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ATT U-verse vs. Time Warner Cable

Which do You Prefer? AT&T Uverse or Time Warner Cable?

Choosing a broadband provider can be a confusing process if you cannot compare the service offerings between two companies in your area side-by-side. 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.

ATT U-Verse: Digital TV, Broadband, and Home Phone

HD Channels

The number of TV channels varies between the two bundle packages. HD service is not included in either bundle, but may be added for an additional $10/month. The cheaper bundle includes up 130 channels and the more expensive bundles includes up to 360 channels, but HD availability depends on the service area. Both bundles include DVR, with the larger bundle including two HD ready receivers, and the option to add premium movie channels—HBO and Cinemax—for free for three months.

Internet Speeds

The Internet speed varies between the two bundle packages. The base triple play includes Pro Internet speed, with download speeds up to 3Mbps. The higher end bundles includes Max Internet speed, with download speeds up to 12Mbps. Upload speeds for either plan are not disclosed.

Phone Service

Both of the bundles include the same telephone service option, which includes 250 minutes for calls made to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Northern Marianas. Additional talk time is charged at 5 cents per minute. The plan also includes voicemail and 20 additional calling features, such as: call waiting, three-way calling, anonymous call rejection, and call forwarding. 

Time Warner Cable Triple Play Bundle

Promotional Offers and Pricing

As of April 2012, customers can order the Time Warner Triple Play Bundle for $89.99/month for 12 months, plus taxes and fees. The bundle includes an optional Internet speed upgrade for the first half of the contract. Customers who order this deal also get free installation and DVR service. The bundle includes a $150 cash back offer.

HD Channels

The Triple Play Bundle includes more than 150 channels, with 28 HD options. Additional exclusive services are offered, including the ability to go back and watch any show 72 hours after it aired, even if you did not record it on your DVR and the ability to start a show from the beginning if you missed it and did not record it.

Internet Speeds

The Internet speed included with the Triple Play is 10 Mbps/512Kbps. We are not sure if this is the “turbo” upgrade for the first six months, or if the increase offers higher speeds.

Phone Service

The Time Warner phone service includes unlimited calls to anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

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 does not offer the better Internet speed unless you opt for the higher price point, and their telephone is severely limited in comparison. However, they offer two different options in terms of pricing and service configuration, with a greater amount of cash back when you sign up for the service.

Time Warner offers better Internet speed than the lower tier AT&T plan, and includes more TV options than the lower tier plan, with additional features compared to AT&T.

While Time Warner offers a better deal on the talk time, AT&T allows for their customers to call more locations at no additional fee, provided they do not go over their minutes.

As service offerings vary with each locale, 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.

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