Best Internet Deals for October 2020

We’ve put together the best internet deals from Spectrum, AT&T, Xfinity, and more.

It can take a real Veronica Mars to sniff out the best internet deals from many internet service providers (ISPs). You need patience and finesse to withstand the long contracts, fine-print details, and customer service chats.

So, we’ve gone ahead and done the sleuthing for you to get the latest on cheap Wi-Fi, TV and internet deals, and other goodies. Read on for ways to save cash and get fast speeds.

Best internet deals for October 2020

Here’s the hottest deals offered by major internet providers this month—get ‘em while they’re hot. Scroll down for even more bargains.

ProviderBest dealView plans
AT&TComputer monitor and $100 Reward Card with BACK2SCHOOL coupon code on fiber plansLearn More
Xfinity$150 Visa® Prepaid Card when you order a qualifying residential internet plan online (expires 9/14)Learn More
CoxFree installation on eligible TV and internet bundlesLearn More
CenturyLinkFree modem and installation on fiber planLearn More
MediacomUp to 100 GB of extra data for free on all internet plansLearn More
SpectrumContract buyouts for switching to some bundles Learn More
RCNFree installation with coupon codeLearn More
OptimumPrice for Life on fiber internet for $65/mo. Learn More
SuddenlinkPrice for Life on fiber internet for $65/mo. Learn More
Best dealComputer monitor and $100 Reward Card with BACK2SCHOOL coupon code on fiber plans
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Best deal$150 Visa® Prepaid Card when you order a qualifying residential internet plan online (expires 9/14)
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Best dealFree installation on eligible TV and internet bundles
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Best dealFree modem and installation on fiber plan
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Best dealUp to 100 GB of extra data for free on all internet plans
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Best dealContract buyouts for switching to some bundles
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Best dealFree installation with coupon code
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Best dealPrice for Life on fiber internet for $65/mo.
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Best dealPrice for Life on fiber internet for $65/mo.
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Best 5 internet deals in October 2020

  1. AT&T customers who sign up for a fiber internet home plan will get a Samsung computer monitor (while supplies last) and $100 Reward Card. Just type in the coupon code BACK2SCHOOL when ordering online.
  2. Xfinity customers can get $10 per month off their bill for two years if they sign up for Xfinity Mobile. They can also get a $50 prepaid card when they transfer their phone and phone number to the mobile service.
  3. Spectrum will offer free internet for 60 days to new customers with educators or students (K–12 and college) in the household.
  4. Mediacom gives you 100 GB of additional data if you exceed your data cap on any of its home internet plans.
  5. Optimum and Suddenlink both give you a Price for Life guarantee on fiber internet, which costs $65 per month.

AT&T internet deals

Reward cards and more

AT&T is running a lot of bonuses and deals. Here’s a quick breakdown of all the goodies:

  • Here’s one to help parents set up classrooms at home: you can get a free Samsung monitor if you switch to AT&T’s fiber internet plan. Just type in BACK2SCHOOL as the coupon code during checkout. This deal also gives you a $100 reward card.
  • Internet 1000, AT&T’s fiber plan, comes with free installation.
  • When you bundle AT&T Internet with AT&T TV, you can get unlimited data and a discount to save $20 for 12 months.
  • You can get a $100 rewards card by signing up online for an AT&T internet plan and qualifying TV bundle. You can get a second $100 rewards card if your internet plan hits 100 Mbps speeds or faster. (This doesn’t include AT&T TV NOW, and residents in multiple-dwelling units aren’t eligible for this, alas.)


HBO Max, AT&T’s flagship streaming platform, features the entire catalog of HBO®  along with original content and tons of titles from Warner Entertainment. You can sign up for a free subscription if you have the AT&T Fiber gigabit internet plan or the DIRECTV PREMIER or LO MAXIMO packages. A year subscription is also included with AT&T TV CHOICE™ plans and higher.

