Cox Internet Plans and Pricing
We tested and researched Cox internet for nine months. Read on to see if Cox internet plans are worth it.
Is Cox internet good?
Cox internet is generally good for most folks, but it really depends on which competitors are also available in your area.
In a nutshell, Cox cable internet plans are faster than telephone-line DSL internet but slower than fiber-optic internet. Still, some of Cox’s internet plans come close to fiber speed, and most of them can easily handle household needs. And most Cox internet plans are fairly affordable.
So, yes, for the most part, we’d say that Cox internet is good.
- Affordable pricing
- Wide range of packages
- 1.25 TB data cap
- 12-mo. contract
Cox internet deals and promotions
Cox frequently offers free promotions on features and equipment, low-income internet discounts, and bundle discounts. Check out our Cox Deals and Promotions page for the latest deals.
Cox internet-only plans and packages
|Package||Price||Download speeds up to||Upload speeds up to|
|Internet Essential 100||$49.99/mo.*||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||View plan|
|StraightUp Internet||$50.00/mo.**||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||View plan|
|Internet Preferred 250||$59.99/mo.*||250 Mbps||10 Mbps||View plan|
|Internet Ultimate 500||$79.99/mo.*||500 Mbps||10 Mbps||View plan|
|Gigablast||$99.99/mo.*||1,000 Mbps||35 Mbps||View plan|
*For 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. term agrmt.
**Same price for 3 yrs.
Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
If you go with Cox Communications, get a Cox internet-only plan unless you’re fine with paying a pretty penny for a TV and internet bundle (more on that later).
Cox’s starting package, Essential 100, is an ideal internet plan. It costs $49.99 a month (the average price for internet in the US) and comes with 100 Mbps (our recommended internet speed for most folks).
And Cox’s cable internet speeds stay competitive with fiber internet, thanks to its Gigablast plan. With this plan, you’ll get download speeds as fast as 1,000 Mbps. But cable internet can’t match fiber’s fast upload speeds, so your video calls might not be as smooth as they’d be on a fiber internet service.
If you’re running a home business or uploading your weekly fly-fishing podcast, maybe look around for a fiber internet provider. And fiber internet providers like Google Fiber and Verizon Fios offer gig speeds for less cash, for example, so shop around.
Cox internet and TV packages
|Package||Price*||Download speeds up to||Channel count||Details|
|Internet Preferred 250 + Contour TV Preferred||$151.99/mo.||250 Mbps||140+||View plan|
|Internet Ultimate 500 + Contour TV Preferred||$190.99/mo.||500 Mbps||170+||View plan|
|Internet Gigablast + Contour TV Ultimate||$250.99/mo.||1,000 Mbps||250+||View plan|
*For 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. term agrmt. Data effective as post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
TBH, we don’t really recommend Cox TV and internet bundles because of the extremely high cost for most folks. For example, Cox Internet Gigablast + Contour TV Ultimate offers cranked-up download speeds and tons of channels, sure, but it’ll cost you a whopping $250.99 a month.
Unfortunately, aside from giving you one convenient bill and live TV, Cox internet and TV bundles don’t deliver much value. We recommend checking out the Cox internet packages and going with a standalone Cox internet plan. If you want TV, we recommend going with a more affordable live TV streaming option.
Still interested in Cox bundles? We analyze every Cox bundle (we only list the three best here) in our comprehensive review.
Cox internet equipment and features
Bundles and TV service aside, a couple of things that Cox gets right are its internet equipment and features. Smaller internet service providers can’t provide you the tech that Cox does, but it’ll cost you a little extra.
Read on to see what goodies Cox internet has to offer.
All Cox internet plans come with a membership to Cox Hotspots, a network of 3 million Wi-Fi hotspots accessible from any mobile device. These Wi-Fi hotspots are free for Cox customers, but if you’re not one, you can also pay a fee to connect to a hotspot for a limited time. For more information on how to locate and connect to Cox Wi-Fi, check out our Cox Hotspots guide.
Cox Panoramic WiFi
Cox rents the Panoramic WiFi Gateway for $12 a month.
A combination cable modem and 2-port gigabit wired router, the Panoramic WiFi provides fast and reliable speeds across your home.
Download the app to manage your Wi-Fi from your home or mobile device.
You don’t have to rent this modem/router combo if you don’t want to though—you can buy a Cox-compatible modem and router instead.
Buying your own devices will cost you more upfront, but you might save some cash dollars in the long run.
Cox Panoramic WiFi Gateway. Image credit: Cox.com
Cox Contour Stream Player
Cox Contour Stream Player (left side) on our tester’s entertainment console. Photo credit: CableTV.com
Cox also has a TV streaming device called the Cox Contour Stream Player that you can get with its internet plans. The streaming device costs $5 per month and comes preloaded with popular streaming apps like Netflix and Peacock.
Cox currently offers a free Peacock Premium subscription when you rent the Cox Contour Stream Player, add Cox Panoramic WiFi, and sign up for any Cox internet plan.
When you consider that the Cox Contour Stream Player features roughly the same functionality as the Xfinity Flex, which you can get free with an Xfinity internet plan, it’s not really much of a deal, though.
Still, going with the Cox Contour Stream Player and Panoramic WiFi for $47.99–$117.99 per month is a whole helluva lot cheaper than bundling internet and TV through Cox.
Cox prepaid internet service
Yes, Cox does offer prepaid internet. It’s called StraightUp Internet, and you pay for it before you use it. It’s a $50 fee that is paid upfront with no hidden or extra fees. It gives you 1 TB of data each month.
The service also includes prepaid Wi-Fi via a dual-band modem provided by Cox. There is no contract involved, so you decide each month if you want to pay ahead for another month of service. An auto-renewal option is available.
Cox Elite Gamer
Elite Gamer is a new option Cox is offering to Panoramic WiFi users. This feature comes included with Panoramic WiFi Gateway, and it’s designed to help gamers—both individuals and teams—head to victory.
By finding a faster path to the PC game server, it optimizes your gaming connection. Its comprehensive dashboard lets you analyze past performances to ensure future wins.
Cox internet plans for seniors
Cox does not currently offer a senior discount on internet plans. It does offer some low-cost internet options but none specifically tailored for older adults.
Final take: Is Cox internet worth it?
Cox’s Essential 100 package hits the internet sweet spot for price and speed. But if you’re looking at the Gigablast plan for your large family or many internet devices, check to see if you have a cheaper fiber provider in your area—Cox’s 1,000 Mbps plan is a bit overpriced.
To make sure you’re spending only what you want to, make sure to take a peek at our Hidden Cox Fees for Cable and Internet page.
To determine the capabilities of Cox internet plans, we tested different internet plans on devices including TVs, iPhones, Androids, and tablets. In some homes, we tested on multiple products simultaneously to ensure download speeds when numerous users are enjoying the service all at once. We also explored Cox’s internet plans and packages to give you the most up-to-date information about pricing and features. We used data from our annual customer service satisfaction survey to present star ratings to help decision-making. You can learn more about our process on our How We Rank page.