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Best Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday broadband deals


I understand. You are exhausted after looking for great discounts on the latest phones, best tvs, hottest toys or the glitzy gadget you saw on ICT Tac — the savings are all there and it’s not even black friday Again!

With so many offers vying for your attention, it would be easy to miss the fact that you might also get great offers from internet service providers in your area. These ISPs probably don’t bother you, but they should because the Black Friday season is a good time to strike a deal on home internet service. And hey, how can you expect to enjoy all the great smart home devices you just bought if your internet connection is bad?

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When I spoke with EarthLink CEO Glenn Goad for a deep dive on how to negotiate with your ISP, he conveyed several ideas. The most important? Be ready.

“It’s the perfect time for promotions, offers and incentives,” Goad said, noting how the arrival of new competitors like Stellar Link and the emergence of 5G home internet products from Verizon and T-Mobile have forced ISPs to go big to win customers and scramble to keep existing ones.

“But,” he added, “it’s also a time when you might not have the hand or the time you need to research.”

This is where CNET can help. ISP deals may not be on your radar, but they are on ours. Whether you currently have a data cap that you want to remove or are looking for a plan with a bit more download speed, we can point you to a deal that makes more sense.

A little warning. We say it all the time with our ISP reviews, but it bears repeating: there may be a provider with a seemingly perfect plan for your household, but said ISP is not available at your address. It can be frustrating. But with the expansion of satellite internet service and 5G Home Internet Optionsyour choices can slowly but surely begin to expand.

Here’s our list of broadband deals for Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

Black Friday broadband deals

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  • Promotion start date: Monday, November 14
  • Promotion end date: Sunday, December 4

Astound Broadband, a national cable internet service provider, is offering a Black Friday/Cyber ​​Season offer in which new customers can receive up to three months of free internet service.

Additionally, Astound will also offer regional offerings, including Gig service for $40 per month (Astound/RCN – including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and more), two years of concert service for $50 per month and HBO Max free for one year. (Astound/Grande and Astound/enTouch, which covers cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston and more) and a two-year price lock (Astound/Wave – which includes Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and others).

For details of offers in your area, visit www.astound.com/special-offers/cyber-deals.

Read our Astound Broadband review.

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  • Promotion start date: Sunday, November 13
  • Promotion end date: Thursday, January 5

AT&T has lined up several promotions for the holidays. First, existing postpaid wireless customers who sign up for a 300 Mbps plan or higher can get a $200 reward card.

Second, online customers who purchase an AT&T Fiber plan can qualify for an Amazon Smart Home Accessory Bundle – which includes an Echo Show 8, Blink Outdoor Camera, Blink Video Doorbell, and 2 Amazon Smart Plugs – or a Card reward up to $150.

Third, new customers who sign up for an AT&T Fiber plan at a participating retail store or through a call center can get the first two months of service free through billing credits. (Note: This offer is only valid in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Waco and West Palm Beach.)

Finally, new customers in all other US markets who sign up for AT&T Fiber at a participating retail store or through a call center will be eligible for a Google Holiday Smart Home package valued at $224.

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  • Promotion start date: Wednesday, November 23
  • Promotion end date: Friday, December 2

Satellite internet provider HughesNet will be running a Black Friday promotion with a $100 prepaid card for all new HughesNet residential customers. To be eligible, customers must rent or purchase HughesNet equipment between November 23 and December 2 and remain active for at least 31 days. New subscribers will receive the gift card via rebate submission, which must be received by March 2, 2023.

Read our HughesNet review.

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  • Promotion start date: Monday, November 7
  • Promotion end date: Sunday, December 4

National cable and fiber provider Optimum is offering a special Black Friday offer. New subscribers to its 300 Mbps and 500 Mbps plans will receive $100 Visa prepaid cards. Customers who sign up for the 1 Gig, 2 Gig or 5 Gig tiers will earn $300 Visa gift cards.

