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Sparklight (Cable ONE) Internet Review

Price: $30–$125

Internet speed: 15–1,000 Mbps

Package
Best for average internet users
Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus
Best for high-speed internet
GigaONE Plus
Price Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Data cap Details
$65/mo. 200 Mbps 20 Mbps 600 GB View plans
$125/mo. 1,000 Mbps 50 Mbps 1,200 GB View plans

Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet at a glance

At first, Sparklight’s no-contract plans and high download speeds make it look like an ideal internet provider. But watch out for its restrictive data caps—those could end up costing you more than you’d expect.

Best Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet packages

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PackagePriceDownload speeds up toUpload speeds up toData cap
Best for average internet users
Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus
$65/mo.200 Mbps20 Mbps600 GBView plans
Best for high-speed internet
GigaONE Plus
$125/mo.1,000 Mbps50 Mbps1,200 GBView plans

Data as of 2/6/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus package is a good choice if you stream TV online. Your home will have enough data to stream full HD shows up to 10 hours a day, plus do other fun things like check social media and play video games.

Keep in mind that if you have a lot of people at home or if you stream 4K movies, you’ll use up 600 GB of data a lot faster than most.

If that sounds like you, you might want to try GigaONE Plus. It comes with twice as much data as Streamer Gamer 200 Plus and download speeds up to four times faster. It’s a great way to avoid running into data caps, but it’s undeniably pricey.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) pros & cons

Pros

  • Download speeds as fast as 1,000 Mbps
  • No annual contracts
  • Unlimited data add-on available

Cons

  • Super small data caps on slower packages
  • A data-cap policy to automatically upgrade your package if you go over too many times
  • A high charge for unlimited data

Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet packages and pricing

Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet packages

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PackagePriceDownload speeds up toUpload speeds up toData cap
Lite 15 Plus$30/mo.15 Mbps1 Mbps100 GBView plans
Starter 100 Plus$55/mo.100 Mbps10 Mbps300 GBView plans
Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus$65/mo.200 Mbps20 Mbps600 GBView plans
Turbo 300 Plus$80/mo.300 Mbps30 Mbps900 GBView plans
GigaONE Plus$125/mo.1,000 Mbps50 Mbps1,200 GBView plans

Data as of 2/6/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Each of Sparklight’s internet plans come with painfully restrictive data caps. Data caps aren’t an unusual practice—many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use them to discourage users from downloading super huge files that will eat up bandwidth and slow download speeds for their neighbors.

The thing is, most ISPs have 1,000 GB data caps. That’s enough data for you to stream 10 hours of TV every day, and then some.

But Sparklight’s Lite 15 Plus comes with only enough data for you to stream an hour of TV every day, with no room left over for Instagram scrolling—or anything else.

So if you use the internet like it’s 2020 and not 1998, you’ll probably run into overage fees. That’s $10 for every 100 GB you go over your data plan, with a price cap of $50 per month.

Go over your data allowance too many times, and Sparklight reserves the right to bump you up to a more expensive plan whenever it sees fit. It’s not nice, and it’s not fair, but it is in the user agreement, so you agree to it (in the most technical sense) when you sign up.

If you don’t want a pricey high-speed plan that comes with more data, you can bow to Sparklight’s data caps by carefully monitoring your internet usage. You can check the numbers on your online customer portal, but that will, ironically, cost data to do. And you’ll definitely need to start depriving yourself of binge-watching Netflix Originals.

Or you can spring for the unlimited data add-on for another $40 per month. It’s a costly solution, but it’s the best one Sparklight offers to avoid a problem it created.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet + TV packages

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PackagePrice for first 6 mos.Ongoing PriceDownload speeds up toChannel count up to
Economy TV & Starter 100 Plus Internet Bundle$79/mo.*$82/mo.100 Mbps20 channelsView plans
Preferred Package with Starter 100 Plus$95/mo.$134/mo.100 Mbps100 channelsView plans
Preferred 2 Pack Bundle with 200 Mbps Plus$105/mo.$144/mo.200 Mbps100 channelsView plans
Preferred 2 Pack Bundle with 300 Mbps Plus$120/mo.$159/mo.300 Mbps100 channelsView plans

*Economy TV & Starter 100 Plus Internet Bundle maintains its $79/mo. price for the first 12 mos.
Data as of 2/6/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

A good way to get around data caps is bundling your internet package with TV. You’ll still have data caps, but you won’t need to stream to watch all your favorite shows. We hope you didn’t plan on cutting the cord any time soon—Sparklight will have you lassoed in its wires like the villain of a Spaghetti Western.

In a less mustache-twirling move, Sparklight will save you a fistful of dollars on your bundled services for the first six months you’re signed up. The Preferred 2 Pack Bundle with 200 Mbps Plus will save you $44 per month for the trial period, compared to what you’d pay for the services separately.

But not all of Sparklight’s bundles will save you money—some might even cost you a few dollars more. To learn about all of Sparklights available bundles, check out our Sparklight bundles review.

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Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet perks, cool stuff, and deals

Sparklight doesn’t have any deals going on right now, but we’ll let you know here if that changes.

Our final take on Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet

If you plan on using the internet, you can’t get away with signing up for Sparklight’s cheapest plan. Go with Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus or a faster plan, or else you’ll probably run into some serious data-cap fines.

If Sparklight hasn’t struck your fancy, check out if there’s a better provider in your area by searching with your ZIP code in the box below:

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Sparklight (Cable ONE) internet FAQ

What kind of internet is Sparklight (Cable ONE)?

Sparklight, previously known as Cable ONE, uses coaxial copper cables to deliver its internet.

What is Sparklight’s (Cable ONE’s) internet speed?

Depending on the package you get, you can get up to 15, 100, 200, 300, or 1,000 Mbps download speeds.

Does Sparklight (Cable ONE) have unlimited internet?

Sparklight doesn’t include unlimited internet data with its packages, but you can add it onto your service for an extra $40 per month.

How much data do you need to stream TV?

Go for a data allowance of 600 GB. Everyone in your household will be able to stream 1080p TV up to a cumulative of 10 hours daily, with data left over for all your other internet activities.

Pay attention to the video quality of the shows you stream—you could be using up to 7.2 GB of data per hour. More exactly, 720p uses 0.9 GB per hour, 1080p uses 1.5 GB an hour, and 4K Ultra HD uses 7.2 GB per hour.

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Rachel has spent the past two years at CableTV.com writing articles that demystify hidden fees, DVRs, sound systems, and more. She makes door-to-door DISH and DIRECTV salespeople uncomfortable with her in-depth questions—but if that’s what it takes to get you the best TV experience, she’s happy to do it. In addition to writing for CableTV.com, Rachel’s work has been featured on Roku.com, TechGuySmartBuy.com, HowtoWatch.com, and SatelliteInternet.com.

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