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4.1

Good speeds and prices from major national provider

Optimum is a major national cable internet provider. Most of Optimum’s 4.3 million subscribers receive cable internet service. But the ISP is also rapidly adding more all-fiber connections with symmetrical speeds. Optimum is the internet brand name of Altice USA, which rolled the company formerly called Suddenlink into the Optimum brand in 2022 [1]. Altice/Optimum is the 6th-largest ISP in the nation [2]. Optimum seems to check off all the right boxes for many of its offerings. You will have no data caps and no required contracts with Optimum internet plans. You will also get free equipment rental included with your monthly plan price. And Optimum’s prices are good. We'll give you an overview of what else to expect from an Optimum internet connection.
PROS
Gigabit download speeds No data caps or contracts 2-year price guarantee
CONS
Limited availability for all-fiber internet Slower upload speeds for cable than all-fiber Average customer satisfaction scores
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Pricing

4.3

Two-year price lock for a variety of speeds across Optimum plans

Cable internet is the chief type of connection that Optimum provides its customers. Because of improvements to cable internet technology, you can get gigabit download speeds from many cable internet companies like Optimum.  [3]. Whether you get the usual cable service or all-fiber, you will get very good prices from Optimum, and those prices will be locked for 2 years. Here’s an example. You’ll pay $40/month for Optimum’s first tier cable plan, which is 300 Mbps download/20 Mbps upload. That is a very good price for such speeds. Even Optimum’s first-tier fiber plan is also priced at $40/month for symmetrical 300 Mbps speeds. When you add to those rock-bottom prices the option to bundle your mobile phone service for only $15-30/month, *plus* additional discounts on your internet plan, you will be getting a seriously good deal on fast internet. 1 Gig speeds run around $80/month for the promotional period, but only $65 if you bundle with mobile. In the areas where you can get 2 Gig or 5 Gig Optimum Fiber, you’ll pay $120-180/month for symmetrical speeds, which is still competitive with the lowest multigig prices across the industry. Two years of price lock is a long time. With no required contracts, you can opt for two years of these great prices, then see how you like your service. Optimum’s initial pricing plus no data caps to give you surprise overage charges make their internet plans a very attractive offer.
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Reliability and Performance

4.0

Cable and fiber both provide fast download speeds, but fiber wins for upload speeds

With hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) technology, Optimum gives its cable customers gigabit download speeds but slower upload speeds. That’s typical for cable internet service. Optimum is comparable to other major cable internet providers such as Spectrum and Xfinity, offering upload speeds at a maximum of around 35-50 Mbps. These speeds are still quite adequate for even high-data tasks like gaming or streaming on multiple devices. Optimum differs from the cable internet competition because it is also launching into the all-fiber internet market. Optimum’s current fiber internet customer base is small but has doubled in the last couple of years from around 100,000 to over 200,000 subscribers [4]. By 2025, Optimum plans to create over 6.5 million fiber passings [5]. Fiber internet’s most striking advantage over cable internet is that fiber offers symmetrical upload and download speeds. With Optimum’s fiber plans, customers get the same 300 Mbps download speed as with cable, but instead of cable’s 20-50 Mbps upload, they will get a full 300 upload speed from fiber. This is a game-changer that means you will never have any bandwidth issues for online gaming, videoconferencing, and large homes with multiple devices. When Altice merged Suddenlink under the Optimum brand, the company had two distinct “footprints” left from where the old Optimum and Suddenlink coverage had existed. Suddenlink’s coverage area had been primarily in the South and West. Optimum was strong in the Northeast, and particularly in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Now, the fiber buildout is fastest in that tristate area [1]. And Optimum is offering its fastest new plan at a mind-boggling 8 Gigs in the tristate area as well [6]. But wherever your Optimum plan is based, know that rapid fiber buildout is coming, and the HFC cable internet is an excellent alternative until then.
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Equipment, Installation and Bonus Features

4.0

No equipment rental fees, free installation with Optimum plans

Optimum will provide your modem/router as part of your monthly plan fee, with no extra rental charge. If you have a compatible cable plan, you may even get a Wi-Fi 6 router, which will give you higher speeds for multiple devices than Wi-Fi 5. Fiber internet plans from Optimum will often include the Wi-Fi 6 gateway as well. Optimum’s Smart Wi-Fi 6 router will be especially helpful if you want to use Smart Home devices such as door cameras, thermostats, or lights. The wider bandwidth allows you to run all those devices without overloading your router. If you would rather use your own modem and router, Optimum will allow it. Just be sure to check for compatibility with their specs. Standard installation is free with Optimum plans. This bonus is unusual, as most ISPs charge $60-100 for installation.
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Customer Experience & Support