Additionally, all new 300 Mbps and above customers will have 12 months of service protection added to their plans and Showtime will be included free for 12 months.

Read our Optimum Home Internet review.

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  • Promotion start date: Thursday, November 17
  • Promotion end date: unknown

T-Mobile’s 5G home internet product already announced a new promotion earlier in November that offers new customers a $100 prepaid debit card if they keep service for at least 60 days. This means you get two months free.

For Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, T-Mobile is adding an offer for new customers. You’ll get $10 back every month when you own or add an eligible T-Mobile voice line. You can also combine this offer with the $100 gift card.

Read our T-Mobile Home Internet review.

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  • Promotion Start Date: Thursday, November 17 (for Verizon Fios), Wednesday, November 23 (for Verizon 5G Home Internet)
  • Promotion end date: Wednesday, January 4

Verizon has several vacation deals for new home internet customers with its Verizon Fios fiber optic internet service and Verizon 5G home internet product. First, new customers — anyone who hasn’t subscribed to Verizon in the past 180 days — will get a 10-year price guarantee.

Additionally, Verizon 5G Home Plus and Fios 1 Gig (or higher) customers receive a $200 Doordash or Grubhub gift card.

Finally, Fios 1 Gig (or higher) customers have the choice of an Amazon Echo Show 10 or a $150 Verizon gift card.

Read our Verizon Fios home internet review.

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  • Promotion start date: Tuesday, November 1
  • Promotion end date: Wednesday, November 30

Satellite internet provider Viasat is offering a $300 Visa prepaid card to new customers who order the 45GB Silver or 65GB Gold plans or any other plan with 150GB or 300GB of high-speed data.

Additionally, customers who purchase select plans will also receive up to $300 off the regular monthly price.

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  • Promotion start date: Monday, November 7
  • Promotion end date: Wednesday, December 7

Cable ISP WideOpenWest offers discounts on different speed levels ranging from $10 to $15 off per month. New customers can also win a Visa Rewards card up to $300.

For specific details on the offerings offered in each market (in the nine states covered by WOW), you can visit wowway.com or contact WOW at 866-376-7003.

Read our WOW Home Internet review.

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  • Promotion start date: Tuesday, November 1
  • Promotion end date: Wednesday, November 30

Ziply Fiber will not be running a traditional Black Friday/Cyber ​​Monday promotion, but instead will donate $5 for each new installation to community toy drives in each of its markets in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Read our Ziply Fiber review.

Black Friday Internet Deals FAQ

Is Black Friday really the best time to get broadband?

It might be. While many sales experts agree that May through October – moving season – is the prime window for finding great sales and incentives on internet service, some ISPs are jumping on the holidays to extend promotions. and special offers beyond their recurring monthly offers.

What Makes a Good Internet Business?

This differs for each household, but a good way to determine the value is to look at the cost per megabit per second. For example, you can upgrade to a 100 Mbps plan for $20 per month and skip the 500 Mbps plan for $40 per month. That’s $20 more per month!

However, when you look at the cost per Mbps, it’s 20 cents per Mbps for the 100 plan and only 8 cents per Mbps for the 500 plan. Suppose you have multiple users in your household and multiple smart devices throughout the house. In this case, you will notice the difference in performance between the 500 Mbps plan and choosing the 100 Mbps option.

Finally, don’t sleep on the value of promotional perks. If a package gives you HBO Max for free, that’s a savings of $15 per month or $180 per year if you were already a subscriber. As more and more of us cut the cable cord and rely on streaming services, it’s great value for money.

Are there any online promotions I should avoid during Black Friday?

We suggest you stay away from services that require you to enter into a term agreement. Signing one means you often have to pay a hefty penalty if you decide to end the service before the contract is up. Fortunately, more and more ISPs are abandoning the idea of ​​long-term contracts. But if a vacation deal requires you to sign a long-term agreement, make sure you have no other options — or that you already know and like the provider — before you sign on the dotted line.

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