If you’re on a different plan, you may still be eligible for a free trial. Head to AT&T’s HBO Max page to see what’s available.

Pro tip:

If you’re not sure about the differences between HBO and HBO Max or how to watch HBO Max on your devices, don’t worry—we were a bit unclear about it too. But then we figured it out. See our guide to HBO for a clear breakdown.

Coronavirus relief

If you’re struggling to cover monthly Wi-Fi costs, you can apply for low-cost internet through the Access from AT&T program. The service costs $10 per month and is available to households that qualify for government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

AT&T TV and DIRECTV customers who are subscribed to MLS Direct Kick will get credited for any payments they’ve made and won’t be charged for future subscriptions, since the soccer season has been postponed due to COVID-19.

The 2020 MLB Extra Innings package is also available at a lower price than usual since Major League Baseball announced a shortened 2020 season. Customers already signed up for MLB Extra Innings will have the new price automatically applied to their account.

See more information on AT&T’s COVID-19 page.

Put in your ZIP code to see if AT&T Wi-Fi deals are available near you:

Comcast Xfinity internet deals

Mobile bargains

Xfinity is best known as a cable internet provider—but the company offers mobile service too. Xfinity Mobile operates on Verizon’s network, giving you 5G access and possibilities for some sweet bargains.

If you activate a mobile line on Xfinity Mobile, you can get $10 off your Xfinity internet service every month for 24 months. If you transfer your phone to Xfinity’s mobile network, you also may be eligible for a $50 prepaid gift card.

Regional rewards

If you’re an Xfinity customer in the Central region, you may be eligible for a $50 Visa prepaid card as a rebate for signing up on certain internet-only packages. Contact customer service or the Xfinity Reward Center to see if you can get that sweet deal.

Coronavirus relief

Until the end of 2020, Xfinity is offering two free months of the Internet Essentials service to qualifying new customers. It’s also providing free access on its public Wi-Fi hotspots until the end of the year. And it’s waiving installation fees due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Xfinity Flex and Peacock

Signing up for an Xfinity internet plan gets you a free Xfinity Flex, Comcast’s on-demand streaming device. The Flex provides access to movies, TV shows, premium cable channels, and apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Getting the Flex or signing up for Xfinity’s X1 TV service also gets you a free premium subscription to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, featuring beloved shows like The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation.

Cox internet deals

Free installation on bundles

Cox offers several TV and internet bundling options, which all come with free installation as part of your package.

Mediacom internet deals

Coronavirus relief

Beginning on August 22, 2020 and until the end of the year, Mediacom will provide customers with up to 100 GB of data if they exceed their data cap, waiving any overage charges that come with it.

If you have troubles paying your bills due to COVID-19, reach out to the ISP to work out an agreement. Mediacom’s public Wi-Fi hotspots are also open for the public to use, whether or not you’re on a Mediacom internet plan.

Promo prices

Mediacom has some of the cheapest internet you can find because it drastically reduces the price of its plans for 12-month promotional periods. It’s offering its Access Internet 60 plan for $19.99 a month for the first 12 months of your service. You don’t need to sign up for a year- or two-year contract, so you can cancel anytime without incurring early termination fees (ETFs).

The only catch is the data cap on that plan is super low—just 60 GB. You could easily burn through 60 GB in a few days of binge-watching Netflix in HD video. If you use the internet a lot more than that, consider upgrading to a plan that gives you more data.

Spectrum internet deals

Free Wi-Fi for teachers and students

If you’re a new customer in Spectrum’s service area and your household includes a teacher or student (K–12 and college), you can get free internet for 60 days when signing up for a Spectrum plan. The promotion includes speeds up to 200 Mbps and a free self-installation kit. Call (844) 310-1198 to sign up.

Contract buyouts and more

Sign up for a qualifying triple play or double play bundle and Spectrum will buy out your contract with your previous provider to the tune of up to $500.

