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Cox Internet Plans and Pricing

Cox internet features fast plans and inexpensive pricing. Find out which Cox internet plan is right for you.

Price: $29.99–$99.99*

Internet speed: 25 Mbps–940 Mbps

Best Cox internet packages and pricing

Package
Best for small households
Internet Preferred 150
Best for large households
Gigablast
Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to
$59.99/mo. 150 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo. 940 Mbps 35 Mbps View plan

* For 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. term agrmt.

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Is Cox internet good?

The short answer: it depends. Cox internet plans come through the same coaxial cables as its TV service, which means it’s 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.

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Wide range of packages

Cons

  • 1 TB data cap
  • 12-month contract

Best Cox internet packages and pricing

Package
Best for small households
Internet Preferred 150
Best for large households
Gigablast
Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to
$59.99/mo. 150 Mbps 3 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo. 940 Mbps 35 Mbps View plan

* For 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. term agrmt.

Internet Preferred 150 and Gigablast are the best of Cox’s packages. We’d recommend the first for one or two people with basic internet requirements, and the latter for larger families or roommate surfing and streaming situations. The rest of your household can pitch in the extra $40.

Cox internet plans and pricing

Cox internet-only packages

Price Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to
$29.99/mo.* 25 Mbps 1 Mbps View plan
$39.99/mo.* 50 Mbps 3 Mbps View plan
$50.00/mo.** 25 Mbps 3 Mbps View plan
$59.99/mo.* 150 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$79.99/mo.* 500 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo.* 940 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.

That’s quite the range of cable-internet speeds: 25 Mbps is a decent speed for DSL internet, while 940 Mbps is almost as fast as fiber.

But one fiber feature that cable can’t yet match is up/down parity, meaning that cable’s download and upload speeds aren’t equal, where fiber’s are. If you’re running a home business or uploading your weekly fly-fishing podcast, maybe look around for a fiber internet provider.

Cox StraightUp Internet

The new Cox StraightUp Internet plan offers the straightforwardness we wish all internet plans would. You get the same price for three years, and you pay month-by-month, so you’re free to ditch Cox if the mood ever strikes you.

Normally, Cox charges $12.99 per month for its fancy Panoramic WiFi Gateway—but the StraightUp plan includes a less fancy, refurbished modem router instead.

We don’t love the 25 Mbps download speed on StraightUp Internet, since those speeds will probably cause trouble if you watch Netflix or hold online video calls. But those speeds are fast enough if you’re the only one at home and don’t stream TV regularly.

Cox internet and TV packages

Price* Download speeds up to Channel count Details
$149.99/mo. 150 Mbps 75+ View plan
$189.99/mo. 500 Mbps 75+ View plan
$189.99/mo. 940 Mbps 140+ 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.

Cox Internet Gigablast + Contour TV Preferred offers cranked up download speeds and tons of channels for $189.99 a month. If you have a high-bandwidth household, it might be worth the splurge.

Unfortunately, aside from giving you one convenient bill and live TV, Cox internet and TV bundles don’t deliver much value. We recommend going with a standalone Cox internet plan.

Cox internet deals

For low-income families, Cox offers a special internet deal: Cox Connect2Compete. This deal costs only $9.95 per month, comes with download speeds up to 25 Mbps, and includes free home Wi-Fi.

To qualify for Cox Connect2Compete, you’ll need to be enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Public Housing (HUD).

If this Cox internet deal sounds like the right one for you, you can apply on Cox’s Connect2Compete webpage.

Cox internet Wi-Fi plans

Usually, you have to choose a speedier (and more expensive) Cox home internet plan to get Cox Wi-Fi. (Cox has temporarily opened all of its Wi-Fi hotspots to the public because of COVID-19.) Cox’s Preferred 150, Ultimate, and Gigablast internet plans (and their respective bundles) include free access to 650,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the US, from New York City to San Diego.

You can find Wi-Fi hotspots through the free Cox Contour mobile app for iOS and Android.

Cox Panoramic WiFi

The Panoramic WiFi Gateway is the only Wi-Fi modem Cox offers for rental. You couldn’t buy it even if you wanted to. To keep up with changes in technology, Cox doesn’t want users locked into a device. 

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.

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.

Elite Gamer

Elite Gamer is a new option Cox is offering to Panoramic WiFi users. For $10.99 a month ($6.99 if you have your own modem), this feature is powered with a technology 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.

Final take: Is Cox internet worth it?

While we don’t think Cox’s internet plans in the 25–50 Mbps speed range are worth the money, we do like the 150+ Mbps packages quite a bit. They offer the fastest internet that cable can deliver, and the prices are reasonable for what you’re getting.

Cox internet FAQ

Is Cox internet unlimited?

Like most cable internet providers, Cox imposes a data cap on service—but you’ll likely never hit it. Cox’s monthly 1 TB (terabyte) cap is comparable to streaming over 400 hours of HD movies and TV shows. If you can consume that in a month, you’ve earned an internet break.

If you need to keep track of your data usage, Cox has options. There’s a Data Usage Meter available on the Cox website and the Cox app. Opt-in alerts can let you know if you’re running low on data.

Does Cox throttle internet speed?

No, Cox doesn’t currently throttle internet speed—at least during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Setting aside these unprecedented circumstances, it’s hard to prove that any internet company throttles speeds, let alone Cox. We have our theories, though. . .

Do I have to use the modem supplied by Cox?

Cox internet service is compatible with a long list of modems from outside sources, as long as they’re DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1. Plans below 150 Mbps will work with older DOCSIS 2.0 modems.

Is cable internet the same as satellite internet?

While there’s little noticeable difference between cable TV and satellite TV service, internet is another matter. Cable internet can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps), but satellite internet maxes out at 100 Mbps (average speed: 25 Mbps).

Satellite internet is also more expensive than cable internet and far less reliable—in other words, it’s not a great deal (unless it’s the only internet you can get, especially in remote areas with little infrastructure).

How do I reach Cox internet support?

If you need technical support for your Cox internet service, call +1-800-234-3993 at any time, day or night. Check out our Cox customer service page for more ways to get in touch.

How much data can I use with Cox internet?

All of the Cox internet plans include 1.25 TB (1280 GB) of data per month. Cox offers the option to add more. For $29.99 a month, you can add 500 GB to your base data for another 100 hours of HD streaming.

How much is Cox internet with unlimited data?

Unlimited data will cost you an additional $49.99 a month on top of your Cox internet package. You can work and play online to your heart’s content with the unlimited plan. Say goodbye (and good riddance) to worrying about any overage charges.

Check the Cox deals and promotions to see if there are ways to save a few bucks.

What is the fastest internet speed that Cox offers?

Gigablast is Cox’s fastest internet speed at 940 Mbps, perfect for people working from home or who live with multiple users.

This option has the speed to power several devices at once. and lets you stream 4K movies while downloading several more or play an online game while chatting via video.