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CenturyLink Internet Review: Plans, Prices, Deals, and More

We break down the value and costs of CenturyLink’s fiber internet and DSL internet plans.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get Fiber internet for as low as $30/mo for 12 months.

Price: $30.00–$70.00/mo.

Download speeds: Up to 100–940 Mbps

Upload speeds: Up to 100–940 Mbps

Data cap: Unlimited

Contract:  N/A

Package Price* Download speeds Upload speeds Details
Best for most folks
CenturyLink Fiber Internet 200 Mbps
$30.00/mo.* Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps View plan
Best for speed
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit
$70.00/mo.† Up to 940 Mbps Up to 940 Mbps View plan

Data is as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* Speed may not be available in your area. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem.
† Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem. Free Install.

Is CenturyLink internet good?

CenturyLink landed smack in the middle of our internet customer satisfaction survey—below competitors like Verizon Fios, AT&T, and Xfinity.

That said, we still think CenturyLink Fiber Internet is an excellent deal (if you can get it). With plans as low as $30 monthly, CenturyLink Fiber Internet is among the cheaper fiber options on the market. But if you’re stuck with CenturyLink DSL, you’ll have much slower internet speeds for $50 monthly.

CenturyLink pros and cons

Pros

  • Affordable fiber internet
  • Fast upload and download speeds with fiber internet
  • Straightforward pricing

Cons

  • Inconsistent DSL internet speeds

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CenturyLink internet deals

CenturyLink often offers new-customer incentives like a $100 reward card. Keep an eye out for the current promotion when you’re signing up.

And if you need help paying for internet, the Affordable Connectivity Program can help you save $30 monthly off your internet bill. Check out our free and low-income internet guide to learn more.

CenturyLink internet plans and pricing

Package Price Download speeds Upload speeds Connection type
CenturyLink Fiber Internet 200 Mbps $30.00/mo.* Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps Fiber View Plan
CenturyLink Fiber Internet 500 Mbps $50.00/mo.* Up to 500 Mbps Up to 500 Mbps Fiber View Plan
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit $70.00/mo.† Up to 940 Mbps Up to 500 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Simply Unlimited Internet $50.00/mo.‡ Up to 100 Mbps Up to 10 Mbps DSL View Plan

Data effective as of publish date. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.
* Speed may not be available in your area. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem.
† Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem. Free Install.
‡ Paperless billing or prepaid required. Additional taxes, fees, and surcharges apply. Get the fastest Internet speed available at your location (max speed is up to 100 Mbps.)

CenturyLink Fiber Internet

If it’s available in your area, we recommend CenturyLink Fiber Internet. Fiber internet technology gives you a more reliable connection and faster upload and download speeds than cable or DSL internet.

On top of that high performance, these plans are among the cheapest. Check out how CenturyLink Fiber Internet’s starting plan compares to the competition’s:

  • CenturyLink: 200 Mbps for $30.00/mo.
  • AT&T: 100 Mbps for $55.00/mo.
  • Spectrum: 300 Mbps for $49.99/mo.
  • Verizon Fios: 300 Mbps for $49.99/mo.
  • Xfinity: 75 Mbps for $24.99/mo.

Plus, every CenturyLink Fiber Internet plan includes your fiber gateway—equipment that Xfinity charges $14 monthly for. And all CenturyLink plans come without annual contracts, so you won’t face early termination charges for canceling your internet service.

We recommend most folks go for CenturyLink’s 200 Mbps plan, a good internet speed for day-to-day needs. That’s plenty to scroll through social media and stream TV. But if your family streams multiple shows simultaneously, consider upgrading to the Gigabit plan instead.

If you’re in or near a major city with CenturyLink coverage, there’s a decent chance you can get fiber internet. But if you’re not? Then your only CenturyLink option will be the Simply Unlimited Internet DSL plan.

Simply Unlimited Internet

To the fiber internet-deprived: DSL can still be workable. With maximum download speeds of 100 Mbps, Simply Unlimited Internet is slower than fiber, and its upload speeds lag even farther behind. It still supports occasional Netflix sessions, but your video calls might get choppy.

We’re fans of Simply Unlimited Internet’s unlimited data and no-contract pricing. You won’t have to worry about expensive data overage fees or sudden, massive price hikes.

Like with most DSL plans, your CenturyLink DSL options will depend on the area-availability goblin. Simply Unlimited Internet comes with the fastest speed available at your address. So you might get a 100 Mbps plan, or you could live in an area where CenturyLink guarantees only “up to 1.5 Mbps.” (I do.) And that’s unfortunate.

We’d recommend Simply Unlimited Internet only if your address gets a download speed of at least 40 Mbps. Your internet won’t be blazing fast, but you’ll be able to check your email or watch videos.

But if your address gets less than 40 Mbps from CenturyLink, you’ll probably have better luck with a competing internet provider.

Pro tip: You’ll need a modem and Wi-Fi router for Simply Unlimited Internet. CenturyLink offers a modem/router combo for $15 per month or you can buy it outright for $200.

You can also purchase third-party equipment, but that requires some homework and might cost more than CenturyLink’s $200 modem/router. Check out our CenturyLink-compatible modem guide to learn more about your hardware options.

