AT&T Internet: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up

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If you have access to AT&T Internet in your area, you may be thinking about making the switch.

In this article, I’ll take a close look at each of the home internet plans AT&T offers including AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet and AT&T Fiber. I’ve checked out each plan to see how much it costs, where it’s likely available, what it includes, what kind of contracts and fees to expect and how it compares to similar home internet plans.

AT&T Internet: Plans, Pricing and How It Compares

AT&T offers three types of home internet: AT&T Internet plans, plans powered by Fiber and Fixed Wireless Internet. Plans powered by Fiber offer the fastest download speeds and most reliable connection.

AT&T’s other home internet plans are powered by both fiber optic and copper (DSL) connections. Of course, the DSL connection makes speeds significantly slower. 

Finally, AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet provides access to traditional W-Fi through a mounted outdoor wireless antenna and a Gateway device. If you don’t have access to AT&T Fiber or other standard internet options, fixed wireless service may still be available in your area. 

In the table below, you’ll see each of AT&T’s three types of home internet plans and starting prices per month with autopay and a paperless billing discount. The download speeds below are based on information from AT&T’s website.

Type of InternetStarting PriceDownload SpeedsData CapContractAdditional FeesAvailability
Standard Internet (Basic-100)$550.8-100 Mbps1TBNoneTaxes not included.
Installation fee of up to $99.
Check availability
Fiber (300-1000)$55-$80300-940 MbpsNoneNoneTaxes not included.
Installation fee of up to $99.
Check availability
Fixed Wireless Internet$69.99At least 10 Mbps350GBNoneTaxes not included.
Installation fee of up to $99.
Check availability

Below, you’ll find more information on AT&T’s internet plans including what you can expect for the cost, how to check availability in your area, and how it compares to similar plans from other wireless service providers.

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Plans and Pricing

While AT&T offers three different kinds of home internet (standard, Fiber and fixed wireless), there are more than just three plans available. 

Still, don’t expect much flexibility when it comes to choosing an AT&T internet plan. If you enter your address on the company’s website, you can see which plans are available at your address. By default, you’ll be shown the best available plans based on download speeds and reliability. 

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It’s important to know the difference between AT&T’s different types of internet plans so that you’ll know if any of the available plans are going to meet in your needs. In this section, I’ll take a closer look at each type home internet service AT&T offers.

AT&T Internet Plans

Formerly U-verse Internet, AT&T Internet is the company’s standard home internet plan. If you don’t have strong enough AT&T service in your area for Fiber, you may see an offer for one of these internet plans: 

PlanPrice per MonthDownload Speeds
Internet 100$55100 Mbps
Internet 50$5550 Mbps
Internet 25$5525 Mbps
Internet 18$5518 Mbps
Internet 10$5510 Mbps
Internet Basic 5$555 Mbps
Internet Basic 1.5$551.5 Mbps
Internet Basic 768$550.8 Mbps

Each of the prices listed above includes a discount for autopay and paperless billing. And it’s worth noting that this is the promotional pricing that AT&T currently lists on its website, which is guaranteed for the first 12 months. After 12 months, the promotional discount will expire, and you’ll begin seeing the full price for your internet plan. 

AT&T isn’t terribly transparent about how much of a discount this 12-month promotion includes (i.e. how much your total monthly price will increase after 12 months) until you’re ready to purchase your plan. However, AT&T customers seem to agree that it’s around $20 per month (or 30%).

As you can see, these plans all cost the same despite offering significantly different download speeds. If you have access to AT&T Internet at your home, you won’t be able to choose between these plans but instead, you’ll see the highest speed available for your location. 

According to AT&T’s website, if only one plan is shown for your address, it’s the best available internet offer based on your location. 

These plans offer slower download speeds than AT&T Fiber because they run on a fiber optic/copper hybrid network. Copper is the same connection that dial-up/DSL internet connections rely on, which is what causes the slower speeds. 

You can learn more about AT&T Internet and check availability in your area online.

AT&T Internet Plans Powered by Fiber

AT&T Fiber includes AT&T’s top-tier internet plans. The service runs on a fiber-optic network that allows users to experience download speeds between 300 and 940 Mbps on average. Below, you can see each of the three AT&T Fiber internet plans available now: 

PlanPrice per MonthDownload Speeds
Fiber: Internet 1000$80940 Mbps
Fiber: Internet 500$65500 Mbps
Fiber: Internet 300$55300 Mbps

The prices in the table above do not include monthly taxes and fees. However, there are no equipment fees with any AT&T internet plan. Plus, according to AT&T’s website, there’s no price increase at 12 months like there is with standard internet plans.

