Compare Xfinity vs. CenturyLink

See how Xfinity and CenturyLink internet and TV services stack up against each other.

Is Xfinity or CenturyLink better for you?

We’ve done the research on Xfinity and CenturyLink, so you can easily compare and choose the best internet and TV services for your home. Depending on how you use the internet and what TV entertainment you prefer, you may find that either Xfinity or CenturyLink better fits your unique needs.

  • Best internet price guarantee: CenturyLink’s internet Price for Life guarantee lets you keep the same monthly rate as long as you have the service.
  • Best for fastest internet speed: Xfinity and CenturyLink offer gig internet, but Xfinity offers it in more areas. Plus, Xfinity offers internet speeds up to 2,000 Mbps in select areas.
  • Best for internet and TV bundle savings: Xfinity offers monthly savings for bundling internet with other services. The more you bundle, the more you could save.
  • Best for rural areas: CenturyLink’s DSL service is available in more rural areas, especially throughout the central and western U.S., than Xfinity’s cable internet service.
  • Best for internet customer satisfaction: Xfinity scored higher in customer satisfaction in 2019 with a 61/100 compared to CenturyLink’s 59, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Xfinity vs. CenturyLink quick comparison

  • Available in 39 states
  • Bundles starting at $64.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from 25 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 10+ to 260+
  • DVR up to 6 shows at once
  • No contract, one-year contract and two-year contract plans available

  • Available in 35 states
  • Bundles featuring DIRECTV starting at $104.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from three Mbps to 1,000 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 155+ to 250+
  • DVR up to five shows at once
  • No contract internet or home phone, two-year contract plans with DIRECTV

*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 07/19/19.

Check out a full comparison of CenturyLink and Xfinity bundles, TV and internet plans to find the best services for your home.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink availability

Xfinity offers internet, TV and home phone services in select areas of 39 states and is available to about 36% of the U.S. population. CenturyLink offers internet, TV and home phone services in certain regions of 35 states and is available to about 16% of the U.S. population, according to the FCC.

CenturyLink and Xfinity are available in many of the same areas. Regions where the two providers overlap include central Colorado, parts of New Mexico, the Northwest Pacific coast, central Virginia, Indiana, Minneapolis, MN, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

States where service availability differs significantly include Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. For instance, in Missouri, Xfinity offers internet in parts of Kansas City while CenturyLink offers internet throughout rural Missouri. Click “Check availability” to see which internet providers and plans are available in your area.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink internet and TV bundles

Xfinity offers cable internet, TV and digital phone while CenturyLink offers  DSL and fiber-optic internet, and home phone services. If you’re looking for TV service with CenturyLink, CenturyLink partners with DIRECTV to offer satellite TV bundles.

Xfinity gives customers more ability to mix and match internet speed options with TV channel plans than CenturyLink does. However, CenturyLink internet gives customers the opportunity to get a fixed internet rate for life and to choose from one of five DIRECTV channel packages.

Xfinity Performance Starter + TV Extra

  • Starting at $70/mo.*
  • Internet speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Data cap varies by location
  • 125+ channels
  • One-year contract required for lowest pricing

Bundled savings: $20/mo.*

CenturyLink High-Speed Internet + DIRECTV SELECT

  • Starting at $104.99/mo.*
  • Speeds up to 40 Mbps
  • Internet data cap 1 TB
  • DIRECTV SELECT 155+ channels
  • No internet contract required, two-year contract required for TV

Bundled savings: $0/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 07/19/19.

Xfinity offers customers savings for bundling internet with TV while CenturyLink does not. Since most Xfinity standalone plans already start at lower prices than comparable CenturyLink plans, additional bundle savings are the cherry on top with Xfinity’s bundle offers.

