Astound internet plans start at just $25 for 110 Mbps and reach $65 for 1,200 Mbps. If you live alone, 110 Mbps will probably be plenty fast. But it that’s not enough, then Astound’s 400 Mbps plan for around $40 is still a great deal.
While Astound doesn’t require (or enforce) contracts, you won’t see its lowest prices unless you sign on for at least a year and opt for autopay and paperless billing. But after a year, expect large price hikes.
We gave Astound 4.5 out of 5 for value because you won’t see data caps, and nearly all plans are priced at $50 or less—even its 1-gig plans, which go for $65 or more per month from other providers.
Overall, Astound’s prices are better than competitors—at least at first. Unfortunately, large, frequent price hikes are common with this provider, which means you might find yourself looking for a better deal in a year.
Astound Broadband’s promotional offer extends defined, set pricing for the period of 12 months after installation on the bundle of services that constitute your service package including digital TV, high-speed Internet and/or phone. Distinct pricing exists for months 1-12. Any additional services, such as equipment, premium channels and other tiers of service are subject to an additional charge and regular increases. Additional fees apply for taxes, surcharges, equipment, activation and installation that are not included as part of the package and are subject to increases. No contract is required to take advantage of the promotional pricing and savings. No early terminations fees apply in the event service is terminated in advance of the 12-month duration. Customer is responsible for any accrued service charges in the event service is canceled.
Astound scored 3 out of 5 for equipment and installation because many of these costs are a little higher than average. Self installation is free, but you’ll pay a $10 activation fee. Professional installation is about average. However, monthly equipment charges are on the high side, especially if you opt for Wi-Fi gear, which most people want.
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Astound is currently offering a 100 Mbps plan for $25 that comes with a 2-year price lock and free modem rental. And you won’t have to sign a contract to get this deal, which is pretty sweet.
In addition to internet, Astound also offers TV and home phone—both of which you can bundle with internet. In fact, if you want Astound’s phone or TV service, you’ll have to use its internet service.
That makes it hard to know how much of a discount bundling really gives you. You can add basic TV for around $15 to most plans, which is a good deal. Or you can add Signature TV for around $75—which is less good, considering Astound TV has a mediocre channel lineup. Adding phone service can cost up to $15 as well, which isn’t too bad. And if you bundle all three, phone service adds only a dollar to your bill.
To cancel, call Astound customer service. Although you’ll need to sign a one-year contract to get Astound’s best internet plans, a breakup with this ISP feels more like a guilt trip than an ultimatum. There’s no termination fee if you cancel early, and you’ll pay for only the internet you’ve used until your last service day. When you do cancel, just make sure you give Astound back its stuff (AKA any rented gear) within 15 days, or you could see fees for that. The amount varies, depending on the gear you have. In short, Astound is one ex it’s easy to still be friends with.
Astound participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which helps low-income families, people living on tribal lands, schools, libraries, and rural health centers get free or low-cost internet. Astound’s program provides up to a $30 discount on its existing internet plans. With a 110 Mbps plan, you could end up getting free internet.
Learn more about how to get free and low-cost internet.