CenturyLink may not always be the fastest Internet option where they serve, but generally, they’re by far the most affordable — especially for bundled Internet and TV plans.

The TV part of the equation usually comes through DirecTV, but they also have their own “IPTV” digital TV service branded as Prism TV.[1]

Most of their plans feature data caps around 1 Terabyte, which isn’t as good as unlimited but should still be plenty for a small household of Internet users and streamers.

Top CenturyLink Deals

10 Mbps Internet-Only Plan

CenturyLink 10 Mbps Internet-Only Plan
This CenturyLink deal is our top pick for Internet-only customers, and is currently being offered contract-free for $45/mo. While the 10 Mbps download speed is modest, it's sufficient to handle Netflix streaming for "cord cutters." A household of 2–5 people shouldn't run into issues using this plan. Our tests found 10 Mbps DSL to be capable of common use cases like FaceTime chatting, Skype, multiplayer gaming, and Streaming on a Roku.
Includes:
  • 10 Mbps download speed
  • $60 standard technician installation or free self-install
  • No contract
Last updated 5 days ago.

1 Gig Internet – Best Fiber Plan

CenturyLink 1 Gig Internet – Best Fiber Plan
CenturyLink has been investing in expanding and improving their fiber network in recent years. This is good news for customers, since those of us lucky enough to live in CenturyLink fiber areas like Portland can get access to Internet speeds in the gigabit range.

The CenturyLink 1 Gig plan is the best speed range they offer, with up to ten times the download rate of the second-fastest plan. If you stream TV in 4K on a big screen, are a serious gamer, or a "techie" who works from home, gigabit speed is the gold standard.

Centurylink is one of the few fiber providers offering month-to-month service. If you plan to use the service for multiple years, we recommend buying a gateway during the sign-up process to save an additional $10/month. This plan has a $60 installation fee.
Includes:
  • 1,000 Mbps download and upload speed
  • Stream multiple 4K programs at same time
  • Unlimited data use
Last updated 5 days ago.

All Current CenturyLink Deals

Below we’ve included a list of all of the current CenturyLink plans and promotions we’ve encountered.

DealsPrice MonthlyInternet SpeedPhone
10 Mbps Internet-Only Plan $4500 10 Mbps DSL(888) 571-9936
25 Mbps $4500 25 Mbps DSL(888) 571-9936
1 Gig Internet – Best Fiber Plan $8000 1,000 Mbps Fiber(888) 571-9936
40 Mbps $4500 40 Mbps Fiber(888) 571-9936
100 Mbps $6000 100 Mbps Fiber(888) 571-9936

When is a CenturyLink Internet deal the Best Option?

CenturyLink is usually positioned as the “budget-friendly” option. While competing cable and fiber bundles usually run well over $150 per month (or even higher!), CenturyLink bundle deals fall in a much more affordable range (ballpark $85).

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Wide variety of TV package options
  • No-strings promotional pricing

Cons

  • Slower speeds on average
  • Pricier phone-only service
  • Mixed customer service experience

CenturyLink also gets plus points in our book for waiting until contracts are up to introduce “final pricing” on their promotional packages.

While the competition sets up plans so that customers are trapped paying higher rates for the second half of their contracts, CenturyLink locks-in pricing for clearly defined times so customers can easily switch if they are for some reason unhappy with the service.

CenturyLink has also been offering “price for life” plans in some markets, which can be a good option for long-term residents looking to lock in a fixed Internet and phone price.[2]

Are CenturyLink Bundles Worth Buying?

Internet-only customers

CenturyLink has a hard time competing with faster cable and fiber options for Internet-only service. If you want an Internet-only plan, CenturyLink is mainly worth considering because they’re affordable and have generous 1 TB data plans — so even if you hit buffering once in awhile, you won’t get slapped with a massive overage fee for binging on Netflix.