If you’re looking for just internet, Spectrum’s Internet Ultra and Internet GIG plans include a router and modem free as part of your monthly bill—you won’t pay extra for rental fees.

Unlimited data and free antivirus protection

All of Spectrum’s internet plans come with unlimited data, so you won’t have to worry about paying overage charges if you use too much internet. Spectrum’s Internet Gig plan also comes with free antivirus protection through McAfee’s Security Suite, including a virus scanner, security firewall, and parental controls.

RCN internet deals

Coupons on coupons

RCN’s famed coupon page is devoted to deals and bargains—mostly coupon codes to get free installation on internet service. Installation normally costs you $50–100 with RCN so that’s a nice savings.

The Bundles & Deals drop-down menu on RCN’s website also features some sweet deals that are specific to different regions. As of late September, it was running an offer for a free month of service, free installation, and $100 gift card for select plans in Washington, DC. There was also an offer for three free months on select plans with free, no-contact installation in New York. If you’re in Chicago, you can get a $100 gift card if you sign up online for the 500 Mbps or 940 Mbps internet plan.

RCN doesn’t do data caps and has no-contract, month to month internet plans, so you’ll save big that way as well.

Internet deals FAQ

Who has the cheapest and best internet service?

If you don’t qualify for a low-income internet program, then the cheapest and best deal is Xfinity’s Performance Starter plan. It costs under $50 per month (plus the cost of installation, equipment, taxes, and other fees) and gives you a respectable 25 Mbps download speeds. That ain’t the fastest, but it’ll work great if you live in a small household and want to do streaming, gaming, and other online stuff on a couple devices.


Pro tip:

If you’re struggling to make ends meet in difficult times, read our affordable internet guide to find other ways to access low-cost Wi-Fi.

What is the best deal for home internet?

The best deal for home internet is AT&T’s Internet 1000 plan, which delivers download speeds of up to 940 Mbps on a fiber network for $49.99 a month. That’s a sweet price for great internet.

If fiber internet isn’t available in your area, don’t fret. You can still find fast internet deals near you. Spectrum and Xfinity both offer excellent plans featuring speeds between 100 to 200 Mbps for around $50 a month. Both providers have internet networks that run over coaxial cables, which are typically quite reliable and consistent.

Who has the cheapest internet service?

Xfinity and Mediacom have the cheapest internet service, both offering plans that deliver between 25–60 Mbps for around $20 a month.

If you’re living on a low income or have students in the house, you can apply for a low-budget internet program from Xfinity, Spectrum, Optimum, Suddenlink, or Mediacom. These ISPs all have cheap plan options for qualifying customers and are all committed to offering price breaks due to new coronavirus concerns.

How much should I pay for internet?

You should pay on average about $60 a month for solid and dependable internet. Keep in mind that doesn’t include equipment or installation fees you might have to pay to get started.

Of course, internet costs vary wildly depending on what you want out of your Wi-Fi. You can get internet for as low as $10 a month if you aim for a cheaper plan with less speeds or have been approved for a low-income program. But if you need gigabit speeds, a bundle package with internet and TV, or other advanced services, you’ll likely pay even more than $60 per month.

Author -

Peter Holslin has spent more than a decade writing for Rolling Stone, VICE, BuzzFeed, and countless other publications. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and journalism from New York City’s The New School University in 2008. Since then, he has roved from city to city and lived overseas, mastering his craft as an editor, staff writer, and freelancer while also acquiring ninja-like skills to address feeble Wi-Fi speeds and other internet challenges.

Editor - Cara Haynes

Cara Haynes has edited for for three years, working with smart writers to revise everything from internet reviews to reports on your state’s favorite Netflix show. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span (buffering kills). With a degree in English and editing and five years working with online content, it’s safe to say she likes words on the internet. She is most likely to be seen wearing Birkenstocks and hanging out with a bouncy goldendoodle named Dobby, who is a literal fur angel sent to Earth.

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