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Spectrum internet plans and pricing

Spectrum makes it easy to set up internet service with three simple plans and free installation. They also boast unlimited data and no contracts. Dive in and compare pricing and speeds on Spectrum internet packages to find the best fit for you.

Internet up to 200 Mbps starting at:

$49.99/mo.*

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Spectrum internet prices and packages

Spectrum PackagesMax. download Speed Introductory Price
Spectrum Internet200 Mbps$49.99/mo.*
Spectrum Internet Ultra400 Mbps$69.99/mo.*
Spectrum Internet Gig940 Mbps$109.99/mo.*

While we’d like to see a low-cost, basic internet plan for casual users, Spectrum’s lowest-priced plan is still a pretty good deal. 

At $49.99/mo. for up to 200 Mbps, the Spectrum Internet plan is fairly priced considering the speeds you get. The same goes for Spectrum Internet Ultra, which offers up to twice the speed of Spectrum Internet for only $20/mo. more.

The Spectrum Internet Gig plan also gives you plenty of speed for your money, but with a $109.99/mo. price point, cheaper gigabit options may be out there, especially if fiber is available in your area. The one upside to this plan is that your router rental is included, which will save you $5/mo.

Spectrum speed tiers vary by location

For a large internet provider, Spectrum is consistent with their pricing and speeds from one region to the next. Plan prices are likely to be the same throughout all Spectrum service areas, but the speeds that come with those plans may vary.

Spectrum’s lowest-priced plan, Spectrum Internet, is unfortunately where you’ll find the most speed variations. Depending on where you live, this plan could come with 100 or 200 Mbps, even though the monthly price is the same.

The good news is most customers will find the 200 Mbps speeds to be available with Spectrum Internet. Similarly, Spectrum Internet Ultra may offer 300 or 400 Mbps for the same price, but most households will have access to the highest speed.

Spectrum’s gig plan is the only one to offer the same speed, up to 940 Mbps, wherever it is available.

Spectrum actual vs. advertised speeds

According to the latest FCC report, more than 90% of users reported their actual speeds to be within 95% or higher than their plan’s advertised speeds, even during peak usage times. It’s important to note, however, that the FCC report only covers Spectrum download speeds up to 100 Mbps. 

Spectrum Wi-Fi speeds will be slower than your plan’s advertised speeds. This isn’t a Spectrum thing, it’s just the nature of using a Wi-Fi connection. There are many factors that can hinder or boost your Wi-Fi connection, but it’s common for actual speeds to be 50% or lower than advertised speeds — something to keep in mind when shopping for any internet service.

Spectrum internet fees

Expect taxes and random fees, like the FCC Universal Service Fund fee, with your Spectrum bill, but exactly how much it adds to your monthly cost will vary. Other fees, such as installation and equipment fees, are more standard and predictable.

  • Standard self-installation – One-time charge of $9.99.
  • Professional installation (if necessary) – One-time charge of $49.99 ($199.99 for gigabit service)
  • Wi-Fi activation – One-time charge of $9.99
  • Router rental – Monthly charge of $5

Spectrum’s installation fees are in line with other providers, and their equipment rental fee is actually lower than most. The Wi-Fi activation fee is something you don’t typically see from other providers, but it’ll only add around $10 to your upfront costs, if the fee isn’t waived altogether.

Ultimately, Spectrum’s internet fees shouldn’t add considerably to your upfront or monthly costs.

Why choose Spectrum internet?

As the second-largest cable internet provider and available to more than a third of U.S. households, Spectrum is a common internet option for many. If you’re in an area serviceable for Spectrum, you’ll likely have up to three internet plan options to choose from, all of which come with unlimited data and no contract requirements — perks you may not find with most internet providers.

Spectrum internet is widely available and comes with some unique advantages, but it isn’t for everyone. Is Spectrum internet right for you? If so, which plan best suits your needs? You’ll find Spectrum service and plan details below along with our expert analysis to help you decide.

 What we like

  • Fast speeds – With speed tiers of 200 (100 in select areas), 400 and 940 Mbps, finding a fast enough plan isn’t a problem
  • Unlimited data, no contracts – No data caps or long-term agreements let you enjoy your service without fear of penalties
  • Low equipment fees – A modem is included and the router rental fee is only $5/mo., or you can also use your own compatible equipment for free
  • Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots – Spectrum has thousands of public Wi-Fi hotspots available to internet customers at no additional cost

Things to consider

  • Few plan options, no cheap plan – Spectrum gives you only three plan options with the cheapest starting around $50/mo., a bit higher than most providers’ lowest plans 
  • Risk of speed inconsistency – Cable internet is prone to slowed or inconsistent speeds, especially during peak usage times
  • Low customer satisfaction – Spectrum’s American Customer Satisfaction Index score improved from 59/100 in 2019 to 63/100 in 2020, but still falls relatively low on the list compared to other providers

COVID-19 update: Self-install or Contact-free delivery

Self-installation is available and encouraged. For professional installation, contact-free delivery is available for work done outside of the home. For customers moving more than seven days from the date the order is placed, professional installation is still available.

Call (844) 451-2720 (844) 451-2720 for availability

Finding the right Spectrum internet plan

With only three plan options available, shopping Spectrum internet service can feel somewhat limited. Each plan, however, is vastly different, so you may find it easier to choose between Spectrum plans than those of another provider. After all, numerous plan options with relatively insignificant speed jumps between them can complicate the shopping process.

