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After 12 months Xfinity upload speeds Plan fees Is Gigabit worth it? Xfinity Senior Discounts

As of 2022, Xfinity markets six internet-only plans throughout their coverage area. Pricing for the cheapest plans starts at $19.99/month, then goes up to $50 after the first 12 months.

Most Popular Plan: Superfast 600

Xfinity Superfast is the best internet-only plan for most homes, but not because of the 600 Mbps download speed.

We suggest Superfast because it's the cheapest plan with a 15+ Mbps upload speed. This is triple the base speed and easily worth it if you have more than two people at home using the connection for work, school, and entertainment.

Homes with more than two people usually need at least 10–15 Mbps upload speed to account for shared video chat use, particularly if anyone is working from home or remote learning.

Reduced price: the Superfast plan is discounted an additional $10 in most regions, bringing the price down from $59.99 to $50. Check your address here to see if you qualify:

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Xfinity Plan Uploads

One aspect of Xfinity pricing that can be frustrating is that the upload speeds aren’t always clearly listed. In fact, when compiling this page, I had to go through multiple Xfinity sales and chat agents to get a verified list.

The short version is: they’re much lower than the download speeds. This is standard for cable systems, since they are designed for home users who mostly download content and need relatively little upload in comparison. Still, it can come as a surprise when the download speeds have improved so much relative to upload over the past few years.

Xfinity cable plans go all the way up to 1,000 Mbps for download speed. However, because they are a hybrid fiber-coaxial connection rather than pure Fiber-to-the-Home, the maximum upload is just 35 Mbps.

For reference, that’s just enough to support 1–2 4K video streams, before you factor in multiple users, WiFi fade, etc.

Plan NameDownloadUploadPromo PriceFinal Price
Connect50 Mbps5 Mbps$19.99/mo$50
Connect More100 Mbps5 Mbps$39.99/mo$60
Fast300 Mbps10 Mbps$49.99/mo$70
Superfast600 Mbps15 Mbps$59.99/mo$80
Ultrafast900 Mbps20 Mbps$69.99/mo$90
Gigabit1200 Mbps35 Mbps$79.99/mo$100

Cable speeds are designed this way because most users will make heavy use of download for video content. It wasn’t until 2020 that working from home and remote culture really went mainstream and made the need for more upload speed clear.

Unfortunately, most Xfinity plans are in the 5–15 Mbps range for uploads, which is enough to support video calls but can be challenging for heavier use, such as multiple users relying on upstream bandwidth or moving video files to the cloud.

If you want 35 Mbps uploads, your only choice is their most expensive “Gigabit” plan, which has 1,000 Mbps downloads and 35 Mbps uploads.

The only way to get faster than 35 Mbps upload with Xfinity is to try and get their custom-install fiber plan, Gigabit Pro. However, this costs $300+ per month and a $1,000 one-time install fee, not to mention several site survey and install visits.

If you’re curious to learn about the plan, there’s a great writeup about the application process for network engineers here, or you can read my Xfinity Gigabit vs Gigabit Pro comparison.

Xfinity plan fees and fine print

Data Caps no longer expanding in the Northeast region

While many providers lifted caps during Covid-19, Xfinity continued to enforce data caps on plans outside of the Northeast region.

The company initially planned to expand caps nationwide in early 2021, but faced harsh criticism from lawmakers for doing so while Covid-19 was still an unsolved problem. They delayed the move, and as of 2022 the delay seems to be permanent.

This is a win for local customers, who would have been charged for using more data above 1 TB or so.

For customers outside the Northeast, caps remain in place. Pricing for additional data is $10/50 GB, up to $100. This means that if you max out your data caps and use an additional 500 GB or more of data on top of the 1.2TB cap, you'll be charged an extra $100 that month.

Xfinity WiFi router options

Xfinity comes with three router options in 2022:

  1. xFi Gateway
  2. xFi Gateway Complete
  3. Bring your own
WiFi optionMonthly feeHardwareFeatures
xFi Gateway$14xFi Gateway (modem/router combo device)WiFi
xFi Gateway Complete$25xFi Gateway, xFi Pod, unlimited dataWiFi
Own Router optionNo chargeBring your own modem and routerVoids tech support

The xFi Gateway is basically a modem/router unit that broadcasts WiFi in your home. The upsell for “complete” throws in an xFi Pod (basically a WiFi extender, or mesh WiFi device) that extends the WiFi for larger or oddly-shaped homes. xFi complete also includes unlimited data.

The xFi Pods are made in collaboration with a company called Plume, which is a good thing because they’ve been doing some of the more interesting work improving home networking hardware/software in the past couple years. Xfinity is their largest partner, but they also work with a variety of smaller ISPs.

Xfinity router options screenshot.
Basic router service costs $14/month, but they push hard for the $25/month upgrade that includes unlimited data and a WiFi extension device.

$14 per month is pretty steep for WiFi service, although Xfinity makes a case for it with decent hardware and well-designed mesh networking options. However, if you’re in a two-bedroom home or apartment, you’re likely better off just buying your own to save the $168 per year it adds up to.

Xfinity is compatable with most major modem and router combinations, and they maintain a full list of compatable devices on their site.

Xfinity Plans for Low-Income Households

Low-income households can access Xfinity's reduced-cost basic service plans. These plans provide reduced speeds for a lower $9.95 monthly price, with no WiFi router fees.

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpMonthly PriceWiFi Fee
Xfinity Internet Essentials25/3 Mbps$9.95/mo $0/mo

Xfinity deals by market

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is Xfinity internet only service?

The introductory price of Xfinity internet only service ranges from $19.99 per month for base plans up to $79.99 for gigabit service. Wi-Fi router leases typically increase the price $14–25 per month. After the first year, new customer discounts no longer apply, causing an additional $20 per month bill increase.

What is the Xfinity upload speed?

Xfinity cable plans have a maximum upload speed of 35 Mbps. Base plans have lower uploads, ranging from 5 Mbps on the entry plan up to 15 Mbps for their mid-tier plans.

Page Summary
  • 25-1,000 Mbps download speeds are available in most of the Xfinity coverage area. However, the upload speeds for cable plans cap out at 35 Mbps.
  • Plan pricing rises after 12 months by anywhere from 18–67% depending on the plan. See chart below for pricing changes.
  • Xfinity Gigabit Pro is a fiber plan with extremely limited availability and monthly costs above $300, therefore it's not included in comparisons below.

Author
Jameson Zimmer
Broadband Market Analyst
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