4.0

Optimum customer satisfaction

Optimum has an impressive array of customer support options:
  • Phone support
  • Online chat support
  • Email help
  • Social media support (X)
  • Brick-and-mortar stores
With all these options, Optimum has a good track record of responding promptly to customer needs.  
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FAQ's

Where can I order Optimum internet service?
To order or learn more, call the number on this page or visit OptimumSavings.com.
Does Optimum have data caps on its internet plans?
No, Optimum does not impose data caps on any of its internet plans. You will have unlimited data on both cable internet and fiber internet plans from Optimum.
What is the internet speed upgrade service provided by Optimum?
Optimum offers a free internet speed upgrade service to loyal customers, providing faster speeds and better value without changing the current price.
What options are available for renting a modem from Optimum?
Optimum provides two options for renting a modem: one includes tech support and equipment replacement, while the other option is for purchasing a compatible modem.
How can I explore different speed options for Optimum Internet service?
To explore different speed options for your Optimum Internet service, you can enter your zip code here at CompareInternet.com to see what plans are available in your area.
How can I save on my monthly bills with Optimum Internet and Mobile services?
Optimum offers savings on monthly bills through their Internet + Mobile Savings program, allowing customers to save up to $30/month by combining Optimum Internet and Optimum Mobile services.
Who is eligible for the Internet + Mobile Savings program?
Only Optimum Mobile and Optimum Internet customers are eligible for the Internet + Mobile Savings program offered by Optimum.
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June W from Conroe, TX
June 2023
Cora Rodriguez from Massapequa, NY
March 2023
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March 2023
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February 2023
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February 2023
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January 2023
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December 2022
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December 2022
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Albert Baker from Franklin Lakes, NJ
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August 2022
Emery Scott from Newark, NJ
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August 2022
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June 2022
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May 2022
Stella King from Bridgeport, WV
March 2022
Chloe Collins from Rockaway, NJ
February 2022
Samantha Lewis from South Amboy, NJ
February 2022
Kenneth Turner from Jonesboro, AR
January 2022
Lydia Reed from Hurricane, WV
December 2021
Stella Davis from Kinston, NC
October 2021
Bella White from DeRidder, LA
September 2021
Autumn Sanders from Princeton, WV
September 2021
Josephine Rivera from Natchitoches, LA
August 2021
Victoria Parker from Narrows, VA
July 2021
Layla Harris from Newark, NJ
June 2021
Grace Wright from Pikeville, KY
June 2021
Victoria Gibson from Sayreville, NJ
May 2021
James King from Newark, NJ
April 2021
James Hall from Elkins, WV
April 2021
Ava Cooper from Bridgeport, CT
February 2021
Thomas Baker from Unknown, LA
February 2021
Timothy Perez from Wayne, WV
February 2021
Aria Jackson from Newark, NJ
January 2021
Quinn Stewart from Torrington, CT
January 2021
Michael Turner from Montgomery, WV
January 2021
Sophia Cox from Lavallette, NJ
December 2020
Lucy Hall from Hoboken, NJ
November 2020
Brian Smith from Bethpage, NY
November 2020
Matthew Turner from Culloden, WV
November 2020
Timothy Davis from Brooklyn, NY
October 2020
Samuel Hill from Flowood, MS
October 2020
Ruby Russell from Sweetwater, TX
August 2020
Elizabeth Nelson from Helena-West Helena, AR
August 2020
Hazel Edwards from Nyack, NY
August 2020
Everly Perry from Princeton, WV
July 2020
Amelia Clark from Pawtucket, RI
July 2020
The internet slows down and/or needs to be reset a few times a week for, like, no reason??
Leo G from Dumont, NJ
July 2020
Christopher Davis from Lake Havasu City, AZ
June 2020
Larry Hall from Princeton, WV
June 2020
Ivy Phillips from Vincennes, IN
May 2020
I really enjoy this company
Noel Bell from Teaneck, NJ
May 2020
optimum is excellent
Corey Livingston from Rockville, CT
May 2020
Wish it cheaper
Chelsea Henry from Bay Shore, NY
May 2020
Cool
Gloria Noble from Wayne, NJ
May 2020
None
Caroline Arias from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
Too expensive
Cayden Palmer from The Bronx, NY
May 2020
good
Briana Bryant from Newark, NJ
May 2020
It is very fast
Cash Irwin from Butler, NJ
May 2020
Service goes out a lot of the time and isn't that fast
Chaz Barton from Watertown, CT
May 2020
bad customer service
Dangelo Michael from Paterson, NJ
May 2020
As a customer with 3 services with them, the prices should be better & they go up every time they say as a valued customer they offer a discount. a few months later back up to the price before or farther.
