenlink internet

Frontier’s DSL internet service is the most widely available, but select metro areas may have access to Frontier FiberOptic internetSuddenlink’s HFC network is available in most Suddenlink-serviceable areas. Locations without access to Suddenlink’s HFC network may have fewer internet options and slower speeds.

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Allconnect Rating

3.79 / 5

Frontier FiberOptic plans and pricing

Suddenlink internet plans in your area

Allconnect Rating

3.28 / 5

Suddenlink plans and pricing

Which internet plan should you choose?

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Best overall plan: Frontier FiberOptic 500

Best overall internet plan: Frontier FiberOptic 500 

If you are looking for high-speed internet for a great price, Frontier’s 500 Mbps plan for $49.99/mo. is the way to go. While Suddenlink offers a similar plan, 400 Mbps plan for $50/mo., we would recommend choosing the Frontier 500 plan because after the first year, Suddenlink’s 400 Mbps plan will cost you $119.99/mo. Frontier’s 500 Mbps plan, in contrast, will only cost $10/mo. more after the first 12 months. 

Suddenlink internet plans in your area

Cheapest plans: Suddenlink

Cheapest overall internet plans: Frontier Basic Internet and Suddenlink Internet 200 

When it comes to cheapest starting prices, Suddenlink has Frontier beat. Suddenlink offers 200 Mbps for $30/mo. Just keep in mind this plan will increase to $99.99/mo. after the first 12 months. Frontier’s cheapest plan is its DSL plan, which offers up to 9 Mbps for $37.99/mo. We would not recommend either of these plans if you are looking for a good long-term value. 

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Fastest plan: Frontier Fiber

Fastest overall internet plans: Frontier FiberOptic Gig and Suddenlink Internet 1 Gig 

Both Frontier and Suddenlink offer gig speed internet plans. Frontier provides 940/880 (download/upload) Mbps for $74.99/mo. and Suddenlink provides 940/35 Mbps for $70/mo. We would recommend Frontier’s Gig plan since its upload speeds are faster and its price will not increase as much as Suddenlink’s price will increase by. 


Additional fees

Frontier: Equipment fees are included in the price. The only additional fee you have to worry about, therefore, is a one-time activation fee of $85 and a $3.99/mo. infrastructure fee with FiberOptic plans. There are no data caps so you won’t have to worry about an overage fee either.

Suddenlink: Charges $10/mo. for equipment. However, you can always opt to provide your own equipment to avoid this fee. You can also expect a network enhancement fee of $3.50/mo. and a one-time activation fee of $40. Installation costs $99 for standard installation or $149 for premium installation. Suddenlink has a data cap of 350GB on all plans as well. 


Frontier vs. Suddenlink internet and TV bundles

Frontier is currently not offering its own cable TV service but customers who are interested in bundling can choose to bundle their Frontier internet service with DISH TV.

Suddenlink internet and TV bundles are available in all Suddenlink service areas, but internet speeds and channels may vary by location. If you’re interested in Suddenlink TV, it’s actually cheaper to bundle with internet service than it is to buy standalone TV service. You can also add home phone to any internet and TV bundle for little-to-no extra cost.

Suddenlink bundles feature more TV channels and better pricing when compared to typical Frontier bundles. However, Suddenlink service will include monthly data caps on your internet service, so you’ll have to monitor your monthly usage. You also won’t receive as fast internet speeds with Suddenlink and will experience a major price increase after the first year. 

Frontier plans come with unlimited data, but the cheapest bundle package (illustrated above) is much more expensive than Suddenlink. Therefore, while Frontier is the best option for internet service, if cable TV is a priority, you may want to consider bundling with Suddenlink.

Frontier vs. Suddenlink TV service

Frontier is currently only offering TV service through DISH satellite TV. Suddenlink TV service is available wherever Suddenlink services are offered.


Frontier vs. Suddenlink customer satisfaction ratings

Each year, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) ranks internet and TV providers based on feedback from real customers. Here are the scores for Frontier and Suddenlink services over the last three years.


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Allconnect’s pick: Frontier FiberOptic

Final verdict

When it comes to internet service, Frontier FiberOptic is your best bet. While Suddenlink offers the cheapest starting prices, you will face a $70/mo. price increase after the first 12 months, making Frontier the more affordable option in the long-term. If you are considering bundling your internet and TV service, Suddenlink offers more affordable options but you will not get as fast speeds as you will with Frontier.

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Lisa Iscrupe

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Lisa Iscrupe

Writer, Broadband & Data Content

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