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

As of 2023, Xfinity markets six internet-only deals throughout their coverage area. Pricing for the cheapest plans starts at $19.99/month, then goes up to $51 + Wi-Fi equipment fees ($15–25) after the first 12 months.

Xfinity has raised their download speeds by 100–200 Mbps for most plans in 2023, but the upload speeds are still capped at a maximum of 35 Mbps. The base plan still has a low 5 Mbps upload speed.

Most Popular Plan: Fast 300

Xfinity Fast is the best internet-only plan for most homes, but not because of the 400 Mbps download speed.

We suggest Fast because it's the best price for a 10+ Mbps upload speed. This is double 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: Fast currently features free Wi-Fi equipment for the first two years in most regions, bringing the price down by $25. Check your address here to see if you qualify:

View Fast discount

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:

Screenshot of Xfinity upload speed chat verification.
Until California gets included in Xfinity's 100 Mbps upload speed network upgrade, customers have to resort to chatting or calling company agents to get upload speed metrics for each plan.

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 1,200 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
Connect75 Mbps5 Mbps$19.99/mo$51
Connect More200 Mbps10 Mbps$39.99/mo$63
Fast400 Mbps10 Mbps$55/mo$73
Superfast800 Mbps15 Mbps$65/mo$83
Gigabit1000 Mbps20 Mbps$75/mo$93
Gigabit Extra1200 Mbps35 Mbps$80/mo$103

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

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

If you want 35 Mbps uploads, your only choice is their most expensive “Gigabit Plus” plan, which has 1,200 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 “Pro” 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

Key point: factor in the equipment fees

The biggest caveat with Xfinity service in 2023 is the Wi-Fi equipment fees.

They've upgraded their equipment to feature two options: a $15/month "xFi Gateway" router and a $25/month "xFi Complete" package. This is five times the price charged by other cable companies like Spectrum for equivalent equipment.

Their justification for the price is that the xFi Complete system includes unlimited data. This is frankly frustrating, when their biggest competitor AT&T Fiber doesn't levy data caps at all — let alone charge by the gig.

To make matters even more complex, Xfinity includes the xFi routers at free or reduced rates for some plans, which can result in the same final bill amount for seemingly different plans like “Connect More” and “Fast.”

…Until the discount expires in your second or third year of service, causing a $15–25 per month bill increase.

While it is possible to negotiate Xfinity deals for existing customers, the process is time-consuming and it’s not usually possible to get the full discount returned.

Xfinity WiFi router options

Xfinity comes with three router options in 2023:

  1. xFi Gateway
  2. xFi Gateway Complete
  3. Bring your own
WiFi optionMonthly feeHardwareFeatures
xFi Gateway$15xFi 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 $15/month, but they push hard for the $25/month upgrade that includes unlimited data and a WiFi extension device.

$15 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 $180–300 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.

I’ve written up a full guide on how to remove the Xfinity Wi-Fi fees here.

I’ve also written up a guide on how to handle common tech support issues with the xFi Gateways, such as when the Xfinity router light turns red during service interruptions.

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.

Note that this plan cannot access the faster 200 Mbps speed tier; this is reserved for full-price customers.

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpMonthly PriceWiFi Fee
Xfinity Internet Essentials50/10 Mbps$9.95/mo $0/mo
Xfinity Internet Essentials Plus100/20 Mbps$29.95/mo $0/mo

Among all low-income internet programs in California, Xfinity's has the best price-to-speed ratio. The only other providers at the $10 price point are Cox and AT&T. Neither matches the 50 Mbps download speed for low-income customers.

They are also the only provider I’ve seen that offers specific debt amnesty options to low-income households. Customers who meet certain income qualifications and have old debt with Comcast can still get low-income services using this program, among other payment extension and arrangement options.


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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 $80 for premium gigabit service. Wi-Fi router leases typically increase the price $15–25 per month. After the first year, new customer discounts no longer apply, causing an additional $18–31 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 10–20 Mbps for their mid-tier plans.

Page Summary
  • 75-1,000 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 12–24 months by anywhere from 24–155% 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.

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Jameson Zimmer
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