Best Internet Deals of April 2020: How to Get Cheap Internet Plans

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

It can take a real Sherlock Holmes 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.

Cheap internet due to COVID-19: Because many Americans are telecommuting and studying from home due to the new coronavirus pandemic, AT&T, Xfinity, Spectrum, and other major ISPs have all pledged to waive late fees, not terminate internet service for unpaid bills, open Wi-Fi hotspots to the public, and provide other amenities. 

The ISPs are responding to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that’s meant to provide financial relief to Americans who are working and studying from home due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (Consult our guide to internet service during the coronavirus outbreak for more information.)

See more details below on what each provider is doing to help during this crisis.

AT&T internet deals

AT&T is opening up its public Wi-Fi hotspots for people to use for free until mid-May. During that time it’s also waiving late payment fees and has pledged to keep your internet service going even if you’re unable to pay your bill.

AT&T is also providing unlimited data to all customers and will also offer internet plans at $10 a month to qualifying low-income families though the Access from AT&T program.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

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Comcast Xfinity internet deals

Xfinity is offering two free months of the Internet Essentials service to qualifying new customers. It has increased the service’s speed to 25 Mbps, and it’s also hooking up unlimited data on all Xfinity plans until mid-May.

Like AT&T, Xfinity has also committed to keeping customers’ internet service going even if they aren’t able to cover the monthly bill. It will also waive late fees and make public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone to use.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

Cox internet deals

Cox is waiving late fees, keeping internet service active for customers struggling to pay their bills, and opening Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use.

It’s also eliminating data caps until May 15 and reimbursing customers who have purchased 500 GB and unlimited data add-ons. It’s also lowering the price of the Starter plan to $19.99 and boosting its speed to 50 Mbps, among other money-saving offers.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

CenturyLink internet deals

CenturyLink is suspending data caps in addition to following the other tenets of the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge. That means, until mid-May, it won’t cut the service for residential and small-business customers if they can’t pay their bill. Any late fees will be waived and public hotspots are open for free use.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

Pro tip: Worried about exceeding your data cap after COVID-19 passes? Take a look at our data cap guide to see which ISPs have data caps under normal circumstances and which don’t.

Mediacom internet deals

Mediacom announced that it’s hitting pause on monthly data caps until May 15 and offering its Access Internet 60 plan for $19.99 a month for the next 12 months. It’s also boosting the speed of Connect2Compete, its service for low-income users, to 25 Mbps and giving two months free to qualifying new customers.

Mediacom has also signed onto the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, so it will keep your internet service going and will waive late fees so long as you contact the ISP to explain that financial hardship is leading to trouble making a payment. It will also keep Mediacom’s public Wi-Fi hotspots open for all to use.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

Sparklight internet deals

Sparklight is offering unlimited data to all customers until mid-April and is waiving late fees and extending payment deferrals for customers until mid-May. It’s announced it will reassess the measures after 30 days, depending on the impact of the new coronavirus. Sparklight has also opened up its hotspots for all to use in these times of need.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

Spectrum internet deals

Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications, is providing free internet and Wi-Fi until mid-May to families with schoolkids (K–12) and college students. Low-income households can also look into the Spectrum Internet Assist program.

Spectrum is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots to the public. And Spectrum doesn’t have data caps, so customers needn’t worry about overusing their data if they’re working or schooling from home.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

Altice USA internet deals

Optimum and Suddenlink, both owned by Altice USA, are offering 30 Mbps internet service for free until mid-May to households with K–12 kids and college students.

Both providers have also stepped up like other ISPs and committed until mid-May to waive late fees and keep service active for customers who can’t pay their bill due to financial difficulties related to COVID-19. During that time, Altice’s hotspots will also be open to the public.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

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Internet deals FAQ

Who has the cheapest and best internet service?

The cheapest and best internet service currently comes from Xfinity, Spectrum, Optimum, Suddenlink, and Mediacom, who are all offering free discounts on low-cost packages until mid-May for qualifying families and households with students. When this discount ends, their various plans will continue at a highly affordable cost designed for qualifying, low-income customers. (Just keep in mind that access to each plan depends on availability in your area.)

If you don’t qualify for a low-income internet program, then the cheapest and best deal is Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 plan, which delivers up to 60 Mbps download speeds over cable internet for just $19.99 per month. (The price goes up to $29.99 after one year.) That’s a perfectly fast speed and those are some of the cheapest prices around.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

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 get good ratings for customer service in our customer satisfaction survey and their internet networks 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. So, if you get approved now, payments won’t kick in until mid-May.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

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.

Data as of 3/23/2020.

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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