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CenturyLink internet and phone bundles

Package Price Download speeds Upload speeds Phone plan
Fiber Internet 200 Mbps + Simply Unlimited Home Phone $70.00/mo.* Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View Plan
Fiber Internet 500 Mbps + Simply Unlimited Home Phone $90.00/mo.* Up to 500 Mbps Up to 500 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View Plan
Fiber Gigabit + Simply Unlimited Home Phone $110.00/mo.† Up to 940 Mbps Up to 940 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View Plan
Simply Unlimited Internet + Simply Unlimited Home Phone $90.00/mo.‡ Up to 100 Mbps Up to 10 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View Plan

Data effective as of publish date. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.
* Speed may not be available in your area. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem.
† Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Online ONLY. Free Modem. Free Install.
‡ Paperless billing or prepaid required. Additional taxes, fees, and surcharges apply. Get the fastest Internet speed available at your location (max speed is up to 100 Mbps.)

Everybody loves a bundle, especially when it means a discount. CenturyLink doesn’t offer TV service, so your only bundle option will be CenturyLink phone service. When you bundle, you’ll save $10.00 monthly off the regular combined price of internet and home phone.

CenturyLink offers two home phone plans: Basic Home Phone ($34.50 monthly) includes only local calling, while Simply Unlimited Home Phone ($50.00 monthly) includes features like call waiting and caller ID. You’ll also pay a one-time $35.00 activation fee to turn on your home phone service with CenturyLink. Check out our CenturyLink bundle and CenturyLink phone guides to learn more about the ISP’s offerings.

Final take

We love CenturyLink’s shockingly straightforward pricing on its fiber internet and Simply Unlimited Internet plans.

But your CenturyLink experience will heavily depend on where you live. CenturyLink Fiber Internet is a great fiber internet option, but if your neighborhood only gets Simply Unlimited Internet, it’ll be a coin toss whether you’ll get 1 Mbps or 100 Mbps internet speeds.

Fortunately, no contracts means you can give CenturyLink a shot without getting trapped by a lengthy contract and early termination fees.

CenturyLink internet FAQ

How do I change my CenturyLink Wi-Fi password?

Here’s how to change your Wi-Fi password if you have a newer CenturyLink modem and it’s already connected to a device:

  1. Open a browser window and go to http://192.168.0.1.
  2. Log in with the Admin username and password. You can find the default information on the modem sticker. If you used a custom username and passphrase, log in with those.
  3. Under “Wireless Setup,” choose “2.4 GHz” (see upper left-hand corner).
  4. Under “Wireless Security,” choose the SSID you want to edit from the drop-down menu.
  5. In the second drop-down menu (“Security Type”), select desired security type (it’ll more than likely involve WPA2).
  6. In the third drop-down menu (“Encryption Type”), select “both.”
  7. Under “Enter security key/passphrase,” choose the default passphrase or enter your own. Custom passphrases must have 8–63 characters. You may use any letter from A–Z, any number from 0–9, and blank spaces.
  8. Hit “Apply.”

How do I cancel CenturyLink internet?

To cancel your CenturyLink internet or home phone service, call 1-800-244-1111 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Expect a CenturyLink representative to try to keep your business by offering alternatives to cancellation. Sometimes those customer-retention deals are pretty decent, so there’s no harm in listening. But if you’re sure you want to cancel, stay strong. No means no.

What modems are compatible with CenturyLink?

At the moment, CenturyLink supports 31 different modems from manufacturers like Actiontec, Adtran, Calix, Cisco, D-Link, Technicolor, Westrell, and ZyXEL. We’ve narrowed down the list with our guide to the best CenturyLink-compatible modems.

If you’d like modem help from a real human, call CenturyLink at 1-877-837-5738 or chat with tech support.

Can I use my own router with CenturyLink?

Yes, you may use your own router with CenturyLink service. If you don’t already have one, and you also need a DSL modem, we recommend some great modem-router combos in our guide to the best CenturyLink-compatible modems.

Does CenturyLink have a data cap?

CenturyLink fiber and DSL internet plans have no data cap.

How do I set up my CenturyLink voicemail?

To set up your CenturyLink voicemail, use the following steps:

  1. If you have your welcome letter, dial the retrieval number.
  2. If you don’t have your welcome letter, you can find it by dialing 1-800-669-7676. Alternatively, press *98 from your home phone to continue setup.
  3. Follow voice prompts.
  4. Create a 4–15 digit password.
  5. Record your name so that callers know they’ve reached the right person.
  6. Choose from two pre-recorded voicemail greetings or record a personalized message.
  7. You’re done. Now sit by your phone and wait to see if anyone loves you.

How much does it cost to install CenturyLink internet?

CenturyLink offers standard installation for $15 and professional installation for $99. The standard installation includes a welcome kit with DIY instructions, cords, and equipment.

How much is CenturyLink unlimited internet?

CenturyLink costs $50 per month for unlimited DSL internet and $30 to $70 per month for unlimited fiber internet. CenturyLink doesn’t have data caps, so every plan has unlimited data.

Methodology

We broke down the fine print for every CenturyLink DSL and fiber internet plan, rating each in areas including value, internet performance, and cost. We also used our annual internet customer satisfaction survey to see how real CenturyLink customers felt about the ISP. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

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