for a make for the , but most know they need to do a little more to earn your business. That’s where signup bonuses and limited-time promotional offers come in to play, especially during the holiday shopping season. Gift cards are the hot item right now, but smart home gadgets, a free subscription to a premium service or another extras are available depending on the .
Below, we share our top picks for the best internet promotions during the month of November. And if you’re looking for Black Friday promotions, be sure to check out our list of.
‘Tis the season for gift cards
The shopping season is rapidly approaching and providers from AT&T to Xfinity are offering hundreds of dollars in gift cards that you can put toward your holiday gift-buying budget. Even Verizon Fios, which has historically come with some sort of free device in lieu of a gift card, has joined the mix with a gift card offer of its own. For November, Optimum and Xfinity take the top spot with gift card offers of up to $300, but new customers of AT&T, Frontier, Verizon Fios or WOW can also score a $200 gift card.
In addition to gift cards, free subscriptions to streaming services are also available from select providers, as are a free month of service. Read on for our breakdown of the best internet promotions you can take advantage of this November.
Top internet promos for November 2021
How to get it: Sign up online for Optimum 300, 500 or gigabit plans.
New customers signing up forinternet 200Mbps, 500Mbps and gig plans will receive a $300 gift card along with free HBO Max subscription, valued at $15 per month. The gift card is the same across all plans, but the HBO Max offer varies by plan. Optimum 300 comes with HBO Max for three months while Optimum 500 comes with six months of the service and Optimum Gig includes a full year.
Optimum is also one of the only major providers to offer a gift card and a free month of service. It comes as a credit on your third bill, however, so don’t look for this offer to add any instant savings in time for your holiday shopping.
How to get it: Sign up for the Xfinity Gigabit plan for a $300 gift card. Sign up for any standard Xfinity internet plan online to receive a free 4K streaming device.
Upgrading to a faster (and more expensive) plan isn’t always worth the added cost, especially if it’s, but Xfinity encourages you to take a second look at those faster plans with its incentives. Xfinity’s fastest plan, Gigabit, not only comes with the generous speed of up to 1,200Mbps but also a generous $300 gift card.
If you don’t need gigabit speeds but still want something for signing up with Xfinity, the provider is giving away an exclusive Flex 4K streaming device to all customers who sign up for an Xfinity plan of 50Mbps or higher. The Flex 4K device comes with dozens of preloaded apps like Netlfix and Pandora, a voice remote and a subscription to Peacock streaming service at no extra cost.
How to get it: Sign up for Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection.
Verizon doesn’t really do the gift card thing as its unique promos, not to mention plans and pricing, are typically good enough on their own. Even still, Verizon has joined the club with a gift card offer of its own for each of its Fios plans.
New customers signing up for gig service can score a $200 gift card plus a free router and Wi-Fi extender rental, valued at $20 per month. Those signing up for the 400Mbps will receive a $100 gift card while the lowest speed, 200Mbps, also comes with the lowest gift card, $50.
Regardless of the plan and gift card, all new Verizon Fios internet customers will receive a year’s subscription to AMC Plus and Disney Plus — a total value of $164.
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How to get it: Order any AT&T Fiber plan online by Dec. 1, 2021. Order gigabit service to receive the HBO Max offer.
AT&T is known for frequently giving away gift cards, but for a limited time, the provider is letting customers choose between a $200 gift card or a smart home bundle valued at $350. The bundle, available with any AT&T Fiber plan, includes a Google Nest Hub, Nest Doorbell, two Cync Smart Lights and two Smart Plugs.
In addition to the smart home bundle (or the gift card, if you so choose), AT&T Fiber 1000 also includes a free subscription to HBO Max. This is no trial subscription, either. HBO Max is included at no extra cost for as long as you have the plan, an ongoing $15 per month value.
AT&T Home Internet
How to get it: Qualifying customers in New York City will receive a $200 gift card and a bill credit for two months of service at the standard rate within the first six billing cycles.
RCN is one of the only major internet service providers to incentivize new customers with gift cards and two free months service, but it’s only available in the New York area.
Residents of other RCN service areas — Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania — can still take advantage of RCN service perks such as free installation and unlimited data, but there is currently no free service offer available.
How to get it: Sign up online for FiberOptic Gig Service.
Like with Verizon Fios, Frontier’s gift card offers vary by plan. To get the max reward amount, $200, you’ll have to sign up for Frontier’s most expensive plan, Gig Service. Even though it’s the most expensive plan, it’s a fairly good deal on its own, with a download speed of up to 940Mbps for $70 per month. On top of that, the equipment costs are included in the price.
If you don’t need, Frontier FiberOptic 500/500 comes with a $100 gift card, but the 50/50 plan does not. Frontier DSL also does not have any incentives or special offers available at this time.
Wide Open West
How to get it: Sign up for a 200Mbps plan or higher and keep your service for a minimum of 90 days.
Along with Frontier, WideOpenWest, aka WOW, is offering a $200 gift card, and it’s easier to get than with Frontier. While Frontier requires you to sign up for gigabit service to get the $200, WOW includes it with all plans of 200Mbps and higher (so basically, all plans excluding the lowest-priced one).
WOW internet service also features low pricing, unlimited data and no contract requirements — perks that make the service worth checking out even without the gift card.
How to get it: Be a new or returning customer who hasn’t had Kinetic service in the last 30 days and keep service for at least six months.
In select areas, Kinetic by Windstream is offering three free months of service for new or returning customers who have not had Kinetic service in the past 30 days. That’s a savings of $111 if you choose the cheapest Kinetic plan (which starts at $37 per month), or a value of over $200 if you choose the $67 per month gig plan.
Other locations will only be eligible for one free month of service, which is still a fairly generous deal. Others still may not be eligible for any free service, unfortunately, but all locations can qualify for a $100 instant credit when signing up.
If you can get a free month of service, or three, don’t expect your bill to be zero. Taxes and fees, including the equipment fee (around $10 per month), still apply. Additionally, if you decide to cancel service before the six month mark, Kinetic may reverse those bill credits.
Internet promotion FAQs
Is the promo offer worth signing up for a new internet service?
Promotional offers are nice, but they shouldn’t be the sole consideration when choosing an internet service or particular plan. The best bang for your buck will often lie in the plan that delivers the speed you need for the lowest price. Anything extra on top of that, such as gift cards or free streaming services, is nice, but if it enticed you into paying a premium for more speed than you need, the signup bonus may not have been worth it.
For example, let’s say you’re shopping for Frontier FiberOptic internet and are interested in the 500Mbps plan, which comes with a $100 gift card. Then you see the gig plan, which is $20 more per month, but comes with a $200 gift card. So after five months, the extra $100 you got with gig service is gone and you’re left paying $20 a month more for a plan that has more speed than you need. In short, always try to go with the best plan for your needs, not necessarily the plan with the highest instant gratification.
What other internet promotions are available?
Other than the promos listed above, there isn’t much worth writing home about. Sure, some providers have lower introductory pricing or free install offers, but that’s so common among ISPs now that they could hardly be considered “promos.”
That’s not to say that other special offers aren’t available, they’re just not as heavily advertised or may not be available to all residential customers. When signing up for a new internet service, ask the internet provider what other special offer they can throw in for you.
Can existing internet customers get promotional offers?
Unfortunately, internet promos are often reserved for new customers or returning customers who have been away for more than a year. That’s not to say a lower price or a deal on upgrading to a faster speed isn’t available, though. Tryto keep your business. It may get you nothing, but it could get you a lower rate, free equipment or something else that wasn’t advertised online. Hey, you never know, it never hurts to ask.