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.

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Price: Starting at $40.00/mo.

Internet speed: 300–5,000 Mbps

Deal: $500 contract buyout when you switch

Package Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Connection type
Optimum 300
Best value (cable)
$40.00/mo. 300 Mbps 20 Mbps Cable View Plan
Fiber Internet 300
Best value (fiber)
$40.00/mo. 300 Mbps 300 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Best for speed (cable)
$80.00/mo. 940 Mbps 35 Mbps Cable View Plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig
Best for speed (fiber)
$80.00/mo. 940 Mbps 940 Mbps Fiber View Plan

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

Update: As of August 1, 2022, Suddenlink is officially part of Optimum. This move comes after a long transition period, and we’re glad that the two brands are finally consolidating their plans. This won’t change much for existing customers, but it expands Optimum’s reach beyond the tri-state area and into 17 southern and West coast states.

Is Optimum internet good?

Optimum’s cable and fiber-optic internet offers fast internet speeds at reasonable prices (starting at $40.00 per month) with no contracts, data caps, or early termination fees.

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Unfortunately, even with all its redeeming qualities, Optimum scored poorly in our 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.

If you live in the tristate area—Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of New York (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester), or the areas of the country previously held by Suddenlink, think about giving Optimum a whirl.

Optimum pros and cons

Pros

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

Cons

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

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. Check out our Optimum deals guide to learn more about Optimum’s best offers.

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.

Optimum internet plans

Optimum has several standalone internet plans—four cable, four fiber-optic—priced $40.00–$180.00 a month with maximum download speeds from 100–5,000 Mbps. Both networks offer plans with the same download speeds, but Optimum’s cable internet plans have slower upload speeds, plus higher pricing than fiber in some areas.

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. This plan comes with up to 1,000 Mbps download speeds at an affordable price.

If you’re in an Optimum fiber area, like some customers in New Jersey, you’ll have upload speeds that match your download speeds. For example, the fiber version of Optimum 300—Fiber Internet 300—comes with 300 Mbps download speeds and 300 Mbps upload speeds. That will really improve the quality of your video calls.

Optimum internet packages and pricing

Package Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Connection type
Optimum 300
Best for value (cable)
$40.00/mo. 300 Mbps 20 Mbps Cable View Plan
Optimum 500 $60.00/mo. 500 Mbps 20 Mbps Cable View Plan
Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Best for speed (cable)
$80.00/mo. 940 Mbps 35 Mbps Cable View Plan
Fiber Internet 300
Best for value (fiber)
$40.00/mo. 300 Mbps 300 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Fiber Internet 500 $60.00/mo. 500 Mbps 500 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig
Best for speed (fiber)
$80.00/mo. 940 Mbps 940 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Fiber Internet 2 Gig $120.00/mo. 2,000 Mbps 2,000 Mbps Fiber View Plan
Fiber Internet 5 Gig $180.00/mo. 5,000 Mbps 5,000 Mbps Fiber View Plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.

Because Optimum plans and prices vary by area, the easiest way to know which ones you have access to is to check Optimum’s website.

We’d recommend Optimum 300 (or Fiber Internet 300) for most folks. It’s still a cheap internet package, but the higher speeds make it a good fit for families and folks who like smart home devices.

If you find Optimum 300’s speeds aren’t fast enough for your needs, go ahead and upgrade to Optimum 500 or Optimum 1 Gig. All of the plans are super affordable—and it’s in particularly fierce competition with Verizon Fios.

Optimum bundles

Since Optimum doesn’t offer standalone TV or phone services, bundling is the only way to snag these services through Optimum.

While Optimum’s bundles are a bit pricey, the prices are comparable to other TV and internet service providers. But some competitors like Xfinity offer discounts when you bundle, so be sure to check out other option in your area.