Regardless of the Spectrum plan you choose, you can anticipate a fast connection. According to speedtest.net, average download speeds in the U.S. as of May 2020 were 138 Mbps, which is less than you’d get with Spectrum’s lowest plan (assuming your address is eligible for the 200 Mbps speed tier).

Spectrum Internet – best for light internet use, one to three devices

At up to 200 Mbps, the Spectrum Internet plan is more than equipped to handle online gaming, which can demand 3-30 Mbps, and stream in 4K (the FCC recommends only 25 Mbps). So why would we recommend this plan for basic use and a few users? Because those are the minimum recommended speeds using a wired connection, and if you’re like most, your internet activity will rely heavily on a Wi-Fi connection. 

Spectrum Internet will still offer a suitable connection for gaming and streaming over Wi-Fi, but if you’ll be doing it on multiple devices and during peak usage times, a faster plan will likely give you a better experience. If your address is only eligible for Spectrum’s 60 or 100 Mbps speeds, you may want to consider upgrading to Spectrum Internet Ultra.

Spectrum Internet Ultra – best for moderate internet use, four to six devices

Delivering twice or more the speed of Spectrum Internet for only an additional $20/mo., this plan is an excellent mix of speed and value. 

A connection of 300 or 400 Mbps will accommodate a family of moderate internet users or a couple of heavy users. Even over Wi-Fi and during peak usage times, Spectrum Internet Ultra should be able to support streaming what’s new on Netflix and watching TikTok videos on your phone while someone else is gaming online in the other room. 

Spectrum Internet Gig – best for heavy internet use, 7 or more devices

Speeds of 940 Mbps are overkill for the average user. Hardcore gamers in need of an uncompromising connection, households with multiple people streaming on separate smart TVs all at once and people who work exclusively from home, however, may find the connection worth the price. And as new technologies like 8K and next gen gaming systems emerge, gig speeds may be more practical for the average household. 

Undecided on which Spectrum plan is best for your home? We can help with that. Check out our guide to finding the right speed, or call to speak with any of our internet experts.

Compare Spectrum to other providers

Spectrum may be the cable provider in your area, but they likely aren’t your only internet option. Take some time to compare Spectrum to other providers to find the best one for your needs.

Spectrum Armstrong
Starting price at
$49.99/mo.* $34.95/mo.*
Internet Speeds
60 Mbps – 940 Mbps 12 Mbps – 500 Mbps
Data cap
None 200 GB – 2 TB
Contract
None No contract agreement
Provider
Spectrum
Starting price at
$49.99/mo.*
$34.95/mo.*
Internet Speeds
60 Mbps – 940 Mbps
12 Mbps – 500 Mbps
Data cap
None
200 GB – 2 TB
Contract
None
No contract agreement

How do actual Spectrum customers feel about their service?

If you’re one to read reviews before making a purchase, you may want to consider Spectrum’s customer satisfaction ratings compared to other providers. 

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) gave Spectrum a score of 63/100 in 2020, up four points from last year’s score. Though Spectrum is showing signs of improvement, the service still has a ways to go as their score fell below competitors including Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink.

J.D. Power also gave Spectrum average satisfaction ratings. Their rankings fared best in the South region, where they scored relatively high marks for Performance and Reliability, Customer Service and Overall Satisfaction, ranking behind only AT&T and Xfinity.


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Spectrum internet frequently asked questions

Is Time Warner Cable internet the same as Spectrum?

Yes. Time Warner Cable has operated under the Spectrum brand as of 2016 when Charter Communications purchased it.

How much does Spectrum internet cost after 12 months?

Introductory pricing for Spectrum internet plans expires after 12 months of service, after which your plan pricing will increase to the standard rate. Exact increases after 12 months will vary by location and plan choice. Speak with a Spectrum customer service agent about the increase you can anticipate after your 12-month introductory rate expires.

Does Spectrum internet have a contract?

No. Spectrum internet plans do not have contracts. Some Spectrum plans have new customer promotions or price-guarantee terms, but Spectrum internet does not require a contract.

Does Spectrum offer senior discounts?

Spectrum Internet Assist offers a 30 Mbps plan at a discounted monthly rate for qualifying households. As with all Spectrum internet plans, Spectrum Internet Assist comes with a free modem, no data caps and no contracts.

What Spectrum internet speeds are available?

Available Spectrum internet speeds vary by address, but in most areas, Spectrum offers internet plans with speeds up to 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 400 Mbps or 940 Mbps.

How can I reduce my Spectrum bill?

One way to lower your Spectrum internet bill may be to use your own router, which can save you $5 or more off your monthly bill. You can also try contacting Spectrum customer service to negotiate for a lower price, or consider these ways to lower your monthly internet bill.

What’s the best Spectrum internet deal?

The Spectrum Internet Gig plan gives you the most speed for the price. Starting at $109.99/mo.*, the Internet Gig plan offers 940 Mbps, which comes to around $0.12 per Mbps. At $69.99/mo.* for up to 400 Mbps, the Internet Ultra plan is also a good deal for the price, with an estimated $0.18 per Mbps.

Why is my Spectrum internet slow?

Cable internet can experience slowed speeds during peak usage times. Additionally, using a Wi-Fi connection and connecting multiple devices can result in slower speeds. Take our Spectrum internet speed test. If your speeds are slower than you expect, contact Spectrum tech support to troubleshoot the issue.


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