Choosing the right broadband providers can be a confusing and time consuming process. To help you make sense of it all we’ve compared AT&T U-verse head to head with Time Warner Cable.
Lucky for your we’ve done the hard part for you! To ensure you are getting the best value for your dollar, and the service you need, take a look at this comparison between service bundles offered by both AT&T U-Verse and Time Warner Cable.
In the first version of this post, we had broken down different bundles and triple plays offered by AT&T U-verse and Time Warner, but because prices, speeds, and plans change often, we’ve reworked this guide to focus on the important differences that make each provider different.
AT&T U-Verse: Digital TV, Broadband, and Home Phone
AT&T’s U-verse is the largest DSL provider in the US but it’s network is actually on VDSL technology. While we could bore you with all the technical details explaining why this is important, here is what you need to know:
AT&T’s digital TV and high speed internet offer the fast speeds and crystal clear picture you’d expect from in today’s hyper connected world because VDSL is about 6.5x faster than traditional DSL.
Additionally because DSL is delivered over existing lines, typically your house won’t have to be rewired to get U-verse service.
Digital TV Service
While the number of TV channels varies between the different bundles and plans, AT&T U-verse offers up to 210 HD channels with whole home DVRs, individual DVRs, and traditional cable boxes.
Additionally, many bundles include reduced prices or several months free of premium movie channels such as HBO and Cinemax, so make sure to read the details of your plan carefully.
Fast Internet Speeds
With today’s super connected world, fast internet is important. With AT&T U-verse you can receive speeds up to 45mbps for as low as $29.95/mo (as of this writing).
With speeds close to 50mbps, all but the most data intensive customers (professional photographers/videographers, programmers, and designers) will be satisfied with these speeds.
With that in mind, if you consume a lot of online video you’ll be covered because AT&T U-verse supports HD streaming from Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube
Home Phone Service
While most consumers are “cutting the cord” and just using their cell phones as their main phone. With that in mind, if you are looking for robust home phone service including caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling, and anonymous call rejection, and calling across all 50 states and many countries, U-verse does offer home phone options similar (if not better) than what your current provider is offering.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 — When it comes to internet and cable TV providers, AT&T U-verse’s implementation of vDSL is incredibly impressive and something to seriously consider.
Time Warner Cable Triple Play Bundle
Which do You Prefer? AT&T Uverse or Time Warner Cable?
Timer Warner Cable is the 3rd largest cable internet and TV provider in the US. Being a cable provider, it means that your internet, TV, and phone connection will all arrive through existing wiring.
Time Warner Cable has multiple tiers of TV plans, but depending on which one you select you can get up to 200 HD channels.
Additionally they offer whole home DVRs and traditional DVRs but make sure to watch their prices as they are typically much higher than industry standard.
Additionally, you can get all the premium channels you can get with other providers with TWC, though they do have specialty channels in select markets such as New York City.
Time Warner Cable offers internet speeds up to 50mbps for as low as $65/mo (as of this writing). While this is fast, it is much slower than other wired providers such as FiOS or even other cable providers.
Home Phone Service
Time Warner Cable phone service offers multiple packages, but many included unlimited calls to anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 — After reviewing and using internet service from more than 10 different providers, Time Warner Cable was one of my worst experiences. While they do have decent speeds and technologies, I often recommend that my friends and family choose a different provider besides Time Warner Cable if they have the option.
You can see the latest Time Warner Cable plans and pricing here.
Time Warner vs AT&T U-verse: Who Wins?
Both of these companies have their share of pros and cons and it really depends on what you’re looking for and what is available in your local service area.
AT&T generally offers better priced plans and bundles, but you’ll want to watch the hidden fees.
Time Warner does offer slighly better Internet speed than the highest tier AT&T plan, but it doesn’t come without expensive DVR boxes and frustrating customer service.
As service offerings vary with each city, we suggest contacting the companies to determine what is available in your local area. Deals and promotions are constantly changing to provide customers more incentive to purchase services and keep competition alive. Keep in mind that while we aim to keep our information as up-to-date as possible, pricing mentioned here is subject to change without notice.