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Time Warner Cable Review

Time Warner Cable is a major cable Internet service provider offering a variety of packages for all types of users and some of the fastest Internet speeds around.

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The Good

Extremely fast download speeds

Time Warner Cable offers Internet with download speeds up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. This makes them one of the fastest Internet providers we reviewed, and they're definitely worth considering if speed is your top priority in an Internet provider. However, these speeds are not available in all areas.

Six plans to choose from

With six different cable Internet packages available, Time Warner Cable should appeal to just about everyone, whether you use the Internet occasionally or spend your entire day online. The Lite package only offers a 1 Mbps download speed, but you can get up to 50 Mbps with their Ultimate plan. All these options make it very easy to choose a plan that offers the speeds you need without charging you for extra you won't use.

No credit check required

Time Warner Cable does, by default, run a credit check when you create an account, but if your credit's less than perfect, there's a way to bypass this. If you set up recurring payments when you create your account, Time Warner Cable won't run a credit check. You can set this up over the phone, live chat, or when you create an account online.

Internet access anywhere

When you sign up for some of Time Warner Cable's Internet plans, excluding the Lite and Basic plans, you also get free access to several TWC Wi-Fi hotspots for connecting to the Internet on the go. This is a great bonus that is especially useful for those times when you are away from your home network and require a secure connection to the Internet. It might not be a deciding factor to choose Time Warner over the competition, but it's a nice perk to have.

The Bad

Somewhat expensive plans

Some of Time Warner Cable's more expensive plans are a little pricier than some comparable packages from their competitors. Still, Time Warner Cable offers a wide variety of plans, which means it's a pretty safe bet that they have a plan that could please even the most budget-conscious shopper.

Setup fee

Time Warner Cable charges a setup fee with all of their cable Internet plans. It's not particularly expensive in comparison to what some other companies charge for this fee. But the fact of the matter is that few cable Internet providers charge a setup fee at all. This is a relatively minor complaint, but something you should be aware of as you sign up to avoid any surprises.

The Details

Provider Details

  • Monthly Price: $14.99 - $64.99
  • Service Area: Nationwide
  • States Available: 29

Additional Fees

  • Early Termination Fee: $4.99 - $9.94/month
  • Equipment Lease Fee: Modem: $8.00/month, Modem+WiFi: $13.95/month
  • Installation Fee: Varies by location
  • One-Time Setup Fee: $14.95
  • Other Fees: None

Pricing

Everyday Low Price

  • Price: $14.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 2-3 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 1Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Basic

  • Price: $29.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 6 - 10Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 1Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Standard

  • Price: $34.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 15Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 1Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Turbo

  • Price: $44.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 20Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 2Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Extreme

  • Price: $34.99 - $54.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 30 - 50Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 5Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Ultimate

  • Price: $64.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 50Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 5Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Ultimate 100

  • Price: $44.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 100Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 20 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Ultimate 200

  • Price: $54.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 200Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 20Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

Ultimate 300

  • Price: $64.99/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 300Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 20 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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