Starry Internet vs AT&T

Starry Internet has consistent 200 Mbps speeds but a small service area. They are preferable to AT&T in most cases — unless you are in AT&T's fiber service area, which has the highest reliability.

Brand Service type Speed range Price range Contact
AT&T DSL, Fiber 5–1,000 Mbps $49.99–59.99/mo. (844) 886-4258
Starry Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps $50 flat rate (888) 231-9403

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Starry Internet is a relatively new option for internet service, offering fixed-wireless service as an alternative to AT&T’s DSL and Fiber internet in urban areas like Los Angeles.

Starry is mostly offered in apartment buildings, while AT&T focuses on single-family homes and duplexes. While AT&T offers the highest speed with their fiber interet services, it’s not common for them to offer fiber at the same buildings where Starry has 200 Mbps fixed wireless service.

Therefore, Starry is usually the better option, for buildings choosing between Starry and AT&T. We recomend that you check for AT&T gigabit service, and if it’s not available, go with Starry.

AT&T vs Starry Internet Basic Features

FeatureAT&T InternetStarry Internet
Starting price$49.99/mo. sign-up price$50/mo. flat rate
Download speed range5–1,000 Mbps200 Mbps
Upload speed range1–1,000 Mbps200 Mbps
Network typeDSL, FiberFixed Wireless
Contract termsContract-freeContract-free

AT&T vs Starry Data Usage Policies

Many internet providers in California use data caps to manage their network, meaning that if you use more than a certain amount of data, you will be charged extra on top of your monthly bill.

Starry offers unlimited data usage, making them a good choice for cord-cutters and younger buyers who don’t want legacy cable or paid TV services.

AT&T has removed data caps due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s expected that they will re-instate their standard 1TB data cap on all plans sometime in 2021.

AT&T has data caps on some plans. 1TB is a common cap on AT&T internet plans. Starry offers unlimited plans with no data caps.

AT&T Internet Data Caps

AT&T places data caps on some plans.

Starry Internet Data Caps

Starry offers internet plans with unlimited data

AT&T vs Starry Net Neutrality Policies

AT&T Internet Net Neutrality Stance

AT&T has a statement of support for Net Neutrality on their policy website, but has remained quiet on the topic of future paid prioritization for certain services.

AT&T Net Neutrality statement
Starry Internet Net Neutrality Stance

Starry Internet maintains a detailed page on their website describing their traffic treatment in regards to Net Neutrality.

Starry Net Neutrality statement

AT&T vs Starry Pricing and Fees

Here is a breakdown of how common add-on fees compare for AT&T and Starry plans. These types of fees are common with internet providers, and can result in larger bill each month.

Starry is the clear winner here, since they emphasis “fee-free service” as their primary differentiator. While AT&T tacks on numerous fees and raises the price for basic internet service after the first year by 20% or more, Starry offers flat-rate service and doesn’t add on to the price or change the price after you’re “on the hook.”

This policy has won them substantial goodwill with customers in the LA area, who are often very frustrated with pricing changes after years with only Spectrum or AT&T.

FeeAT&TStarry
WiFi equipment fee~$10/mo.Free
Price increasesBill increases after promo periodFlat rate
Early Termination FeeFree cancellationFree cancellation

Note that fee amounts described above may vary by plan. See the plan comparison tables for AT&T and Starry below for more information.

AT&T vs Starry Internet-Only Plan Comparison

Most Common Plan Internet speed Sign-up price Final price Avg price over 2 yrs
Internet 100 (AT&T) 100 Mbps $49.99/mo. $59.99/mo. $55/mo.
Starry Internet (Starry Internet) 200 Mbps $50/mo. $50/mo. $50/mo.

The price of the AT&T Internet 100 internet plan is $49.99/month for the first Contract-Free. However, the price then rises 20% to a final price of $59.99.

AT&T vs Starry Internet.
Starry offers flat-rate service with no hidden fees, while AT&T offers a variety of add-ons like TV and landline phone services.

So, that means the price you actually pay for internet, averaged over two years, is $55/month.

Remember that Internet 100 includes the following fees when you compare pricing:

  • $10/month fee for WiFi equipment
  • Fees for using more than 1 TB

Starry Internet uses flat pricing for their entry-level Starry Internet plan. The $50 monthly cost does not rise over time.

AT&T DSL Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet Basic 55 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 2525 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 5050 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 100100 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99

AT&T Fiber Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet 10001000 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99

Starry Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedFinal Price
Starry Internet200 Mbps$50
Page Summary
  • Renters should choose Starry Internet, because the pricing for no-contract plans is low and straightforward. The 200 Mbps bandwidth provided is more than enough for most apartments.
  • Homeowners should choose AT&T if they are able to access their 1,000 Mbps fiber internet service.
  • Starry Internet is the best option for most homes, but has low availability compared to AT&T.

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Last Update: September 17, 2020
Published: May 28, 2020
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