Windstream Internet Review

Windstream Internet Review

For the most part, Windstream is primarily in areas where satellite internet tends to be the “only other option”. In this case Windstream’s uncapped data limits and pricing for speed will always be the more attractive option.

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A Little About Windstream

 

Windstream is primarily known as providing DSL internet in more rural areas of the US, and recently began laying fiber optic internet cables in select markets.  Although DSL speeds cannot compete with cable and fiber optic internet speeds, Windstream still tends to be the best choice for internet amongst customers living in rural areas where satellite internet seems to be the only other alternative.

With satellite internet providers having data restrictions, Windstream’s “no data caps” policy makes them a very attractive internet option for cord cutters and heavy internet users.

Windstream also offers home phone but does not offer its own cable TV.  They do however offer a “modern bundle” (using a different company to compensate a lack of service with a discount to do so) with DirecTV that adds an ongoing $10 discount off the monthly Windstream bill.   

 

Windstream Internet Plans

 

Most potential customers will only be offered DSL from Windstream.  The “Kinetic” or fiber optic plans are becoming more and more available as Windstream slowly but surely lays down fiber optic lines in all of its markets.  A helpful website that can answer whether Windstream is available in your area is www.konecteaze.com .  One of their friendly associates can not only go over the plans available at your address, but also assist you on scheduling an install.

Let’s take a look at the plans…

 

Plans

PRICE MONTHLY

INTERNET SPEED

High Speed Internet 25

$2600

25 Mbps

DSL

Kinetic Internet 25

$2600

25 Mbps

FIBER

Kinetic Internet 100

$3600

100 Mbps

FIBER

Kinetic Internet 200

$4100

200 Mbps

FIBER

Kinetic GIG Internet

$5600

1,000 Mbps

FIBER

Kinetic Internet 500

$4600

500 Mbps

FIBER

Some other key notes:

Installation is free but there’s a $50 activation fee that appears on your 1st bill.

Installations can usually happen within a week of ordering.

There’s a $10 leasing charge for their modem/router but you do have the ability to use your own equipment to bypass the monthly charge.

There is no contract so you can cancel service at any time but be sure to return any leased equipment or face a hefty charge for unreturned equipment.

 

Where is Windstream Offered?

 

Windstream service is currently in 18 states.  These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

As mentioned before, most markets will only be offered DSL internet but as time goes, more and more markets will be introduced with fiber optic internet options.

You can see if they service your address by using KonectEaze.

 

The Verdict

 

Despite the fact Windstream’s DSL internet speeds can’t compete with its cable or fiber optic counterparts, they still provide an adequate enough speed to get the job done with your everyday web browsing, schooling, online gaming, and streaming.

And although it has limited availability, their fiber optic internet can compete with any other company when it comes to fast, reliable speeds at affordable rates.

For the most part, Windstream is primarily in areas where satellite internet tends to be the “only other option”.  In this case Windstream’s uncapped data limits and pricing for speed will always be the more attractive option.