Comcast XFINITY vs AT&T U-Verse
Have you recently moved - or about to move - to an area that offers both AT&T U-Verse and Comcast XFINITY? Or perhaps you are considering dropping your current internet provider in favor of either one of these? Then you've come to the right place.
I've compared and contrasted between the two services to help you make an informed decision about which internet service provider is right for you.
Comcast XFINITY vs AT&T U-Verse
|Data Points||Comcast XFINITY||AT&T U-Verse|
|Fastest Speed Available||Up to 150 Mbps||Up to 1000 Mbps|
|ACSI Customer Service Rating (2016)||59/99||64/100|
AT&T U-Verse Overview
AT&T U-Verse internet offers quite a few packages that include FastAccess DSL and Fiber Internet. Unfortunately, the options can be very limited depending on the area. For instance, some options are limited to Lansing, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana, and the fiber optic internet is limited only to select cities and businesses. However, you might be lucky enough to live in an area that is covered by up to 940 Mbps download and upload speeds. Fortunately, U-Verse covers 21 states, with its fiber service being implemented in many areas.
Referring to U-Verse's customer service, the 2016 American Customer Satisfaction Index score is set at the 64 points, which is the industry average. So the customer service is not the best, but it's certainly not the worst either.
What is unfortunate is the data caps implemented by U-Verse. As of August 21, 2016, AT&T increased the data caps to the following:
- 150 GB a month for DSL customers
- 1 TB a month for speeds up to and including 768 Kbps through 300 Mbps
However, you can avoid data caps entirely if you take advantage of the Unlimited Internet Data Usage option. You are eligible for the option if have a combined bill for internet and TV services, purchase the "Internet 1000" speed tier or flat-out buy the unlimited data usage option for $30 more a month. Overall, AT&T U-Verse, which offers more HD channels compared to Comcast and solid internet tiers at reasonable fees.
Is AT&T U-Verse Right For You?
You should consider AT&T U-Verse if you:
- Are a typical internet user.
- Enjoy a vast array of selections.
- Want plenty of HD channels.
- Need hotspots on the go.
AT&T U-Verse Coverage Map
AT&T's U-Verse services 21 states.
Overview of Comcast XFINITY
Comcast's XFINITY service is considered to be largest in the nation, but despite its coverage, it has a reputation for the worst customer service in the industry. That being said, XFINITY does offer some reasonably speedy packages, with one of the tiers being the fastest available in the United States: 2000 Mbps. Unfortunately, it's a tier that most people wouldn't take advantage because of the $299.95 fee.
Similar to AT&T U-Verse, XFINITY internet plans have a data cap implement. Recently, XFINITY has allowed customers to use up to 1 TB of data every month, adding 50 GB increments at $10 each once the data cap has been reached. However, you will only be charged a maximum of $200 extra, no matter how much data is used by the end of the month. As the cherry on top, the service allows customers to take advantage of two "courtesy months," where they can exceed the data cap without being charged.
In concerns to customer service, many customers rate XFINITY as one of the poorest in the nation, with complaints leaning toward terrible products, price hikes, and abysmal service. Overall, Comcast's XFINITY service earned an ACSI score of 59, which is just 5 points lower than U-Verse's customer service index score. Admittedly, XFINITY and U-Verse are at neck-and-neck when it comes to prices and speeds.
Is Comcast XFINITY Right For You?
You should consider Comcast XFINITY if you:
- Are in love with DVR, as XFINITY offers the X1 TV Box, which allows you to pause and rewind live television
- Can't live without cable television and won't consider cord-cutting
- Desire insane internet speeds of up to 2000 Mbps
Comcast XFINITY Coverage Map
Prices Between Comcast XFINITY and AT&T U-Verse
XFINITY may not have the best customer service in the industry and it may have low speeds at expensive prices, but the value greatly increases as you move higher in tier offerings.
The less speedy-tiered options are rather expensive until the 200 Mbps tier, which is priced at $82.95. That being said, there are no options between the 200 Mbps and 2000 Mbps tiers, which is available at $299.95. While the 2000 Mbps option is double the speed you'd receive from AT&T's U-Verse 1000 Internet tier, it is also three times the price.
How does AT&T's U-Verse internet compare to Comcast XFINITY's internet products?
The consumer-based package prices are competitive with Comcast XFINITY, but unlike XFINITY, it doesn't offer a 2000 Mbps Internet tier option. That being said, the prices of the fiber options are exceptional, with the 100GB tier being $10 cheaper than the non-fiber, 75 GB option, and the 300 GB selection being the same price as the 75 GB tier. What's also amazing is that the "1000 Internet" speed tier is only $80 a month; in other words, highly affordable for a streamer or gamer.
AT&T U-Verse vs Comcast XFINITY
Pricing and value are important factors when deciding upon an internet service provider, but so is customer satisfaction.
If you refer to the statistics at the beginning of the comparison, you'll notice that AT&T U-Verse has lower maximum internet speeds, but 1000 Mbps at $80 is absolutely desirable. The average internet consumer wouldn't even take advantage of 1000 Mbps. Referring to content delivery network Akamai's Q1 2016 "State of the Internet" report, the U.S. boasts an average connection speed of 15.3 Mbps. What about average peak connection speeds? 67.8 Mbps.
That being said, consumers from both providers are getting more than what they are paying for, according to the advertised speed vs. actual speed numbers. What's also important to note is that the ACSI score is higher for AT&T U-Verse, though not much higher than the XFINITY ACSI score.
AT&T U-Verse or Comcast XFINITY - Which Is Better?
It's hard to decide whether AT&T U-Verse or Comcast XFINITY is better. Both offer speedy internet tiers at a decent price, similar internet data caps, and solid bundles. That being said, AT&T U-Verse edges out due to the HD offerings and better customer service. So unless you must have 2000 Mbps download speeds, I would highly recommend turning your attention to U-Verse.