Best broadband deals for the holidays

Best broadband deals for the holidays

It’s fa-la-la-la-la season for gifts. You turn for the latest iPhone deals. You dig deep to find the best new tv for your family room. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself booze. No judgement. Whatever you want, there’s probably a sale for you.

But during this holiday seasonDon’t miss the opportunity to get great deals from internet service providers Across the country. These ISPs probably won’t be at the top of your list for Santa, but maybe they should be. After all, how will you be able to binge watch all your favorite holiday movies if your internet connection is spotty?

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Do yourself and your family a favor and take a look at these ISP offers. You may be able to ditch a data cap or upgrade to a faster download speed. Maybe you just want to switch provider after years of dissatisfaction with your current ISP. Whatever the case, it’s worth investigating what might be out there.

Here’s our list of current vacation broadband deals.

Broadband offers for the holidays

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  • Promotion end date: Thursday, January 5

AT&T has lined up several promotions for the holidays. First, existing postpaid wireless customers who sign up for a 300 Mbps plan or higher can get a $200 reward card.

Second, online customers who purchase an AT&T Fiber plan can qualify for an Amazon Smart Home Accessory Bundle – which includes an Echo Show 8, Blink Outdoor Camera, Blink Video Doorbell, and 2 Amazon Smart Plugs – or a Card reward up to $150.

Third, new customers who sign up for an AT&T Fiber plan at a participating retail store or through a call center can get the first two months of service free through billing credits. (Note: This offer is only valid in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Waco and West Palm Beach.)

Finally, new customers in all other US markets who sign up for AT&T Fiber at a participating retail store or through a call center will be eligible for a Google Holiday Smart Home package valued at $224.

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  • Promotion end date: unknown

T-Mobile’s 5G home internet product has a promotion that offers new customers a $100 prepaid debit card if they keep service for at least 60 days. This means you get two months free. There is an additional offer where new customers can get $10 off every month when they own or add an eligible T-Mobile voice line. You can combine this offer with the $100 gift card.

Read our T-Mobile Home Internet review.

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  • Promotion end date: Wednesday, January 4

Verizon has several vacation deals for new home internet customers with its Verizon Fios fiber optic internet service and Verizon 5G home internet product. First, new customers — anyone who hasn’t subscribed to Verizon in the past 180 days — will get a 10-year price guarantee.

Additionally, Verizon 5G Home Plus and Fios 1 Gig (or higher) customers receive a $200 Doordash or Grubhub gift card.

Finally, Fios 1 Gig (or higher) customers have the choice of an Amazon Echo Show 10 or a $150 Verizon gift card.

Read our Verizon Fios home internet review.

Holiday Broadband Deals FAQ

Is the holiday season really the best time to get broadband?

It might be. May to October – moving season – is usually the first window to find good sales and incentives on the Internet service. However, due to increased competition, some suppliers are taking advantage of the holidays to attract new customers.

What should I look for to find a good Internet offer?

A good way to determine a decent value is to look at the cost per megabit per second. For example, you can upgrade to a 100 Mbps plan for $20 per month and skip a 500 Mbps plan for $40 per month. After all, you’re gaming $20 less per month with the 100 Mbps option.

However, when you look at the cost per Mbps, it’s 20 cents per Mbps for the 100 plan and only 8 cents per Mbps for the 500 plan. If you have multiple users in your household and multiple smart devices throughout your home, you notice the difference in performance between the 500 Mbps plan and the 100 Mbps option.

Finally, don’t forget the value of promotional benefits. If a package gives you HBO Max for free, that’s a savings of $15 per month or $180 per year if you were already a subscriber. As more and more of us rely on our streaming services, it’s great value for money.

Are there any offers or promotions I should avoid during the holidays?

Stay away from plans and services that require you to enter into a term agreement. When you do, it often means you’ll pay a hefty penalty if you decide to terminate service before the contract is complete. Fortunately, these long-term contracts are no longer the norm. But if a vacation deal requires signing a long-term agreement, make sure you’ve explored all available options before signing up.

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