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The 5 Best No-Contract Internet Plans

Get reliable internet with no strings attached.

  • Best overall
    Google Fiber logo sized
    Google Fiber 1 Gig
    • $70.00/mo.*
    • Fiber
    • Speeds up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps)
  • Best budget plan
    Optimum Logo
    Optimum Fiber Internet 300
    • $39.99/mo.
    • Fiber
    • Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Best fiber availability
    A T and T Logo
    AT&T Internet 1000
    • $80.00/mo.
    • Fiber
    • Speeds up to 940 Mbps#
  • Best unlimited data
    Spectrum Logo
    Spectrum Internet® Ultra
    • $69.99/mo.§
    • Cable
    • Speeds up to 500 Mbps
  • Best availability
    Xfinity by Comcast Logo
    Xfinity Prepaid Internet
    • $45.00/mo.
    • Cable
    • Speeds up to 50 Mbps

Best no-contract internet plans

Best forPlanPriceTypeDownload SpeedOrder online
Best overallGoogle Fiber 1 Gig$70.00/mo.*Fiber1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps)View Plans for Google Fiber
Best budget planOptimum Fiber Internet 300$39.99/mo.Fiber300 Mbps
Best fiber availabilityAT&T Internet 1000$80.00/mo.Fiber940 Mbps††
Best unlimited dataSpectrum Internet® Ultra$69.99/mo. for 12 mos.§CableUp to 500 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)
Best availabilityXfinity Prepaid Internet$45.00/mo.Cable50 Mbps
Best starter planCox StraightUp Internet$50.00/mo.#Cable25 Mbps
Best DSL planCenturyLink Simply Unlimited Internet 100 Mbps$50.00/mo.**DSL100 Mbps

Additional no-contract plans

PlanPriceTypeDownload SpeedOrder online
Google Fiber 2 Gig$100.00/mo.*Fiber2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps)View Plans for Google Fiber
AT&T Fiber Internet 500$65.00/mo.Fiber500 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Internet$65.00/mo.Fiber940 Mbps
Astound Broadband 300 Mbps Internet$14.99–25.99/mo. (depending on service area)§Cable300 Mbps

Our verdict: Get Google Fiber if it’s available

Google Fiber hits all the most important points for a good no-contract internet plan. It’s got a simple, contract-free monthly bill, a reliable fiber network, and incredibly fast speeds. The only downside is that it’s available in only a handful of cities in the US.

If Google Fiber isn’t an option for you, look at other fiber providers, like AT&T or Optimum. While Optimum’s Fiber Internet 300 plan is the most affordable option, other providers like AT&T also offer faster fiber plans more comparable to Google Fiber speeds.

Whichever plan you choose, just make sure to consider the upfront costs in your calculations so you don’t end up making a big investment for a plan you’re not intending to keep.

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  1. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica. “Google Fiber’s Biggest Failure,” February 2019. Accessed August 20, 2020.
  2. 9 to 5 Google. “Google Fiber Announces First New Market in 4 Years with Public-Private Partnership,” July 6, 2020. Accessed August 20, 2020.
  3. Amalia O’Sullivan, Google Fiber Blog, “The Next Step in Speed—Experience 2 Gig Now with the Google Fiber Trusted Tester Program,” September 14, 2020. Accessed February 17, 2021.