Internet + TV customers

This is where CenturyLink shines. Thanks to their DirecTV partnership and extensive Prism TV offerings, CenturyLink’s bundle Internet/TV plans are among the most affordable deals on the market.

Home Phone customers

CenturyLink started out as a phone company, and their unlimited phone service is still one of their better features. It’s more expensive than some of the larger DSL providers when purchased alone, but the price drops within reason on bundle Internet/phone or triple-play plans.

Sports fans

NFL Network and NBA TV are both available on CenturyLink’s Prism TV.

CenturyLink’s biggest drawback: DSL Internet Speeds

Telephone lines on pole.
DSL delivered over telephone lines, such as CenturyLink, is highly reliable compared to cable but usually not as fast.

DSL Internet speeds tend to be slower and less reliable than cable and fiber alternatives. If the Internet speed is your main consideration while comparing plans, you should absolutely compare with local cable, fiber, and even fixed wireless options if they are available.

CenturyLink’s speeds are workable for the average Internet user, but power users, techies, and other intensive daily users are likely to get frustrated with the lower-than-average upload speeds. Weather also tends to affect DSL more than other technologies, since phone lines are prone to interference from weather, environment, and trees.

How to Compare CenturyLink Deals

Again, the redeeming factor for CenturyLink is their high ceiling on data use, making them a good choice for 1–2 person “cord cutter” homes that just need basic access for streaming and surfing the web.

There are a couple snags to watch out for, though:

Tip #1: Call and Negotiate Price

CenturyLink does a good job of offering fixed-pricing periods on their promotional plans.

However, that doesn’t mean the final price is amazing. In some cases it can almost double after that first 1–2 years of service. Rather than switching or resigning to higher pricing, try calling and negotiating for a new promotional rate. If you pay your bills on time and demonstrate your value as a customer, they will sometimes work with you to find a better rate rather than have you leave for an alternative provider.


Tip #2: Watch The Equipment Fees

Leasing fees on equipment like your modem and router can add up over the years if you rent them directly from CenturyLink with your plan. Information on compatible third-party models and installation instructions are available at their site.

Buying your own shouldn’t cost more than $100 and will save you a lot of money over a multi-year service term.

Where CenturyLink Shines: TV Channel Availability

CenturyLink’s TV options are some of the best in the country, and thanks to their satellite partnership with DirecTV it’s available virtually everywhere.[3]

Prism TV also gets strong marks for offering over 240 HD channels, wireless set-top box, on-demand content, and everything else you’d expect from modern digital TV service (including a whole-home DVR with 1 Terabyte of storage and the ability to handle 4 channels at once).

CenturyLink Whole-Home DVR Specs

CenturyLink only offers one option for DVR service, but it’s a decent basic DVR including the ability to record up to four shows at once with a single, whole-home device. Storage capacity is not listed on the website, but the company’s support staff tells us that the Prism DVR features a one TB hard drive.

CenturyLink offers a number of smart functions with their TV service itself, including wireless set-top boxes and an on-demand app for Android and iOS that allows you to stream recorded media and select live channels, as well as manage your DVR recordings on your smartphone.

Here’s how CenturyLink’s DVR compares to their most common competitors in the TV market, Xfinity X1:

DVRStorageTunersLease (May Vary)
CenturyLink Standard Whole-home DVR100 hrs HD4Varies regionally
XFINITY (Comcast) X1 DVR200 hrs HD6~$9.95–19.95/mo.

Conclusion: CenturyLink Hits the Sweet Spot for TV and Internet Value

Whether you have access to DirecTV, Prism TV, or both, CenturyLink makes up for average Internet speeds with very impressive TV offerings.

They frequently compete with Cox Cable and Charter Spectrum for customers, so be sure to check our Cox Internet deals and Charter Spectrum deals if those providers are available to you.

