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Optimum internet plans and pricing

Explore Optimum’s internet plans and find out which plan is right for you. From exclusive deals for new customers to hidden fees you don’t want to miss, we have all the information you need to make a fully informed decision.

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Optimum internet plan details

Optimum internet prices and plans will vary by location. We’ve listed some popular Optimum plans below, but the best way to get accurate plan information for your address is to call and speak with our internet experts.

Optimum internet plans and pricing

If you’re shopping for internet service in the greater NYC area, it’s likely that Optimum internet will be an option. In New York, you’ll find Optimum internet service in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Poughkeepsie and Yonkers, among other NY cities.

Optimum is available to over 12 million people. Coverage also extends to western Connecticut, eastern New Jersey and parts of rural Pennsylvania.

Additional new customer benefits

Before signing up for Optimum internet, make sure you know all the special deals you can access. 

  • Free installation — Sign-up for Optimum online to be eligible for free standard installation. This special offer could save you up to $99. 
  • Contract buyout — Stuck in a contract with another provider? Optimum will reimburse you $100 toward early termination fees for switching. 
  • Autopay & paperless bill discount — Enroll in autopay and paperless billing to receive a $5/mo. discount. (The starting price listed above incorporates this discount).
  • Price for life —Select the 1 GB internet plan to automatically qualify for Price for Life, which means your monthly fee will never increase.

Call for details: (844) 451-2720 (844) 451-2720

Why choose Optimum internet?

Optimum high-speed internet is great if you like flexibility, fast speeds and steady pricing with your internet plans. Optimum Wi-Fi plans have a combination of customer-friendly features that most other internet providers don’t have.

What we like

  • No contracts. With Optimum, you’re never stuck in a long-term agreement or responsible for early termination fees.
  • Unlimited data. If your household loves to stream and game, Optimum internet plans have the freedom you need.
  • Price for life plans. Why pay more when you can pay the same price, year after year? With Optimum’s Price for Life, you won’t have increasing monthly internet costs.
  • Happy customers. Optimum ranked third in customer satisfaction for 2020’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Things to consider:

  • Optimum introductory pricing. The intro price is only available to new customers or former customers who have not had service in at least 30 days, and whose account was left in good standing. 
  • Fees, taxes and surcharges. These can change at any time, which means your monthly cost could go up if those charges increase. 
  • Modem lease. Leasing a modem adds $10/mo. charge to the price of your Optimum plan.

Choose the best Optimum internet plan for you

We recommend the Optimum 300 for most households, as it should be plenty fast enough to support multiple devices for streaming and gaming. If you’re considering an Optimum internet plan for your home, there are three high-speed internet options to choose from. Of course, prices and plans will depend on which Optimum promotions are available in your area.

Optimum internet equipment and fees

Modem and router 

Monthly Optimum prices quoted above do not include the modem. You have the option of either buying a router and modem or renting one from Optimum. If you rent your modem from Optimum, it comes with a free Wi-Fi router. 

  • Equipment rental ($10/mo.) — Optimum’s equipment rental fee includes a modem/router Altice Gateway device, plus Optimum Wi-Fi service. A Wi-Fi extender may also be included with the rental cost. One of the main bonuses to renting your modem and router through Optimum is that you have access to tech support 24/7. 
  • [Optional] Altice One ($20/mo.) — If you have Optimum TV as well, you can opt for the Altice One, a device that acts as your modem, router and Optimum TV box all-in-one.


To receive free standard installation and save $99, all you have to do is order online. However, if you need Premium Installation, you will still have to pay the $149 fee.

Standard installation – $99 (included with online orders)

  • Installs a coaxial cable 
  • Sets up one of your devices wirelessly 
  • Includes a maximum of two outlets setup 

Premium installation – $149

  • Hard-wires one of the following devices: Smart TV, gaming systems, computers or alarm system 
  • Sets up all of your devices wirelessly 
  • Includes set-up for three outlets (an additional $25 is charged per outlet set-up) 

Compare Optimum internet to other providers

Optimum may not be the only option for internet in your area. In the four states that Optimum provides coverage – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut – there are eight other primary providers available. 

Pro tip: Cheapest isn’t always the best value. As you can see from the table below, two providers, RCN and Windstream, have plans that start out cheaper than Optimum prices. However, the cheapest plans with those providers will only get you 10 Mbps and 15 Mbps respectively, versus the 300 Mbps you get for paying at most $25 more each month ($45/mo. in total) That could mean the difference between streaming and gaming on multiple devices in HD in your home or only being able to game and stream on one or two devices simultaneously. 

Take a look at how Optimum Wi-Fi plans compare to other cable, DSL and fiber optic internet providers that may be available at your address.

Optimum vs. other internet providers

Optimum 1 Gig plan vs. other providers 

Optimum’s 1 Gig is a great deal considering you can get 1 GB internet at a locked-in price of $65/mo*. To put that in perspective, take a look at what similar speed plans with competing providers cost:

  • Verizon up to 940 Mbps: $79.99/mo.*
  • Cox up to 1,000 Mbps: $99/mo.*
  • Spectrum up to 940 Mbps: $109.99/mo.*

Along with CenturyLink, Optimum has the cheapest starting price for gigabit plans, starting at $65/mo.*, where available.

Optimum internet FAQs

Can you get Optimum internet only?

Yes. Optimum offers multiple internet-only plans with speeds up to 940 Mbps in select areas.

Yes. Optimum internet provides unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi internet with no data caps. Plus, Optimum ranks very well in customer satisfaction.

Yes. If you choose to buy your own modem in order to save on costs, make sure that it is compatible with Optimum’s service and download speeds. You don’t want your modem to be the reason why your internet is slow. Also, be aware that you will not receive the same customer service you would receive if you rented your modem from Optimum.

Altice’s internet for low-income customers is called Altice Advantage Internet. Qualifying customers can get internet with speeds up to 30 Mbps, a free smart router, a free modem, discounted installation and more. Check eligibility.

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