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Additionally, since AT&T Fiber delivers internet directly to you using a 100% fiber network, you’ll notice significantly higher speeds compared to the broadband service. The cheapest Fiber plan (Internet 300) is available for the same cost as Internet 100 with three times the download speeds. 

Because of the difference in download speeds and connection reliability, I would highly recommend opting for AT&T Fiber over AT&T’s standard internet plans if it’s available in your area. If it isn’t, it’s worth considering other service providers.

You can learn more about AT&T Fiber and check availability in your area online. 

Fixed Wireless Service

In addition to broadband and fiber optic internet plans, AT&T also offers a fixed wireless service for $69.99 per month plus taxes

Unlike Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet doesn’t convert nearby cellular service into Wi-Fi for your in-home devices. Instead, it works by providing traditional internet service to rural areas through a mounted outdoor wireless antenna and a Gateway router.

According to AT&T, if you live in a rural area, Fixed Wireless Internet may be your best option if other internet services are unavailable.

You can expect typical download speeds of 25 Mbps according to AT&T’s website, but you can rely on speeds of at least 10 Mbps. The plan also includes a monthly data cap of 350GB. If you go over the monthly limit, expect a $10 charge per 50GB of additional data. 

Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about the price raising after 12 months with this plan: $69.99 is its regular rate without promotional pricing.

You can learn more about AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet and check availability in your area online.

How To Save on AT&T Internet

If you’re thinking about getting AT&T internet, you may be wondering if there’s any way you can reduce the bill. 

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AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Service comes with a $10 discount if you have a qualifying postpaid wireless plan with AT&T, which makes the monthly internet bill $59.99. If you’re looking at an AT&T Internet plan or AT&T Fiber instead, you may also be able to save by bundling your services. 

According to AT&T’s website, “AT&T offers multiple bundle deals on various TV, wireless and internet services. Some bundle deals come with a discount on your bill and others will provide unlimited data on your home internet connection.”

The promotional deals may vary based on location and they’re subject to change at any time. For this reason, it’s hard to determine how much you’ll save by bundling your internet with your phone or TV services or if you can save more by mixing and matching various service providers. 

You can check out current bundles and promotions for AT&T internet in your area by visiting the website.

Download Speeds

Each of AT&T’s home internet plans works completely differently, which is why they vary so greatly in download speeds. 

In the table below, you’ll see each of AT&T’s home internet plans along with their download speeds and price per month. Note that the prices do not include taxes, but they do reflect an autopay and paperless billing discount.

PlanDownload SpeedsPrice per Month
Fiber: Internet 1000940 Mbps$80
Fiber: Internet 500500 Mbps$65
Fiber: Internet 300300 Mbps$55
Internet 100100 Mbps$55
Internet 5050 Mbps$55
Internet 2525 Mbps$55
Internet 1818 Mbps$55
Internet 1010 Mbps$55
Internet Basic 55 Mbps$55
Internet Basic 1.51.5 Mbps$55
Internet Basic 7680.8 Mbps$55
Fixed Wireless InternetAt least 10 Mbps$69.99

AT&T Fiber delivers Wi-Fi through a 100% fiber-optic network. This allows you to experience the fastest possible download speeds (up to 940 Mbps) and a very secure connection. 

AT&T Internet Basic-100 delivers Wi-Fi through a fiber optic/copper hybrid network. Copper is the same type of connection used by dial-up/DSL connections, so it makes sense that you’ll notice slower download speeds (0.8-100 Mbps). 

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet works by using an outdoor antenna to pick up distant Wi-Fi signal and deliver it to your home through the Gateway device, which acts as a router and a modem. Because this type of internet relies on a mounted outdoor antenna, it’s clear why you can expect the slowest speeds with fixed wireless internet. However, if you have no other options in your area, it’s certainly better than nothing. 

According to AT&T’s Website, “Your location will determine the type of internet service available to you. You can qualify for the fastest internet speed available in your area. If you live in a rural area, Fixed Wireless Internet may be your best option if other internet services are unavailable.”

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You can learn more about AT&T’s internet speeds on the company’s website.

Availability

AT&T has been expanding Fiber coverage, and it’s now available in 21 states across the country.

Source: AT&T

According to the company website, AT&T internet services and plans are available in the following states: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

The best way to determine whether or not AT&T offers internet service in your area is by entering your address on AT&T’s website. Click “Check availability” to see which plans are available to you.

