Optimum Internet

Joshua Cox-Steib
July 16, 2020
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Optimum's COVID-19 Response

Optimum is doing its part to keep its employees and customers safe during the pandemic. In keeping with CDC guidelines, they have closed vulnerable locations and reduced hours of operations.

Optimum Internet At A Glance

Optimum is only available in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. If you live outside of these areas, you won't have access. It does have reasonably high speeds and prices for its internet and TV services. In fact, Optimum's prices are, on average, $15 cheaper than many of the larger cable internet providers. But, with a slew of extra fees tacked on, your monthly charges will likely be much more than the advertised price. 

PlanType of ServiceSpeedContractData CapStarting PriceAvailability
Optimum 20CableUp to 20 MbpsYes – 1 yearNone$29.99Check Availability
Optimum 200CableUp to 200 MbpsYes – 1 yearNone$44.99Check Availability
Optimum 300CableUp to 300 MbpsYes – 1 yearNone$39.99Check Availability
Optimum 400CableUp to 400 MbpsYes – 2 yearsNone$64.99Check Availability
Optimum 1GCable, FiberUp to 1 GBYes – 1 yearNone$69.99Check Availability

Optimum Internet Packages

Optimum provides high-speed internet to residents in its coverage area. Be advised that packages and speeds vary greatly depending on where you live. Below are the Optimum internet-only plans.

Optimum 200

  • Up to 200 Mbps high-speed internet
  • Good for multiplayer gaming and multi-device streaming
  • No phone connection required

Optimum 300

  • Up to 300 Mbps high-speed internet
  • Best for multiple streaming and heavier-than-average use
  • Fast downloads of large media files
  • Stream video and music on multiple devices at one time

Optimum 400

  • Up to 400 Mbps high-speed internet
  • Steam 4K UHD on multiple devices
  • Connect all smart-home devices at one time
  • Fast download times for gaming, multi-person streaming and larger media files

Optimum 1 G

  • Up to 1 GB of high-speed internet
  • Best WiFi speeds available from Optimum
  • Best choice for multi-connected smart homes
  • Fastest download times for streaming and gaming and larger media files
  • Only available in select areas within Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
  • Currently unavailable to Optimum customers in Pennsylvania

Starting at $24.95 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

    Optimum Bundle Packages

    Optimum internet plans are available in different bundled offers, including Altice One. With Altice One, you get TV, internet, streaming apps, 4K and more. Bundling is one of Optimum's big pricing strategies, as you can get basic Optimum internet service and cable TV service bundled together for cheaper than the TV service by itself. Optimum arranges their bundles by internet, TV and phone.

    Optimum Internet Fees

    Optimum has several charges that creep into their otherwise low-cost plans. Still, some of these fees can be lowered or avoided. The equipment rental fee is only if you need their equipment. If you supply your own router and modem, you can prevent that monthly cost. Setup and installation are harder to get around, as it is not usually something that companies let customers do on their own. However, some of the bundled plans do come with free installation.

    Optimum Internet Deals

    Optimum Internet online deals and promotions vary depending on where you live. That means that someone in New York may get a better or different deal than someone who lives in New Jersey. To be eligible, you must be a new customer of Optimum who has not received any Optimum products within the past 30 days. These deals are promotional as of March 17, 2020 and are subject to change. 

    Optimum Data Caps

    Optimum advertises no data caps on its website. However, they do have an excessive use policy that addresses data consumption by subscribers. Common activities would likely include numerous or continuous bulk transfers of files, high capacity file transfers, peer-to-peer applications and newsgroups, all of which result in excessive data consumption. Optimum does not say what fees are charged for overages.

    Optimum Availability

    Optimum is not available in every area of the U.S. In fact, Optimum only serves New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

    To find out if you can get service in your area, check your ZIP code.

    Pros and cons of Optimum internet

    Pros

    • No data caps (except for excessive usage)
    • Good overall pricing – competitive with larger providers
    • Fast internet speeds
    • Four internet plans that meet most every need
    • One reasonably priced TV + Internet bundle, plus bundles with other products

    Cons

    • Only available in the New York tri-state area
    • Must sign a one-year contract to get the advertised prices
    • Must sign a two-year contract to get Altice One bundled pricing
    • Cancel service before your contract is done and you will pay early termination fees
    • Renting a modem costs $10/mo.
    • Without a promo, the regular installation cost is about $149.99
    • Offers only one bundle plan for TV and Internet

    We supplied the data; now, the decision is yours.

    Get started with by seeing which plans are available in your area.

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