AT&T has been refocussing on mobile service in recent years, but their DSL and Fiber Internet plans still offer the best speed for value in many areas. They also provide a solid bundling option for DirecTV or U-Verse TV customers, and can beat the price of cord-cutting depending on your viewing needs.

My two cents: if you don’t watch much TV, call and ask for their cheapest Internet-only plan and get the DirecTV NOW separately. If you’re a sports and NFL fan, go for the DirecTV + Internet package. Everyone else that wants full-featured cable should go with U-Verse.

All current TV bundle plans

PlanPriceTV PlanSpeedPhone
U-verse TV & Internet$65.00U-family All Included50/6.0mbps
DIRECTV & Internet$65.00SELECT All Included50/6.0mbps
U-verse TV & Internet$65.00U-family All Included50/50mbps

All current Internet-only “cord cutter” plans

Business Internet 50$50.0050/10mbps
Internet 1000$80.001,000/1,000mbps
Internet 100$60.00100/100mbps
Internet 50$40.0050/50mbps
Buisiness Fiber 50$50.0050/50mbps

How to get AT&T Internet and TV Installed

Installion Checklist

  • Adult must be present during installation window.
  • Have keys ready in case technician needs basement access.
  • Move furniture away from walls in areas where you want TVs installed.
  • Ask Technician to test and verify all equipment works properly before leaving.

There are two options for installing AT&T Internet: professional installation and self-installation.

Professional installation comes with a small fee for most plans and regions. Self-installation is recommended for customers who want to save a few dollars and don’t mind setting up their own router and home network. AT&T provides easy-to-follow instructions in either case.

In the case of technician installation, AT&T usually is able to send someone to turn on your service within a couple days. In my experience, they’re pretty flexible about this and will reschedule at no extra cost if you call 48 hour beforehand.

Self-installation essentially means that they send you a kit in the mail with the equipment and cables needed to hook up to preexisting wiring in your home. Obviously, this option may not be available if your home hasn’t been wired for AT&T before.

Overall, I recommend that Internet-only customers do a self-install. TV customers should go ahead and get a professional installation, since the setup is more complicated and they’ll be able to connect multiple TVs throughout the house in a couple hours. Unless you’re an IT wiz, this will take days to do yourself and is likely to result in technical issues down the road.

How to save on AT&T Bundles

AT&T has more bundled options than other providers, which can be a bit confusing if you’re coming from a cable provider like Spectrum. Their bundle deals are a good deal for long-term customers who watch a wide variety of programming, but less ideal for those who only watch TV every other day, or only watch one or two shows consistently.

If you fall into the latter category, or are interested in “cord cutting” to save money, AT&T has been putting a lot of resources into building up their streaming service, DirecTV NOW. I’ll be writing up a detailed review of this next month once I’ve had a chance to try it out a bit more. So far, I’m pretty impressed, and the mobile viewing options for AT&T mobile customers are hard to argue with. (Unlimited streaming with no data caps.)

More information about DirecTV NOW is available here through their web ordering portal.

AT&T Internet Disclaimers

U-verse TV & Internet -- 1-YR BUNDLE PRICE: Ends 1/20/18. Pricing: $65/mo for U-family All Included + Internet; $85/mo for U200 All Included + Internet; $90/mo for U300 All Included + Internet; $140/mo for U450 All Included + Internet for first 12 mos. only. After 12 mos. or loss of eligibility, then prevailing rate applies (currently $109/mo. for U-family All Included + Internet; $128/mo for U200 All Included + Internet; $144/mo for U300 All Included + Internet; $169/mo for U450 All Included + Internet), unless cancelled or changed prior to end of promo period. Must maintain all qualifying services to receive advertised pricing. Pricing subj to change. Must enroll in autopay w/in 30 days of TV activation to receive bill credit starting in 1-3 bill cycles. First time credit will include all credits earned since meeting offer requirements. No credits in 2nd year for autopay. Includes: U-family All-Included TV Pkg., Internet plans (768k – 50M), HD service, monthly equip fees for 1 HD DVR, a Wi-Fi Gateway, and standard pro installation. Exclusions: Price excludes applicable use tax expense surcharge on retail value of installation, custom installation, equipment upgrades/add-ons (each add ’l receiver $10/mo) & other charges, including Broadcast Fee (up to $5.99/mo), a federal regulatory video cost recovery chrg and city video cost recovery fees. Credit restr’s apply. Pricing, programming, features subj to change at any time without notice.


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    Dave Dayanan says

    Thanks for the article. Views and inputs are helpful indeed.


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