As of 2021, Xfinity markets six internet-only plans throughout their coverage area. Pricing for the cheapest plans starts at $29.99/month, then goes up to $50 after the first 12 months.
Xfinity pricing after 12 months
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 Name||Download||Upload||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Performance Starter+||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||$29.99/mo||$50|
|Performance Select||100 Mbps||5 Mbps||$34.99/mo||$55|
|Performance Pro+||200 Mbps||5 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$70|
|Blast! Pro+||300 Mbps||10 Mbps||$64.99/mo||$80|
|Extreme Pro+||600 Mbps||15 Mbps||$74.99/mo||$90|
|Gigabit||1000 Mbps||35 Mbps||$84.99/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.
Xfinity plan fees and fine print
Data Caps are expanding in 2021
While many providers have lifted caps during Covid-19, Xfinity continues 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 have now delayed the move until July of 2021.
Once caps are expanded, likely in July of 2021, this means that if you use more data than your plan allows, you will be charged additional fees for extra data in packs.
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.
This policy already applies to customers outside the US northeast (California, Washington, Utah, etc).
Xfinity WiFi router options
Xfinity comes with three router options in 2021:
- xFi Gateway
- xFi Gateway Complete
- Bring your own
|WiFi option||Monthly fee||Hardware||Features|
|xFi Gateway||$14||xFi Gateway (modem/router combo device)||WiFi|
|xFi Gateway Complete||$25||xFi Gateway, xFi Pod, unlimited data||WiFi|
|Own Router option||No charge||Bring your own modem and router||Voids 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.
$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 Name||Speed Down/Up||Monthly Price||WiFi Fee|
|Xfinity Internet Essentials||25/3 Mbps||$9.95/mo||$0/mo|