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

Optimum internet + TV bundles and pricing

Package Price* Download speeds up to Channel count
Optimum 300 and Core TV $115.00/mo. 100 Mbps 220+ View Plan
Optimum 500 and Select TV $155.00/mo. 500 Mbps 340+ View Plan
Optimum 1 Gig and Premier TV $195.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View Plan
Fiber Internet 300 and Core TV $115.00/mo. 100 Mbps 220+ View Plan
Fiber Internet 500 and Select TV $155.00/mo. 500 Mbps 340+ View Plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Premier TV $195.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View Plan

Data effective as of post date. 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

Package Price* Download speeds up to Phone plan
Optimum 300 and Phone $55.00/mo. 300 Mbps Unlimited calls** View Plan
Optimum 1 Gig and Phone $95.00/mo. 940 Mbps Unlimited calls** View Plan
Fiber Internet 300 and Phone $55.00/mo. 300 Mbps Unlimited calls** View Plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Phone $95.00/mo. 940 Mbps Unlimited calls** View Plan

Data effective as of post date. 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

Package Price* Download speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
Optimum 300, Core TV, and Phone $130.00/mo. 300 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View Plan
Optimum 500, Select TV, and Phone $170.00/mo. 500 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View Plan
Optimum 1 Gig, Premier TV, and Phone $210.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View Plan
Fiber Internet 300, Core TV, and Phone $130.00/mo. 300 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View Plan
Fiber Internet 500, Select TV, and Phone $170.00/mo. 500 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View Plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig, Premier TV, and Phone $210.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View Plan

Data effective as of post date. 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.

  • Optimum Gateway 6 ($10/mo.): Lease Optimum’s modem/router with Smart WiFi 6 technology 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.
  • Optimum Extender ($3/mo.): A Wi-Fi extender can help your signal reach farther corners of your home. To help you decide if your home is big enough to warrant an extender, Optimum recommends one extender for every two bedrooms you have in your home.
  • Optimum Amplify ($10/mo. or $399 to buy): This smart speaker with voice control, Alexa integration, and Devialet audio. You can use it to control your TV and play music, but it’s too rich for our blood.

You can learn more about the Optimum Gateway 6 in our Optimum Smart WiFi review. Or if you’d prefer to skip monthly rental fees and bring your own modem, Optimum doesn’t make it easy. Luckily, you’ve got us! See our favorite alternative equipment in our best Optimum-compatible modems article.

Optimum Wi-Fi hotspots

When you’re away from home, you can stay connected to the internet with Optimum’s Wi-Fi hotspots. These hotspots are available only to Optimum internet customers, and you can recognize them by the network names “AlticeWiFi,” “cableWiFi,” or “optimumwifi.”

Use your Optimum ID, password, and Wi-Fi-ready device (phone, tablet, or laptop) to use any of Optimum’s over 2 million free Wi-Fi hotspots, including hotspots at New Jersey Transit stations.

If a nearby Optimum Wi-Fi hotspot is not working, make sure you have the right network selected in your device’s Wi-Fi settings. If you only get a few bars of service, you may need to move closer to the hotspot to improve your connection.

We’re fans of any time internet service providers make Wi-Fi more accessible for their customers, and Optimum’s Wi-Fi hotspots do just that. To learn more about this service, check out our full Optimum Wi-Fi hotspot review.

Optimum vs. the competition

Provider Price Download speeds up to Data cap Editorial rating Details
Optimum $40.00–$180.00/mo. 300–5,000 Mbps No data caps 3.72/5 View Plans
Verizon Fios $39.99–$89.99/mo. 300–940 Mbps No data caps 4.30/5 View Plans

Read Verizon Fios review
Xfinity $29.99–$299.95/mo. 50–2,000 Mbps 1,200 GB–unlimited 3.54/5 View Plans

Read Xfinity review
Spectrum Internet® $49.99–$89.99/mo.** 200–1,000 Mbps No data caps 3.36/5 View Plans

Read Spectrum review
Frontier Fiber $49.99–$149.99/mo. 500–2,000 Mbps No data caps 3.00/5 View Plans

Read Frontier Fiber review

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*With Auto Pay + taxes & equip. Charges
**for 12 mos.

Optimum’s main competitors are Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Spectrum, and Frontier. To see which internet providers offer service in your area, enter your zip code below. We don’t store or share your information—we just run it through our database to find your options.

