Viasat, HughesNet, and Starlink are Earthlink’s main competitors. But you might remember that Earthlink actually uses Viasat’s service, so we’ll take that off the board for a moment (especially since prices are equitable, and Earthlink’s customer service is superior).
Earthlink satellite internet has better speeds than HughesNet but not better data caps than Starlink. Earthlink plans therefore rank about even with Viasat Internet, which we’d put as the second-best satellite internet provider—unless Starlink isn’t available in your area yet, in which case it’s the best overall.
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In the fixed wireless home internet industry, Earthlink is a David against some major Goliaths of the industry.
Earthlink partnered with UltraMobile to deliver its fixed wireless home internet service. UltraMobile, meanwhile, uses AT&T’s network. Its solid and speedy reputation should give you some confidence in Earthlink’s rented infrastructure, but even AT&T’s cell network can’t quite rival the likes of T-Mobile and Verizon.
T-Mobile and Verizon would beat out Earthlink in a battle to rule over all fixed wireless home internet services. But Earthlink’s customer service would still give these giants an impressive fight, and if we’re comparing Earthlink to one of its other competitors like Ladybug Wireless, it’d definitely be on a more even footing.
So what’s the takeaway? If you have T-Mobile or Verizon LTE home wireless internet services available near you, they could be a better choice than Earthlink. But if you’re picking between Earthlink and another service, feel safe in this fixed wireless fighter’s care.