Disclaimers:

PREPAID Price For Life High Speed Internet Service: Service and offer are not available everywhere. Limited time offer. Only available through on-line sign-up at centurylink.com/simplepay. Rate is available to new, qualifying residential customers who reside in qualifying locations. CenturyLink provided modem may be required for High Speed Internet; lease ($10/mo. fee) or a one-time purchase (up to $150) option available (S&H applies for overnight delivery, if requested). Self installation, if available at customer’s location, may be selected at no charge. A professional technician installation fee of up to $99 may apply, if selected by customer or is required due to network technology at customer location. Month-to-month service may be cancelled at any time. Offer requires monthly pre-payment with a credit or debit card payment only. Service will begin on the date your Service order is completed and each prepaid billing cycle is 30 days. Service automatically renews monthly until cancelled by customer. Prepaid payments for unused service will not be refunded or credited to account. To cancel, Customer must log-in to account portal and click cancel to place the request. Plan cannot be combined with other promotions. Customer must remain in good standing and offer terminates if customer changes their account in any manner, including change of address (even if plan is available), change to service, and service suspension (Vacation Program) or disconnection. Other than promotional rates, plans with monthly rates that don’t change, and monthly rates offered with a term commitment, your monthly rates for services, leased equipment, fees, or surcharges are not guaranteed and may increase during the time of your service. (click Offer Details) PREPAID Price For Life High Speed Internet Service: Service and offer are not available everywhere. Limited time offer. Only available through on-line sign-up at centurylink.com/simplepay. Rate is available to new, qualifying residential customers who reside in qualifying locations. CenturyLink provided modem may be required for High Speed Internet; lease ($10/mo. fee) or a one-time purchase (up to $150) option available (S&H applies for overnight delivery, if requested). Self installation, if available at customer’s location, may be selected at no charge. A professional technician installation fee of up to $99 may apply, if selected by customer or is required due to network technology at customer location. Month-to-month service may be cancelled at any time. Offer requires monthly pre-payment with a credit or debit card payment only. Service will begin on the date your Service order is completed and each prepaid billing cycle is 30 days. Service automatically renews monthly until cancelled by customer. Prepaid payments for unused service will not be refunded or credited to account. To cancel, Customer must log-in to account portal and click cancel to place the request. Plan cannot be combined with other promotions. Customer must remain in good standing and offer terminates if customer changes their account in any manner, including change of address (even if plan is available), change to service, and service suspension (Vacation Program) or disconnection. Other than promotional rates, plans with monthly rates that don’t change, and monthly rates offered with a term commitment, your monthly rates for services, leased equipment, fees, or surcharges are not guaranteed and may increase during the time of your service. (Offer Details)

Experts

Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims is a technology blogger and broadband industry veteran. Her background as an administrator and customer support employee for a major ISP informs her passion for helping consumers understand their service options.

James Webb

James Webb

James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.

Questions & Answers

3 ANSWERED QUESTIONS

What channels can I get with CenturyLink TV?

CenturyLink Channels may differ depending on your location and type of plan. Overall, they have a decent lineup of channels including standard cable channels, entertainment, local channels, sports, and premium channels. You can check CenturyLink TV listings specific to your area here.

I have a bundled CenturyLink + DirecTV plan and I would like to cancel my DirecTV but keep my CenturyLink Internet service. Will I have to pay a fee or start my service period all over again?

Yes, you can cancel your DirecTV and keep the Centurylink internet service. While they do bundle with DirecTV, they are different companies. If you’re in a 24 mo agreement with DirecTV there would be an early termination fee (often called an ETF) associated with them.

The Centurylink internet price will usually increase around $5/month once you cancel your DirecTV service. Pricing changes will depend on your specific plan and service area.

Is CenturyLink fiber a good choice if I want to stream TV and movies?

CenturyLink doesn’t cap data use or limit streaming, so both their DSL and Fiber plans are a great choice for cord cutters. You won’t need Fiber speeds for basic streaming, but if you can afford it Fiber is well worth the step up. The speeds will be around 10x DSL and it’s excellent for upload-intensive activities such as Twitch or video chat.

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