If you are residing in an area where both Comcast Xfinity and AT&T Uverse are available, choosing between the two options can be quite tricky and confusing. Both are among the most popular services for Internet access, TV channels, and phone lines. Comcast Xfinity is usually preferred due to the coaxial connection and decent upload speed. On the other hand, AT&T Uverse is usually preferred because of the various HD channels and solid, high-value bundles. If you are still not sure about which one to choose, continue reading below. Here, we will see the differences and comparisons between Comcast Xfinity and AT&T Uverse.
Comcast Xfinity Overview
Comcast Xfinity provides Internet access, digital TV channels, and phone services through the coaxial cable connection. Even though the technology and infrastructure used by Comcast Xfinity are not new, the recent DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 ensure that the service will provide increased, reliable speeds through the aging resources. For the moment, Comcast is the largest cable television and broadcasting company in the world, the largest Internet service provider and the third largest home telephone service provider in the United States, and the second largest pay-TV company after AT&T. Comcast has been criticized for the awful customer service, but is still the dominating power due to lack of competition.
AT&T Uverse Overview
AT&T Uverse is a triple-play telecommunications service, which includes broadband Internet access, IP telephone, and IPTV. It is a VDSL solution with the “Fiber to the Node” technology, aimed to deliver fast Internet access, home phone, and HDTV. As a matter of fact, VDSL is about 6.5x faster than DSL. Thus, in theory, the consumers of AT&T Uverse can get comparable speeds to those of a cable service, but at a lower price because the cost of the infrastructure is lower. Today, AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the world, as well as the largest fixed telephone service provider and the second largest mobile telephone service provider in the United States.
Before we proceed any further, let’s re-check the availability of these two services. We can’t use a service if it is not available in our place. Comcast Xfinity is indeed available in more states than AT&T Uverse. Comcast Xfinity provides services in at least 35 states across the United States, including the eastern states such as Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York. Comcast Xfinity is also available in most western states such as Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona, excluding Nevada.
On the other hand, AT&T Uverse is currently available only in 21 states. It is not available in the eastern states above North Carolina, whereas the only western states with AT&T Uverse are Nevada and California. Nevertheless, if you are living in Nevada or Oklahoma, AT&T Uverse is your only choice because Comcast Xfinity is not available yet in these two states.
As the general rule of thumb, AT&T Uverse provides better bundles than Comcast Xfinity, especially during the introductory period. AT&T Uverse usually offers bundles with cheaper prices and more features, making these a better value for the money. Comcast Xfinity is relatively pricier.
AT&T Uverse is generally better than Comcast Xfinity in terms of TV service, though the statement is perhaps a little bit too generalized. Of course, different people have different preferences, so you still need to choose based on your personal condition at the end of the day. The thing with AT&T Uverse is that it offers more HD channels than Comcast Xfinity, featuring up to 200 channels in the HD quality. That said, AT&T Uverse does not have the Hallmark channel. If you are a big fan of Hallmark, you should note that Comcast Xfinity comes with the channel.
Well, it is a tie this time. These two services come with more-or-less comparable home phone offerings and packages. Since AT&T is a well-known company of telecommunications services, we are not surprised by the outstanding home phone quality. But Comcast is actually not far behind.
Now this is a tricky part. If you are a heavy Internet user who requires very high download and upload speeds, you will lean more towards Comcast Xfinity. So far, it is the one with the superior download and upload speeds. By using the coaxial cable connection, it ensures faster broadband access with speeds up to 150 Mbps. If you often have to download or upload large files, like videos, or if you play online games that can benefit from lower ping rates, Comcast Xfinity is a decent option.
However, if you are not a heavy Internet user, AT&T Uverse is already more than enough. The download speeds go up to 45 Mbps, which is sufficient for most consumer uses. The difference to Comcast Xfinity is negligible if you only use the Internet access for, say, browsing and opening Facebook. It is also sufficient to stream Netflix in the HD quality and to play most online games. But even the VDSL technology struggles with uploads. Uploading professional videos to YouTube through the VDSL connection can be quite a pain. On the good side, there is now a Fiber service, which offers significantly higher download and upload speeds – but the pricing is higher, too.
|- Available in more states, including most eastern and western states||- Available in just 21 states, including Nevada and Oklahoma|
|- Uses the coaxial cable connection||- Uses the VDSL connection, but there is a new Fiber service, too|
|- Fewer HD channels, but has the Hallmark channel||- Has more HD channels, up to 200 options available|
|- Higher download and upload speeds||- Sufficient download speeds, awful upload speeds|
|- Relatively pricier||- Relatively more affordable|
Don’t forget to check the services’ availability on your place. If they are both available, Comcast Xfinity should be your choice if you need reliable download/upload speeds or if you really want the Hallmark channel. But, if you don’t need very high upload speeds and you prefer to have more HD channels, AT&T Uverse makes a better value for the money.