Homes in Richmond have three top choices: Xfinity, AT&T, and Sonic. For most residents, Xfinity is the cheaper option while AT&T and Sonic offer premium service upgrades for $15–35 per month more.
|Base Price||$19.99/mo. sign-up price||$49.99/mo. sign-up price||$55/mo. flat rate|
|Download speed range||75–1,200 Mbps||10,000 Mbps||5–5,000 Mbps|
|Upload speed range||5–35 Mbps||10,000 Mbps||1–5,000 Mbps|
|Network options||Cable, Fiber||Fiber||DSL, Fiber|
|Contract terms||Contract required for discount price||Contract-free||Contract-free|
Xfinity is the most common choice in Richmond (and San Francisco generally) thanks to the extremely low entry price and the bundled TV and mobile options. This option isn’t the fastest for internet locally, but most homes won’t notice the difference between Xfinity’s 75 Mbps base service and AT&T’s 300 Mbps base service. What they will notice is the price, which is a full $15–35 per month cheaper than competing fiber offers.
AT&T and Sonic have patchwork coverage in the Richmond area, so you may find that one or both is available at your address. AT&T has the most options for bundling other services like TV; Sonic’s key selling point is the ultra-fast 2 Gig service, which is appealing for techies and home offices.
Sonic fiber availability in Richmond tends to be more sparse along Arguello Blvd and near the University of San Francisco.
Overall, we suggest Xfinity for price shoppers. Those willing to pay a premium for a higher service level can select between AT&T and Sonic based on price at their address.
Earthlink is really only worth considering for AT&T customers who want cheaper service over the same line. Earthlink leases their lines from AT&T in San Francisco, but sometimes offers the same service level at a cheaper price.
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