for a make for great , but the know they need to do a little more to earn your business. That’s where limited-time promotional offers and signup bonuses come into play. Gift cards are always a popular choice, but a free subscription to a premium service or other extras, like free service for a month, are available depending on the .
Below, we share our top picks for the best internet promotions during the month of January. These offers are subject to change and they do change often, so check back regularly to find the top internet promotions.
Who has the best internet offer right now?
Verizon Fios has arguably the best internet promotion running, if you’re interested in gigabit service, that is. New customers can score a $200 gift card, a year’s subscription to two popular streaming services, plus free equipment and 2TB of cloud storage space.
Gig service aside, you’ll find the best gift card promotions from AT&T Fiber and Optimum, as both providers are giving away $200 gift cards. Optimum is also throwing in a free month of service, as is RCN (in select locations) and Windstream.
Top internet promos for January 2022
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How to get it: Order any AT&T Fiber plan online. Order gigabit service to receive the HBO Max offer.
AT&T is known for frequently giving away gift cards, and this January is no exception. All AT&T Fiber plans — that’s AT&T Fiber 300, 500 and 1000 — come with a $200 gift card just for signing up online. The gift card offer is not available with AT&T Internet (a DSL-based service) or AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet.
In addition to the gift card, AT&T Fiber 1000 includes a free subscription to HBO Max. This is no trial subscription, either: HBO Max is included at no extra cost for as long as you have the plan, an ongoing $15 per month value.
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How to get it: Sign up online for FiberOptic Gig Service.
Like with Verizon Fios, Frontier’s gift card offers vary by plan. To get the max gift card amount, $200, you’ll have to sign up for Frontier’s most expensive plan, Gig Service. Even though it’s the most expensive plan, it’s a fairly good deal on its own, with a download speed of up to 940Mbps for $70 per month. On top of that, the gigabit plan comes with an Eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi system included at no extra cost.
If you don’t need gigabit speed, Frontier FiberOptic 500/500 comes with a $100 gift card, but the 50/50 plan does not. Frontier DSL also does not have any incentives or special offers available at this time. The Eero Pro 6 offer is also not available with any Frontier plan other than gig service.
How to get it: Be a new or returning customer who hasn’t had Kinetic service in the last 30 days and keep service for at least six months.
In select areas, Kinetic by Windstream is offering new or returning customers free service for three months. Other locations may only be eligible for a single month, while others still may not qualify for any free service, but all new Kinetic customers can get a $100 instant credit when signing up.
If you can get a free month of service (or three), don’t expect your bill to be zero. Taxes and fees, including the monthly equipment fee of around $10, still apply. Additionally, if you decide to cancel service before the six-month mark, Kinetic may reverse that bill credit.
How to get it: Sign up online for Optimum 300, 500 or gigabit plans.
New customers signing up for Optimum internet 200Mbps, 500Mbps and gig plans will receive a $200 gift card along with a free HBO Max subscription, valued at $15 per month. The gift card is the same across all plans, but the HBO Max offer varies by plan. Optimum 300 comes with HBO Max for three months, while Optimum 500 comes with six months of the streaming service and Optimum Gig includes a full year.
How to get it: Qualifying customers in select areas will receive up to $200 in gift cards and a bill credit for one or two months of service at the standard rate within the first six billing cycles.
RCN is one of the only major internet service providers to incentivize new customers with gift cards and free service, but it’s only available in select areas. New York City customers will get the biggest payout with a $200 gift card and two free months of service. Those in the Philadelphia area can qualify for a $100 gift card and one free month of service, while residents of the Lehigh Valley area will receive one free month of service but no gift card.
If you live in other RCN service areas — Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC — you can still take advantage of RCN service perks such as free installation and unlimited data, but there’s currently no free service offer available.
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How to get it: Sign up for Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection.
Verizon really wants you to sign up for gig service. New customers signing up for Verizon’s fastest Fios plan can get a $200 gift card, free router and Wi-Fi extender rental, 2TB of Verizon Cloud storage (a $15 per month value) plus five bucks off their bill for a year when also enrolling in auto pay. Customers also have the option to forgo the gift card and streaming subscriptions to receive $300 off a Stream TV Soundbar.
Those signing up for the 400Mbps will receive a $100 gift card while the lowest speed, 200Mbps, also comes with the lowest gift card, $50. Regardless of the plan and gift card, all new Verizon Fios internet customers will receive a year’s subscription to AMC Plus and Disney Plus — a total value of $164.
How to get it: Sign up for the Xfinity Gigabit plan for a $200 gift card. Sign up for any standard Xfinity internet plan online to receive a free 4K streaming device.
Upgrading to a faster (and more expensive) plan isn’t always worth the added cost, especially if it’s more speed than you need, but Xfinity encourages you to take a second look at those faster plans with its incentives. Xfinity’s fastest cable internet plan, Gigabit, not only comes with the generous speed of up to 1,200Mbps but also a $200 gift card. Other standalone Xfinity internet plans do not come with a gift card.
If you don’t need gigabit speeds but still want something for signing up with Xfinity, the provider is giving away an exclusive Flex 4K streaming device to all customers who sign up for an Xfinity plan of 50Mbps or higher. The Flex 4K device comes with dozens of preloaded apps like Netflix and Pandora, a voice remote and a subscription to the NBC streaming service Peacock at no extra cost.
Internet promotion FAQs
Is the promo offer worth signing up for a new internet service?
Promotional offers are all well and good, but they shouldn’t be the sole consideration when choosing an internet service or particular plan. The best bang for your buck will often lie in the plan that delivers the speed you need for the lowest price. Anything extra on top of that, such as gift cards or free streaming services, is welcome, but if it entices you into paying a premium for more speed than you need, the signup bonus may not have been worth it.
For example, let’s say you’re shopping for Frontier FiberOptic internet and are interested in the 500Mbps plan, which comes with a $100 gift card. Then you see the gig plan, which is $20 more per month, but comes with a $200 gift card. So after five months, the extra $100 you got with gig service is gone and you’re left paying $20 a month more for a plan that has more speed than you need. In short, always try to go with the best plan for your needs, not necessarily the plan with the highest instant gratification.
What other internet promotions are available?
Other than the promos listed above, there isn’t much worth writing home about. Sure, some providers have lower introductory pricing or free install offers, but that’s so common among ISPs now that they could hardly be considered “promos.”
That’s not to say that other special offers aren’t available, they’re just not as heavily advertised or may not be available to all residential customers. When signing up for a new internet service, ask the internet provider what other special offer they can throw in for you.
Can existing internet customers get promotional offers?
Internet promos are often reserved for new customers or returning customers who have been away for more than a year. That’s not to say a lower price or a deal on upgrading to a faster speed isn’t available, though. Try calling your current ISP and ask what they can do to keep your business. It may get you nothing, but it could get you a lower rate, free equipment or something else that wasn’t advertised online. Hey, you never know, it never hurts to ask.