September 25, 2014 Jessica Sims
AT&T U-verse vs. Time Warner Cable

AT&T U-verse vs. Time Warner Cable

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

Deal Alert:
AT&T U-Verse TV, internet, and home phone deals updated 3 hours ago.

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.

HD Channels

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.

Internet Speeds

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.

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.

3 comments on “AT&T U-verse vs. Time Warner Cable”

  1. todd parris says:

    I just read your your article about Time Warner vs.ATT U Verse and Im about to add something that may or may not shock you.Did you know that ATT U Verse ALLOWS Time Warner Sponsored advertising.For example,I just saw a promo for the Sochi Olympics that metions which is produced by Time Warner.THats Right They share advertising while at the same time Time Warner SLAMS ATT U Verse on their coverage.OH by the way this is not the first example.Does this sort of a very awkward form of collusion.You might want to check this out.I tried to contact ATT about this but their customer service is TERRIBLEand TWCFORGET IT.You might have a better chance investigating these actions.I hope you do.Thank you for letting me sound off.

  2. Bdub says:

    Timer Warner vs. AT&T. To me the difference is business integrity. I had TW for years. Technically no real issues. Switched to AT&T for a better deal. A couple of issues to start…but I like what I get from AT&T. Time Warner on the other hand can be summed up in one word…”CROOKS”. I closed my account…returned their equipment…got receipts and BAM….TW took another $200 Pmt out of my checking account. I called them….they apologized…said they screwed up. Promised the money would be returned in 3 to 5 Days. 3 weeks later nothing. Made another call….which resulted in apologies and ..”it could take up to 8 weeks”. Time Warner is a thief!!!!

  3. SHAUNNA says:

    There are some big differences between the 2 companies. Where Att only offers Fiber in large cites all the others pay the same rate for less. Also they do have data caps and if you have gamers and streamers (youtube, netflix, hulu, ect) and multiple wireless devices and even hard wired devices its not hard to hit there glass ceiling and take on overage charges. With TWC there are no data caps and the phone services in not limit to a selection of mins like ATT does. As someone whos had both as well as other providers over the years every company has fees and charges for this and that. Nothing is free. You will pay for your luxuries.

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