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Last updated on October 1, 2017

CenturyLink Review

CenturyLink's appeal lies primarily in its speeds, which are much faster than most other DSL internet companies, and should be enough to satisfy heavy internet users.

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The Good

Download Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps

As far as DSL internet goes, CenturyLink is incredibly fast, with some plans offering up to 1,000 Mbps. Although, the majority of people will have top-tier options from 40 to 100 Mbps, which is still more than enough for the average family of users. This should allow you to surf the web, watch videos, and play games online without having to endure long load times. These speeds also make CenturyLink a great option for households where there are several computers, smartphones, or tablets all connected to the internet. Everyone can be online at once and still get the fast internet service that they expect from CenturyLink.

Five-Year Price Lock

CenturyLink has a five-year price lock offer available, which ensures that the monthly price you pay for your DSL internet service does not go up for five whole years. This offer is pretty much unmatched among DSL providers — and among internet providers in general — and could be extremely valuable if you are looking to keep your costs low.

Bundle with TV and Phone

CenturyLink offers several bundling options, including the ability to create your own bundle with just the features that you want. You can choose from any of its DSL internet plans, and add in home phone service, Verizon Wireless service, and even DIRECTV. Bundling these services together can be a great way to save a little money and is ideal for households looking to eventually purchase TV or phone services as well.

The Bad

Activation Fee

Before you are able to get DSL internet service from CenturyLink, you must pay the activation fee, which, though not very expensive, is still more money coming out of your pocket. DSL internet companies by and large do not charge activation fees, so the fact that CenturyLink does is a little surprising. But this shouldn’t be a major problem for most people, especially since you get so much from your CenturyLink internet plan.

The Details

Provider Details

  • Monthly Price: $31.99 - $124.99
  • Service Area: West, Midwest
  • States Available: 37

Additional Fees

  • Early Termination Fee: $100 for 1-Year Term, $200 for 2-Year Term
  • Equipment Lease Fee: Advanced Wireless Networking Modem: $8.00/month
  • Professional Installation Fee: 1 computer or device — $49.95, 2-5 computers or devices — $99.95 *Free self-installation is allowed


256 Kbps

  • Price: $31.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 256 Kbps
  • Upload Rate: 256 Kbps
  • Data Allowance: 150GB

1.5 Mbps

  • Price: $44.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 1.5 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 896 Kbps
  • Data Allowance: 150GB

7 Mbps

  • Price: $54.99/month (12 months), $59.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 7 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 896 Kbps, 5Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 250GB

12 Mbps

  • Price: $64.99/month (12 months), $69.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 12 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 896 Kbps, 5Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 250GB

20 Mbps

  • Price: $74.99/month (12 months), $79.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 20 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 896 Kbps, 5Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 250GB

40 Mbps

  • Price: $114.99/month (12 months), $124.99/month (12 months)
  • Download Rate: 40 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 5 Mbps, 20 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 250GB

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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