If you’ve ever been hit by a buffering screen while watching your favorite TV show, you’ve probably been thinking about switching Internet services, whether it’s upgrading your current package or finding a new provider all at once.
New offerings and internet companies seem to pop up on a regular basis for an opportunity to snag new business. These providers make sure to highlight all sorts of benefits of their packages, including who has the highest MBPS (megabits per second), lowest prices, or most freebies that come with signing up for a deal.
Find out how local suppliers compare to each other:
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You may already know that AT&T offers cellular coverage, but it also provides Internet access in most areas of the country and is in the process of expanding its fiber-optic offerings, which it currently has in some states and areas, including Jacksonville. Other features that AT&T boasts related to its Internet service include security options and a Smart Home Manager app from which users can see all the devices connected to the Internet and monitor and control them. For example, users can set time limits for Internet access allowed on tablets.
Customers can expect a base price of $55/month for Internet 18, with speeds up to 18MBPS, but additional charges may apply, including equipment and Internet speed. Prices and offerings, like fiber optics, also vary by location.
IQ Fiber specializes in optical fibers, which pass information in the form of light pulses through glass or plastic fibers in underground cables to provide access to the Internet. This local Internet company began serving different areas of Jacksonville in 2022. It now offers access to Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, San Marco, Mandarin, Fleming Island, Orange Park and other parts of northeast Florida with areas , including Gainesville , online soon. IQ Fiber is continually expanding, with a recent investment of $18 million in these efforts last month.
Customers can expect to pay the following monthly with IQ Fiber:
- $85 for the fastest speed, 1,000MBPS
- $75 for medium speed, 500MBPS
- $65 for the slowest speed, 250 MBPS
To find out if IQ Fiber offers coverage in your area, go to the Check Availability link on its website.
T-Mobile offers 5G home internet with many benefits and discounts to appeal to consumers. It also has a 15-day test drive option to help customers test the service before deciding if they want to switch and cancel another contract. It also has a program to help pay cancellation fees from contracts with other Internet service providers.
While T-Mobile has a fiber internet option, it is not yet available in Florida. T-Mobile Fiber is only available in New York and Colorado for now.
Customers can expect to pay up to $30 a month with certain plans, according to the website, but prices average around $50 a month for 245 MBPS with no equipment fees or annual contracts.
Verizon Fios is a 100% fiber optic internet provider, but Verizon also offers 5G home internet and LTE home internet options for when Fios is not available. Similar to T-Mobile, it also offers discounts for those who have phone plans with Verizon. It also offers no-contract options and assistance with cancellation fees.
Verizon Fios is offered in nine states right now, but Florida isn’t one of them.
Prices for 5G, without a qualifying Verizon phone plan, are as follows:
- $70 with autopay, $80 without autopay
- $50 with autopay, $60 without autopay
Upload and download speeds vary based on the package purchased by the customer.
Xfinity doesn’t offer fiber-optic internet access, but it does have 10G home internet that can be bundled with a variety of other services, including cable and phone. Its website boasts 99.9% network reliability, protection from cyber threats [and] wall-to-wall coverage with an xFi Pod, if recommended. It also has the widest range of MBPS options, starting at 45 MBPS and going all the way up to 2,000 MBPS.
Xfinity has many different program options, but the estimated prices are as follows for the contracts, most of which are for 24 months with no autopay and paperless billing discounts:
- $110 for the fastest speed, 2,000 MBPS
- $90 for 1,200 MBPS
- $85 for 1,000 MBPS
- $75 for 800MBPS
- $65 for 400MBPS
- $45 for 200MBPS
- $40 for the slowest speed, 75 MBPS
Other providers in the area include EarthLink, Florida High Speed Internet and HughesNet.
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