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Optimum Internet Plans, Pricing, and Bundles

Optimum has a $500 contract buyout, generous entry-level speeds, no contracts, and no data caps—but low customer satisfaction.

Price: Starting at $39.99/mo.

Internet speed: 200–940 Mbps

Customer satisfaction: 3.87/5

Package
Best value
Optimum 300
Best for speed
Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channels
$39.99/mo. Cable 300 35 Mbps N/A View plan
$69.99/mo. Fiber 940 unavailable N/A View plan

Is Optimum internet good?

Yeah, Optimum’s cable and fiber-optic internet is good. If you live in the tristate area—Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester), think about giving them a whirl.

The company has fast internet speeds (from 200–940 Mbps) at reasonable prices with no contracts, data caps, or early termination fees. Some plans qualify for its Price for Life promotion, which means your payment won’t change as long as you have your plan.

Also, if you’re itching to leave your current provider, Optimum will pay $500 toward freeing you from your contractual shackles. And Optimum won’t trap you with its own contract.

Unfortunately, even with all its redeeming qualities, Optimum scored poorly in our 2020 customer satisfaction survey. You might wanna give that a read before signing up for service. But Optimum’s lack of contracts—not to mention that $500 buyout offer—make it a relatively risk-free commitment.

Optimum pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • No data caps
  • $500 contract buyout
  • Cable and fiber plans w/ speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Price for life on some plans

Cons

  • Bundling requirement for phone and TV service
  • Limited availability
  • Low customer satisfaction scores
Package
Best value

Optimum 300
Best for speed

Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channels
$39.99/mo. Cable 300 35 Mbps N/A View plan
$69.99/mo. Fiber 940 unavailable N/A View plan

Data as of 05/26/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.

Optimum’s base cable plan, Optimum 300, is the best value. It offers high speeds for a low price—300 Mbps will handle a ton of HD streaming and gaming. And you’ll have a tough time finding a better value from another provider.

Power users will want the competitively priced Optimum 1 Gig Internet, a fiber-optic connection plan with upload speeds 27x faster than cable. With such high download speeds, symmetrical upload speeds (a fiber-only benefit), and better reliability, this is an incredible value.

Optimum internet plans

Optimum has four standalone internet plans—three cable, one fiber-optic—priced $39.99–$69.99 a month with download speeds from 300–1,000 Mbps.

Optimum internet packages and pricing

Package
Best for value
Optimum 300

Optimum 400

Optimum 1 Gig
Best for speed

Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to
$39.99/mo. Cable 300 Mbps 35 Mbps View plan
$64.99/mo. Cable 400 Mbps 40 Mbps View plan
$69.99/mo. Cable 940 Mbps unavailable View plan
$69.99/mo. Fiber 940 Mbps unavailable View plan

Data as of 05/26/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.

The provider’s base plan, Optimum 300 (300 Mbps), is substantially speedier than other providers’ entry-level plans (those average 10–25 Mbps). It’s also much cheaper at $39.99 per month ($0.13 per megabit). Only Grande Cable ($0.12/megabit) beats that value. RCN ($0.12–$0.16 for 250 Mbps) and Xfinity get close—but only in certain regions.

Optimum 400 costs nearly 39% more—for only a 25% speed increase ($0.16/megabit). Fortunately, Optimum’s fastest plans, Optimum 1 Gig (cable, up to 1,000 Mbps) and 1 Gig Internet (fiber-optic, up to 940 Mbps) both cost $69.99 a month, or $0.07 per megabit.

Since fiber is a faster and more reliable connection with much higher upload speeds, 1 Gig Internet is a solid deal. Only AT&T Fiber’s Internet 1000 ($49.99 a month, 940 Mbps downstream, 880 Mbps upstream), CenturyLink Fiber Internet ($65.00, 940 Mbps both ways) and Windstream’s Tier 1 Kinetic Gig ($59.00, 1,000 Mbps) beat Optimum here.

Optimum has double-play (internet-TV and internet-phone) and triple-play (internet-phone-TV) bundles for $49.99–$129.99 monthly. The cheapest internet-and-TV bundle is Optimum Core TV + Optimum 300 ($74.99 a month for 220+ channels and up to 300 Mbps).

In Optimum’s coverage area, that’s a great deal. We recommend it—unless you live in RCN’s New York coverage area. In that case, we recommend RCN’s Signature TV + 500 Mbps bundle. It has 67% faster speeds and an additional 75 channels than Optimum Core TV + Optimum 300—and it’s $10 cheaper ($64.99 per month).

See the tables below for pricing and check out our Optimum TV Review for more information on the company’s TV service.

