When looking for an internet provider, it can be hard to decide which one to choose. How do you know what will work best in your area? The last thing you want to do is get stuck in a contract with an internet service provider that has low quality connection speed. Some companies even charge you to back out of a contract early. Or what if a new service provider becomes available in your area that is a better deal than the one you have, but you’re stuck in a two-year commitment?
One way to avoid this to get internet without a contract or on a prepaid plan. That way if it doesn’t work out, you can opt out of the service at any time. Here are some companies that provide no contract or prepaid plans for internet.
Frontier No Contract Internet Plans
Frontier offers no annual contract plans for both FiOS and high-speed internet. They also have plans where you can bundle internet with phone or TV, all without committing to an amount of time on the plan. Frontier doesn’t do promotional offers, so there’s no chance of you being charged extra because you forgot to cancel your trial of a certain subscription. Frontier is available in areas of the following states:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Check their website for full coverage details. Some states and areas have limited service or only certain types of internet available. For example, wired internet works better than WiFi in Nevada and New York.
CenturyLink No Contract Internet Plan
CenturyLink provides internet service that they advertise as “no contract, no bundling, no hassle.” Their plans start at 49 dollars per month. They also offer “Price for Life.” These means that even though you aren’t locked into a contract, your payment will stay the same for internet each month as long as you stay at the same address on the same plan. Internet, TV, and phone services aren’t connected, so you can mix and match however you want. CenturyLink offers internet service at three different speeds: 20, 80, and 100 mbps. The internet service provider is available in 36 states including Colorado, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin,
StraightUp Internet by Cox (Pre Paid Plan)
Cox offers a prepaid internet plan called StraightUp Internet. Customers pay 50 dollars at the beginning of each month to use the service. StraightUp internet subscribers get one terabyte of data each month. Like a no contract plan, you aren’t locked in for a long period of time. Because you pay month to month, you can leave at any time with no consequences. You can sign up for EasyPay if you want your plan to automatically renew each month, but you can also sign in to your account and pay every month that you actually want internet.
If you stay with StraightUp Internet, they offer a three year price guarantee. This means that if you subscribed today for 50 dollars but next year the price went up to 60 dollars, you would still pay 50 dollars for the remainder of your first three years as long as you stay on the plan.
Cox is available in parts of a variety of states with the greatest coverage area in Arizona, California, and Virginia. The other states you may be able to get StraightUp Internet in are as follows:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
Xfinity No Contract Plans (Prepaid)
Xfinity also offers a prepaid plan to customers in certain areas. Their plan costs 45 dollars for every 30 days of internet service. There is also a one-time charge of 35 dollars for setup and equipment. Xfinity prepaid doesn’t require annual contracts, long term commitments, or deposits. You pay for a month of internet every 30 days and can cancel at any time.
Customers can bundle their prepaid internet with Xfinity prepaid instant TV if they so choose. Xfinity prepaid is available everywhere the company has internet access for sale, which is parts of 40 states. This includes cities like:
- Houston, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Miami, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Denver, CO
- San Jose, CA
- Atlanta, GA
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Indianapolis, IN
- San Francisco, CA
- Orlando, FL
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Altice Advantage Internet Plans
Altice Advantage Internet is a prepaid plan powered by Optimum and Suddenlink. It is available specifically to low income households that meet one of the following qualifications:
- Eligible for or participate in the National School Lunch Program
- New York City residents and attend a New York City public school
- Eligible for or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older
- Veteran and receive state or federal public assistance
Altice Advantage Internet starts at just $14.99 per month with no annual contract. Customers get a router and modem to use while on the plan for free. The average download speed is up to 30 mbps, and the plan has unlimited data.
Altice has two main branches with a variety of coverage areas in each. These include:
- Altice East
- Greater Hudson Valley
- Long Island
- New Jersey
- New York City
- Altice West
- North Carolina
- West Virginia