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Optimum vs. Verizon Fios

We tend to prefer Verizon Fios over Optimum since Verizon Fios uses a more advanced internet network, offers tons of sign-up perks, and has a long-standing reputation for customer service.

But if you’re hunting for a deal, keep an eye out for Optimum’s flash sales. You can get a new internet plan at a steeply discounted rate.

For our full review of how Optimum and Verizon stack up, check out Verizon Fios vs. Optimum Internet.

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Optimum vs. Xfinity

Xfinity’s plans don’t offer the same bang-for-your-buck that Optimum’s plans do. Xfinity will charge you more for slower internet speeds and slap you with data overage fines. Plus, you’ll pay $14 per month for Xfinity’s modem/router combo, instead of $10 per month for Optimum’s.

You don’t need all that price gouging. Optimum is the better deal.

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Optimum vs. Spectrum

While Spectrum offers great value on TV deals, Optimum generally has better internet prices. This isn’t true 100% of the time, though—Spectrum includes its modem on many plans and charges only $5 more per month for Wi-Fi, compared to Optimum’s $10 equipment charge.

So while Optimum has a stronger reputation for internet reliability, don’t write Spectrum off, especially if you want an internet and TV bundle. For the best deal, be sure to compare Optimum and Spectrum’s bundle prices.

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Optimum vs. Frontier Fiber

Unlike Optimum’s other competitors, Frontier Fiber isn’t offering TV plans for new customers right now. Still, you might consider Frontier Fiber if you’re in the market for only internet since its plans come with fast upload speeds.

But be careful. While Frontier historically has a better customer service track record than Optimum, we’ve felt burned by Frontier since its 2020 bankruptcy. Ask your neighbors with Frontier how their service is before you commit yourself.

View Frontier plans

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) and has 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 $40.00–$180.00 per month. The base package, Optimum 300, is an excellent deal for the speed (up to 300 Mbps for $40.00). If you’re looking for bundles, Optimum has a variety of them costing between $70.00 and $310.00 a month.

What are Optimum internet speeds?

Optimum has cable speeds from 300–940 Mbps (download) and 20–940 Mbps (upload). It also has a fiber-optic plan with up to 5,000 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.

What is the cheapest Optimum internet package?

Optimum’s cheapest internet packages are Optimum 300 and Fiber Internet 300, each priced at $40.00 per month. Both packages provide 300 Mbps download speeds, although the fiber option offers much higher upload speeds than its cable counterpart (300 Mbps vs. 20 Mbps).

Unfortunately, you must live in an area with a fiber infrastructure, like some areas of New Jersey, to qualify for the fiber plan.

Is Optimum internet unlimited?

Yes, Optimum internet is unlimited, meaning it does not restrict users with monthly data caps.

How much do you pay for Optimum Wi-Fi?

All current Optimum internet customers have access to Optimum Wi-Fi hotspots, free of charge. Optimum internet plans are usually between $40.00 and $180.00 per month.

Methodology

Our experts spent hours crunching the numbers on Optimum’s internet plans, rating them for bang for your buck, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction. Then we faced off Optimum’s internet plans against the competition to give a clearer picture of which internet provider might be the best for you. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

Disclaimer:

‡Visa® Reward Card: Offer is not available to individuals who have previously participated in an Optimum Visa Reward Card promotion within the past 12 months. Visa Reward Card will be mailed to customers who maintain promotion and remain in good standing with no past due or returned payments throughout first 90 days after account activation. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Limit 1 per customer. Visa Reward Card cannot be used to pay Optimum monthly bill. Card value expires in 12 mos. Visa Reward Card may be used when making purchases from merchants in the U.S. and District of Columbia everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. No ATM access. Terms and Conditions apply to Reward Cards. See Cardholder Agreement for details. Visa Reward Card is issued by MetaBank®, N.A., Member FDIC pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. This optional offer is not a MetaBank product or service nor does MetaBank endorse this offer. Card is distributed and serviced by InComm Financial Services, Inc., which is licensed as a Money Transmitter by the New York State Department of Financial Services.

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