Frontier Communications offers some of the most appealing deals on DSL and fiber Internet plans currently on the market. Their fiber “FiOS” plans in particular have been attractively priced since Frontier acquired an extensive fiber footprint from Verizon in 2016.
TV fans can a choose between Vantage TV, their digital IPTV service, or DISH, one of the top satellite providers in the US.
We consider their mid-range plans to be a good deal thanks to their combination of unlimited data and reasonable long-term pricing.
Top Frontier Deals
Frontier Internet Plus — Best DSL Deal
The 24 Mbps download speed offered by the Elite plan is the minimum we recommend assuming you'll be streaming HD and/or 4K video on a TV. If you don't use video streaming services like Netflix or YouTube regularly, one of their low-end plans might work for you, but will likely throw you buffering issues from time to time.
With Frontier, keep in mind that they charge an extra $5 for the gateway rental. You may be able to use your own to get around this fee if you're pinching pennies.
Frontier FiOS 75/75 Internet, Prime Video, and Voice – Best Triple Play
Complete List of Current Frontier Internet Deals
See the table below for a rundown of every current national offer we’ve collected from Frontier’s various sales channels:
|Deals||Price Monthly||Internet Speed||Phone|
|Simply Internet Ultra||$2500||12 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|Frontier Internet Plus — Best DSL Deal||$3500||25 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|Simply Broadband Core||$2000||6.0 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|45 Mbps + Prime TV||$8500||45 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|24 Mbps + Select TV||$6500||24 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|45 Mbps + Prime TV + Frontier Voice Unlimited||$9000||45 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|24 Mbps + Select TV + Frontier Voice Unlimited||$7000||24 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|18 Mbps + Extreme TV||$9500||18 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|18 Mbps + Extreme TV + Frontier Voice Unlimited||$10000||18 Mbps DSL||(855) 272-6369|
|100 Mbps + FiOS TV Prime||$7500||100 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|Frontier FiOS 75/75 Internet, Prime Video, and Voice – Best Triple Play||$8000||100 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|50 Mbps||$3000||50 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|150 Mbps||$4000||150 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|75 Mbps||$4000||75 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|100 Mbps||$4000||100 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|75 Mbps + FiOS TV Prime + FiOS Digital Voice||$8000||75 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|50 Mbps + FiOS TV Prime + FiOS Digital Voice||$7000||50 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|75 Mbps + FiOS TV Prime||$7500||75 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
|50 Mbps + FiOS TV Prime||$6500||50 Mbps Fiber||(855) 272-6369|
When Is Frontier the Best Option for an Internet or TV Plan?
Frontier has two big “pros.” First, unlimited data — which makes them an excellent value for cord cutters who want to binge on Netflix and Hulu without worrying about overage fees.
Frontier is one of the last major wired broadband providers to offer unlimited data on all plans (regardless of video quality or network technology!).
Combine that with the mobile viewing options on their Vantage TV bundles, and it’s easy to see why Frontier is preferred by binge-watchers and sports junkies.
Frontier Internet/TV/Phone Bundles: Are They Worth the Money?
Internet-only Frontier PlansInternet-only plans from Frontier Communications are overall a solid value thanks to their unlimited data policy. The speeds tend to be slower on their DSL network areas (closer to 15–30 Mbps rather than the 50–150 Mbps usually available in fiber “FiOS” areas). However, compared to competing cable networks, the reliability of performance on their DSL networks is strong and it’s more than enough to keep a household of streamers happy.
Internet + TV Frontier PlansFrontier’s TV/Internet double play plans are a good deal for heavy TV watchers and entertainment-focussed families. However, they can be overkill for “the rest of us” since the pricing is on the steep side. Those of us who just want a basic TV plan with a few premium and sports channels should consider the DISH/Frontier package that bundles satellite TV service from DISH into your monthly bill. Compared to Vantage, their service has more flexibility on economy plans.
Internet + TV + Phone Frontier PlansFrontier’s landline digital phone service is comparable to current offerings from other major cable, DSL, and fiber providers. That’s a good thing in our opinion, as phone service has improved dramatically across the board thanks to VoIP and Digital Voice options that enable futuristic features like unlimited long-distance calling.
DVR Options with Frontier DSL and Frontier FIOS
With Frontier Fios, you’ll have two main DVR options; standard and premium. Both options include 500 GB of storage space, or 50 hours of HD content). The also both allow for recording on any TV, but only one can have play, pause and rewind functionality with the standard offering (versus 10 with the premium). The final (and biggest) difference is that the standard option only allows for two shows to be recorded simultaneously, while the premium device offers 12.
For standalone Frontier, only one option is available; the whole-home DVR system, which allows for simultaneous recording of up to four shows, and includes one terabyte (1000 GB) of storage. This option is included with your cable TV package (or more accurately, the price is rolled into the overall TV charge so you can’t see it or remove it).
|DVR||Storage||Tuners||Lease (varies regionally)|
|Fios Standard DVR||50 hrs HD||2||~$10/mo.|
|Fios Premium DVR||50 hrs HD||12||~$20/mo.|
|Frontier Whole-Home DVR||100 hrs HD||4||Included|
How to Compare Frontier Deals
Frontier has a couple nice perks when it comes to contract options and installation options.
Tip #1: Contract vs Contract-FreeFrontier offers flexible month-to-month plans that are usually cheaper than their competitors. However, some customers we spoke to reported issues with confusion about whether they were on a contract or not — resulting in unwanted cancellation fees down the road. The lesson here is: don’t take phone reps at their word, and always verify the fine print of your service agreement within 30 days of signing up for service.
Tip #2: Installation optionsFrontier bundles installation and some equipment fees with their Internet service. This is good news for the average user who would rather have a professional set up their home network rather than tweak it themselves.
Frontier’s Main Strength: Reliable, Uncapped Bandwidth
What Frontier lacks in customer service they make up for in the reliability of their Internet connections. Compared to a coaxial cable connection of the same speed (think Spectrum, Xfinity), Frontier delivers a reliable connection that won’t slow down dramatically during peak use hours.
Since this holds true for their rural DSL networks, we generally recommend them over satellite service — especially for streamers.
Overall, Frontier Communications is best suited to Internet-only customers and busy family homes.
Internet-only customers will appreciate the affordable prices, reliable speeds, and unlimited data policy.
Family homes will benefit from the huge range of channels on the Vantage TV platform and the capable, multi-room DVR setup.
References and Footnotes
- http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160401005508/en/Frontier-Communications-Completes-Acquisition-Verizon-Wireline-Operations ↩
- http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160323006209/en/ ↩
- https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/06/ex-verizon-customers-wont-face-data-overage-charges-with-frontier/ ↩
Disclaimers:Offer Details No Annual Contract option: No early termination fee applies. A $10/mo. router fee and $21/mo. DVR and service fee applies. $75 Installation fee waived on new FiOS Triple Play bundles. Services are subject to all applicable Frontier terms and conditions. 2 Year Term option: Requires a two-year agreement and maximum $240 early termination fee on new Internet, new TV and new Voice service. A discounted $5/mo. router fee applies for 12 months. After 12-month promotional period, $10/mo. router fee applies. $10 DVR service fee waived for 24 months. $11/mo. DVR fee applies. $75 Installation fee waived on new FiOS Triple Play bundles. https://frontier.com/order-online/offer
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