What shoppers should consider in different regions

Xfinity pricing and package options vary across the country. For instance, different internet speeds are available for Xfinity bundles in different regions. When you combine varying speed availability with regional pricing differences, potential “bundle savings” can fluctuate across the U.S. In contrast, CenturyLink offers more consistent pricing and package options. Internet speed availability changes by area with plans sometimes starting at three Mbps, but CenturyLink internet price tiers stay pretty consistent. The exception is CenturyLink fiber internet service, which has slightly higher starting prices.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink internet

ProvidersStarting price*Starting speedsFastest speedsData capsWi-Fi hotspots

Xfinity
$20/mo.*25 Mbps2,000 MbpsVaries, unlimited option availableMore than 18 million nationwide with Xfinity mobile
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CenturyLink
$45/mo.*3 to 20 Mbps1,000 Mbps1 TBNone

*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 07/19/19.

Xfinity offers similar starting internet speeds to CenturyLink internet in certain localities, but often costs less. Xfinity also offers plans that reach faster top speeds. While Xfinity offers lower starting internet prices, CenturyLink offers better value pricing for gig internet. Another major difference between the two internet providers is CenturyLink’s lack of Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink cheap internet plans

The cheapest internet plan in your area will likely be an Xfinity internet plan, but the best value plan can vary by location and what internet speed you want.

Overall, Xfinity offers a higher variety of internet speeds and tends to have lower pricing for comparable speeds. However, if you’re interested in gig speeds, CenturyLink offers a better deal with fiber internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Additionally, CenturyLink’s Price for Life guarantee ensures you get the same monthly price for the life of the plan, no matter which plan you choose.

Xfinity cheapest internet plan

  • $20/mo.* for up to 25 Mbps
  • $0.80/Mbps
  • $11/mo.* Wireless Gateway rental
  • $60 setup and installation, or free self-install kit where available
  • One-year term agreement

CenturyLink cheapest internet plan

  • $45/mo.* for 40 Mbps
  • $1.13/Mbps
  • Internet modem lease $10/mo.*
  • $60 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 07/19/19.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink fastest internet plans

Xfinity currently offers the fastest internet speeds available in residential markets — the Gigabit Pro Internet plan has speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. However, Xfinity’s price for speeds up to 2,000 Mbps costs nearly $300/mo.* Xfinity also offers internet plans with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps for prices as low as $110/mo.* where available.

Is CenturyLink internet fast?

While Xfinity offers the fastest residential internet available, CenturyLink has internet plans with speeds up to 940 Mbps. Using a fiber internet connection, CenturyLink offers gig speed internet in select U.S. cities, including Denver, Portland, Seattle, and other major metro areas.

Xfinity Gigabit Pro

  • Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • $299.95/mo.*
  • Fiber internet connection
  • No speed throttling

CenturyLink Fiber Internet

  • Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • $85/mo.*
  • Fiber internet connection
  • No speed throttling

*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 07/19/19.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink TV

Xfinity TV plans start at a lower monthly price than DIRECTV. As channel counts rise, though, DIRECTV plans become a better value. Plus, DIRECTV offers more package selection and add-on options for sports and international channels than Xfinity.

Xfinity vs. CenturyLink/DIRECTV TV packages and pricing

Xfinity TV

  • Three to five package options depending on location
  • Packages starting at $20/mo.*
  • 10-260+ channels available
  • Record up to six shows at once
  • HD DVR device included, starting at $5.99/mo.* for each additional
  • No contract required for standalone TV

DIRECTV

  • Five channel package options available
  • Packages starting at $59.99/mo.*
  • 155-250+ channels
  • Free professional installation available
  • DVR device included, $7/mo.* for each additional receiver
  • Record up to five 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 07/19/19.

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Xfinity vs. CenturyLink customer satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) scores internet providers based on feedback from customers and gives them an annual customer satisfaction score. Here’s how Xfinity and CenturyLink scored over the past three years.

Provider2019 score2018 score2017 scoreAvg. past three years
61606060.3
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Xfinity vs CenturyLink frequently asked questions

No. CenturyLink internet uses either a DSL or fiber-optic network, whereas Xfinity uses a cable network. The equipment required for each network type will vary.

Ideally, your CenturyLink internet speeds should be 80% or higher of your plan’s advertised speeds. If you are consistently getting slower speeds, check out these ways to boost your Wi-Fi speeds.

It depends on the type of CenturyLink service you get. For DSL service, you will need a phone line. For CenturyLink fiber-optic internet, a phone line is not required.

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