Optimum bundles

Optimum internet + TV bundles and pricing

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PackagePrice*Download speeds up toChannel count
Optimum Core TV + Optimum 300$74.99/mo.300 Mbps220+View plan
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 200$79.99/mo.200 Mbps340+View plan
Optimum Core TV + Optimum 400$84.99/mo.400 Mbps220+View plan
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 300$89.99/mo.300 Mbps340+View plan
Optimum Premier TV + Optimum 200$99.99/mo.200 Mbps420+View plan
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400$99.99/mo.400 Mbps340+View plan
Optimum Premier TV + Optimum 300$109.99/mo.300 Mbps420+View plans
Optimum Premier TV + Optimum 400$119.99/mo.400 Mbps420+View plans

Data as of 05/26/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.

Optimum internet + phone bundles and pricing

Price* Download speeds up to Phone plan
$49.99/mo. 300 Mbps Unlimited calls** View plan
$74.99/mo. 400 Mbps Unlimited calls** View plan
$79.99/mo. 940 Mbps Unlimited calls** View plan

Data as of 05/26/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.
**Unlimited calls are to US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands only.

Optimum internet + TV + home phone bundles and pricing

Price Download speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
$74.99/mo. 200 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$84.99/mo. 300 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$89.99/mo. 200 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$94.99/mo. 400 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$99.99/mo. 300 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$109.99/mo. 200 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$109.99/mo. 400 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$119.99/mo. 300 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$129.99/mo. 400 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan

Data as of 05/26/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.
**Unlimited calls are to US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands only.

Optimum internet equipment

Okay—let’s talk toys. What kind of fancy internet boxes or other doodads come with Optimum internet and TV service? Well, Optimum has several devices for rent.

  • Altice Amplify ($15/mo. or $399 to buy): This smart speaker with voice control, Alexa integration, and Devialet audio is a great value at this price—consider buying it outright.
  • Altice Gateway ($10/mo.): Lease Optimum’s modem/router and get in-home Wi-Fi and 24/7 tech support. Or you can use your own Optimum-compatible unit, but forget about in-home Wi-Fi and full-featured tech support from Optimum if you do.
  • Altice One ($20/mo.): This device combines your DVR, receiver, modem, and router into a single unit with an accompanying Bluetooth-enabled, voice-activated remote. Sweet.
  • Altice One Mini ($10/mo., per box): Use one or more Minis with the Altice one for multiroom TV—or use a single Mini as your main machine.

Coming up next: What’s better than toys? Discounts.

Optimum internet deals and promotions

To entice new customers to sign up for Optimum internet packages, the provider offers various deals and promotions. But, unlike most internet service providers, Optimum runs promotions for its current customers too.
New customers

  • When you first visit Optimum’s site, watch for a pop-up deal for $10 off your first month of service when you order online.
  • Some packages and bundles qualify for free installation. Optimum shows you the specific packages during the sign-up process. They’re generally not the base packages.

Current customers

  • Bundle Internet & TV: Get 200 Mbps internet, 220+ channels, SHOWTIME® free for a year, and Cloud DVR Plus for $74.99 a month—and a $100 Amazon gift card.
  • Upgrade your speed now and get Price for Life, where Optimum will lock in your payment for as long as you have your plan.

Regarding the Bundle Internet & TV deal: It might have free SHOWTIME for a year, but Optimum Core TV & Optimum 300 has the same price and channel count with 33% faster internet speed. So choose the Bundle promo if you want free SHOWTIME, but if you’d rather have a speedier connection, go for Core/300.

Optimum cell phone plans and bundles

Are you thinking of switching mobile phone providers? For a limited time, you can add Altice Mobile to your Optimum plan or bundle for $20 a month. The plan includes unlimited data, calls, and texting on Optimum’s 99% nationwide network.

Final take: Is Optimum internet worth it?

Despite Optimum’s poor customer satisfaction scores, we like that it has no contracts (or data caps or early termination fees), Price for Life, and a $500 contract buyout. And don’t forget the generous speeds and low, low price of the Optimum 300 plan.

So if Optimum is available in your area and you’re looking to get away from your current provider—and get a better monthly payment—go for it.

Optimum internet FAQ

How much does Optimum internet cost? 

Optimum’s standalone internet packages cost $39.99–$69.99 per month. The base package, Optimum 300, is an excellent deal for the speed (up to 300 Mbps for $39.99). If you’re looking for bundles, Optimum has a variety of them costing between $49.99 and $129.99 a month.

What are Optimum internet speeds?

Optimum has cable speeds from 200–1,000 Mbps (download) and 35–40 Mbps (upload). It also has a fiber-optic plan with up to 940 Mbps download with equal (or close to equal) upload speeds (we were unable to confirm an exact number at the time of this writing).

Can I watch Optimum live TV on my computer?

You can watch your Optimum live TV channels with the Optimum App for laptop.

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