Contracts and Additional Fees

AT&T doesn’t require annual contracts with any of its home internet plans. You can cancel any home internet plan at any time without having to worry about early termination fees.

Unfortunately, all of AT&T’s internet plans are subject to a professional installation fee of up to $99. Free self-installation may be an option depending on the plan you purchase and where you live, but if you opt for AT&T Fiber or Fixed Wireless Internet, you’ll likely have to have a professional install the equipment. 

Despite the startup cost, there aren’t many monthly fees added to your bill afterward. But taxes aren’t included in the plan price, so you can expect to see them show up on your bill. Of course, the amount varies by area. 

There is no equipment rental fee for AT&T internet, but if you need a Wi-Fi extender, AT&T will charge you $10 monthly to rent one. Otherwise, the antenna for fixed wireless service and the gateway device is included for customers. However, if you don’t return the equipment after you’ve ended your service, you could face a non-return fee of $150 or more.

You can see a complete breakdown of all potential fees and charges from AT&T internet on the website here.

How AT&T Internet Compares

To see how AT&T’s home internet plans compared to similar offers available from phone companies, I compared a few of the most popular options. 

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In the table below, you’ll see fiber-optic networks including AT&T Fiber and Verizon Fios as well as fixed wireless internet plans including AT&T Fixed Wireless, Verizon LTE Home, Verizon 5G Home, T-Mobile 5G Home and UScellular. 

PlanStarting PriceDownload SpeedData LimitEquipment Rental FeesAvailability
Verizon Fios$39.99300MbpsNone$15 per month (or buy router upfront for $299.99)Check availability
AT&T Fiber$55300MbpsNone$10 per month (Wi-Fi extender)Check availability
Verizon LTE Home$2525-50MbpsNoneNoneCheck availability
Verizon 5G Home$2585-300MbpsNoneNoneCheck availability
T-Mobile 5G Home$5035-115MbpsNoneNoneCheck availability
AT&T Fixed Wireless$59.9925Mbps350GBNone, but an installation fee of up to $99 may applyCheck availability
UScellular$55Speeds vary by location25GB$5.50 per month with a 36-month rental contract (or buy router upfront for $198)Check availability

Each of the prices in the table above reflects autopay discounts and discounts for already having a cell phone plan with the company if available.

As you can see, Verizon’s fiber-optic internet offers the same download speeds for a cheaper monthly price. But after Verizon’s monthly router rental fee, it works out to be nearly the same. 

When it comes to fixed wireless service, AT&T again offers the most expensive option even after the $10 discount for bundling it with a phone plan.

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet offers the slowest average download speeds, and aside from UScellular, it’s the only plan to have a monthly data cap. Additionally, AT&T is the only company that charges installation fees (up to $99.) 

Based on this comparison, AT&T Fiber isn’t a bad option if it’s available in your area. If you’re looking for fixed wireless internet, I recommend checking out other options before AT&T. 

I didn’t compare AT&T’s broadband internet plans because of the wide selection of local internet providers throughout the nation. However, I recommend comparing all home internet options available to you before choosing AT&T Internet. Be sure that you’re getting the best overall monthly price with fast enough data speeds to meet your family’s needs.

Final Thoughts: Should You Get AT&T Internet?

Whether you’re considering AT&T’s broadband internet service, a plan powered by Fiber or fixed wireless internet, it’s important to see what’s available at your address and start your comparison there.

If you’re thinking about switching to AT&T from another internet service provider, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Are any AT&T plans available in your area that meet your needs? Specifically, is AT&T Fiber available in your area? If AT&T’s broadband internet is all that’s available, will it meet your needs?
  • Have you compared plan prices available in your area? Also be sure to compare download speeds, monthly data caps, equipment rental fees and promotional pricing.
  • Do you already pay for an AT&T service? If your cell phone service or TV service is powered by AT&T, you may be able to bundle your internet service and save more.

If you can answer “yes” to each of these questions, an internet plan from AT&T may be worth considering so long as it’s the best deal in your area. Keep in mind that you’ll need to consider how much internet you use and what you use it for. 

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A fiber optic internet plan such as AT&T Fiber will provide more reliable data at consistently higher speeds, which may make it the best option for gamers, streamers and/or supporting a household full of devices.

None of AT&T’s plans require contracts or monthly equipment rental payments. However, you can expect an installation charge of up to $99 in most cases. Compared to the competition, AT&T honestly doesn’t offer the best internet plans or prices. However, if it’s all that’s available in your area, it could be the perfect plan for you.

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