Mya Whitaker from Parlin, NJ
May 2020
N/a
Gemma Little from Trenton, NJ
May 2020
I don't really have any other choice but this one supplier in my area.
Lillianna Fernandez from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
Nope :)
Kendall Lamb from Selden, NY
May 2020
They are expensive, their speed is ok but service dose go down often. This is the only decent internet service available in my area. We need more choices as the big cable companies have a monopoly.
Cash Todd from Chicago, IL
May 2020
No
Landin Higgins from Edison, NJ
May 2020
Love this app
Clarissa Beltran from Edison, NJ
May 2020
N/A
Alyvia Delgado from California, MD
May 2020
This is nice
Carlo Robinson from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
None
Helena Johns from Freehold, NJ
May 2020
i have no other comments to make at this time.I have been a subscriber fro the beginning and i like them and would not go with another company
Raegan Andersen from Huntington, NY
May 2020
Always great service if there is an issue they resolve it quickly even in storms we rarely have an issue price is good for the services that are provided to us which is cable phone and internet
Noemi Mccullough from Medford, NY
May 2020
Terrible service and customer service. They never show up or answer when needed. I would highly not recommend this company.
Craig Harrell from Ridge, NY
May 2020
Hotspots are pretty slow around my area. Sometimes, it’s fast, but sometimes it’s not. It even disconnects randomly and my devices can’t detect the location of the network.
Harmony Foster from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
They are slow sometimes but I guess that is due to the low price of the company. They do have good customer service though.
Charlotte Wagner from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
Our WiFi has been going out everyday at the exact same time and optimum has done nothing. They have sent us a new router 3 times but the WiFi continues to go out in the middle of the day when we are all working
Maritza Campbell from Ledgewood, NJ
May 2020
none really maybe lower pricing some.. like 50 bucks or so. it was 50 but for some reason they think they can charge almost 100 now...
Mylee Richards from Newark, NJ
May 2020
they can be a bit better and dffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffs i wish they were a little faster a little stornger and littler wiser
Quincy Nichols from Newark, NJ
May 2020
none i dont have any other comments to make nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Carmen Kirby from New Milford, NJ
May 2020
It's a decent Internet provider but somewhat slow, however a lot of our Internet products (router, modem, etc.) are old so that could also be the problem.
Eleanor Deleon from Patchogue, NY
May 2020
its not a bad service it gets the job done. it will contiune to do what i want it to do. they can work on better internet for everyone
Odin Rosales from West New York, NJ
May 2020
Ya, they good. Nothing bad. I hope they can change some things though. I mean like I dunno anything about other providers.
Maggie Day from Edison, NJ
May 2020
I mean it is fine I guess, it is just I have no choice in provider. If I had a choice in who I could go with, or at least be able to compare would be nice.
Jenna Mckee from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
Pretty good service. In the past I’ve had a lot of issues with just suddenly losing my WIFI connection—it’s bizarre. They also just decide (seemingly at random) to remove your “special deal” from your bill and suddenly you’re being charged a LOT more than you were, without any notice given.
Aliana Werner from Randolph Township, NJ
May 2020
They are the worst. They charge so much money for the use only internet. I feel so frustrated with them. I have no movies or phone. Just internet
Heidi Hodge from Brooklyn, NY
May 2020
Decent internet service compared to their cable service. Very good for video or TV/film streaming. Rarely has severe buffering issues
Viviana Ashley from New York, NY
May 2020
Great high speed internet for a reasonable affordable price ,Customer service reps are always there to answer your calls in a professional manner
Tia Frazier from Harrison, NJ
May 2020
Leah Williams from Plainfield, NJ
May 2020
George Hill from Spencer, WV
April 2020
Paisley Mitchell from Kinston, NC
April 2020
Isabella Simmons from Wharton, NJ
April 2020
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February 2020
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January 2020
Dennis Jackson from Henderson, AR
January 2020
Harper Wilson from Muskogee, OK
January 2020
Adeline Jones from Kimberly, WV
January 2020
Hannah Martinez from Patchogue, NY
December 2019
Brian Hill from Yonkers, NY
December 2019
Michael Martinez from Logan, WV
November 2019
George Harris from Patchogue, NY
November 2019
Penelope Hughes from College Station, TX
October 2019
Richard Adams from Brooklyn, NY
October 2019
Patrick Martinez from Wethersfield, CT
October 2019
Hazel Lawson from Freehold, NJ
October 2019
Ella Foster from Prestonsburg, KY
September 2019
Scarlett Roberts from Lyndhurst, NJ
September 2019
Lily Abbott from Flagstaff, AZ
July 2019
Emily Garcia from Pollock, LA
July 2019