The Hidden Costs of AT&T TV and Internet

We've dug through the fine print to find hidden fees on your AT&T TV and internet plans.

Price: $35.00–$550.00/mo.
Internet speed: 10 Mbps–1 Tbps

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*For 12 months with a 1-yr agreement plus taxes and equipment fee

It’s fun to watch Sherlock on TV, but you probably don’t want to be him just to figure out your AT&T internet bill. No worries—we’ve pulled out our magnifying glass, sorted through the fine print, and figured it all out for you.

AT&T pros and cons

Pros

  • Large service area/wide availability
  • Affordable residential internet and wireless plans
  • Business internet and phone plans

Cons

  • Two-year contracts
  • Limited fiber service area/availabilty
  • Expensive business plans

AT&T deals and promotions

As of this writing, AT&T Internet has the following deals:

  • $150 Visa® Reward Card: This deal applies to online orders of Internet 300 and higher, but it’s not available in all areas. Redemption required.
  • Extra $100 Visa Reward Card (fiber plans only): To get an extra 100 bucks on that gift card, enter the code FIBERNOW when you check out.
  • Free HBO Max: Get this popular streaming service when you sign up for AT&T Fiber Internet 1000 ($60/mo. for 12 mos., 940 Mbps).

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What happened to AT&T TV?

AT&T got out of the TV game, so it no longer sells TV plans—and AT&T TV is now DIRECTV STREAM.

AT&T internet plans summary

Download speeds up to 12-month introductory price* Ongoing price
100 Mbps $35/mo. $55/mo.
300 Mbps $45/mo. $65/mo.
1,000 Mbps $60/mo. $80/mo.

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*For 12 months with a 1-yr agreement plus taxes and equipment fee

After the first year with AT&T internet, your price will increase. Currently, AT&T Internet plans outside of the promotional period are $55 per month, and their much faster cousins—AT&T Fiber plans—raise to $80 per month.

Taxes, fees, and surcharges on AT&T plans

You know what they say about death and taxes. Your AT&T plan will come with tax surcharges on services and equipment based on the requirements of where you live.

There’s also an optional fee you should be aware of—unlimited data allowance on internet. That’s $30.00 per month, and you really shouldn’t bother with it. AT&T has monthly 1 TB data caps on most stand-alone packs, which is industry standard and more than most people will use.

Type
Taxes
Unlimited internet data
Cost
Varies by area
$30.00/mo.

AT&T installation fees

AT&T charges a $99.99 installation fee for internet service.

AT&T installation fees summary

Service plan
AT&T Internet plans
One-time fees
$99.99 installation fee

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

AT&T equipment fees

AT&T requires you to pay a $10-per-month equipment fee for its combo Wi-Fi router/internet modem, and the mandatory fee isn’t a great deal for subscribers. Unlike most competing internet providers, you won’t be able to skip the rental fees and save money by bringing your own modem or buying one from AT&T.

AT&T equipment fees summary

Equipment
Internet equipment fee
Cost
$10/mo.

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

AT&T late fees

Out of all AT&T’s hidden fees, this one is the most straightforward. Miss a payment and you’ll be charged a late fee. The exact amount varies by state, but it’s generally up to $10.00 per bill.

AT&T cancellation costs

AT&T’s contracts last one year. If you need to bow out before then, AT&T will slap you with some hefty early termination fees. You’ll have to pay $15.00 for each month remaining on your TV or internet agreement.

Another word of caution: be sure to return your equipment on time or else you’ll receive a $150 fine on that too.

Our recommended AT&T package: AT&T Internet 100

With AT&T Internet 100, you’ll have enough download performance to handle regular web browsing and streaming for a small to mid-sized household.

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Final take

Things can get pricey with AT&T Internet if you pick a lower-tier internet package, or cancel before your contract ends. But overall, AT&T shoots pretty darn straight for the territory.

Methodology

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