Starry Internet vs Comcast Xfinity

Starry Internet offers 200 Mbps internet at a flat $50 rate, making them a welcome alternative to Comcast Xfinitys's overall higher pricing tiers. Starry is best for most homes, but Xfinity has compelling TV bundle options for family homes.

Brand Service type Speed range Price range Contact
Xfinity Cable, Fiber 25–1,000 Mbps $29.99–100/mo. (800) 934-6489
Starry Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps $50 flat rate (888) 231-9403

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Starry Internet has recently emerged as a competitor to Xfinity in major markets across the US, with more major cities like San Francisco prepping to launch service in 2021.

While Starry has the best overall pricing for most users — particularly renters — there are some instances where Xfinity actually makes more sense in terms of price.

Starry is the best pick for cord cutters, thanks to the lack of data caps and low internet-only pricing.

Xfinity vs Starry Internet Basic Features

FeatureComcast XfinityStarry Internet
Starting price$29.99/mo. sign-up price$50/mo. flat rate
Download speed range25–1,000 Mbps200 Mbps
Upload speed range3–35 Mbps200 Mbps
Network typeCable, FiberFixed Wireless
Contract termsContract required for cheapest priceContract-free

Xfinity 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.

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

Comcast Xfinity Data Caps

Xfinity places data caps on some plans.

Starry Internet Data Caps

Starry offers internet plans with unlimited data

Xfinity vs Starry Net Neutrality Policies

Comcast Xfinity Net Neutrality Stance

Comcast has a public statement of support for Net Neutrality on their corporate website, but have removed some promises on the page related to paid prioritization of traffic in recent years.

Xfinity 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

Xfinity vs Starry Pricing and Fees

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

FeeXfinityStarry
WiFi equipment fee~$14/mo.Free
Price increasesBill increases after promo periodFlat rate
Early Termination FeeFee to cancel contractFee to cancel contract

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

Xfinity vs Starry Internet-Only Plan Comparison

Most Common Plan Internet speed Sign-up price Final price Avg price over 2 yrs
Performance Pro+ (Xfinity) 200 Mbps $49.99/mo. $70/mo. $60/mo.
Starry Internet (Starry Internet) 200 Mbps $50/mo. $50/mo. $50/mo.

The price of the Xfinity Performance Pro+ internet plan is $49.99/month for the first 1 Year. However, the price then rises 40% to a final price of $70.

So, that means the price you actually pay for internet, averaged over two years, is $60/month.

Remember that Performance Pro+ includes the following fees when you compare pricing:

  • $14/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.

Choosing between Xfinity and Starry plans

Xfinity’s extensive cable TV bundle options are the primary draw for their service. If you have a choice between Starry and Xfinity, and you prefer Netflix to traditional cable, Starry will almost certainly be the best value in terms of monthly price.

XFINITY vs Starry Internet.
Xfinity and Starry both offer low-cost internet, but Xfinity focuses on TV add-ons and exclusive TV while Starry focuses on flat-rate no-fee service with great UI on their proprietary router system.

As a new company, Starry is also particularly focused on customer service, an area where Xfinity’s reputation is less strong.

Xfinity Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Performance Starter+25 Mbps$29.99/mo$50
Performance Select100 Mbps$34.99/mo$55
Performance Pro+200 Mbps$49.99/mo$70
Blast! Pro+300 Mbps$64.99/mo$80
Extreme Pro+600 Mbps$74.99/mo$90
Gigabit1000 Mbps$84.99/mo$100

Starry Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedFinal Price
Starry Internet200 Mbps$50
Page Summary
  • Simple pricing with no surprises is the primary benefit of Starry Internet.
  • Xfinity has extensive cable TV programming, which makes it a better bundle deal for families with a large TV appetite.
  • Starry Internet is the best option for most homes, but has low availability compared to Xfinity. Most Starry servie is in apartment buildings.

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Last Update: September 17, 2020
Published: May 29, 2020
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