Cox doesn’t offer discounts or unique internet plans for veterans. However, you can save a bit of money by following the tips I provide in this guide. Read on to learn more.
I love saving money and want to help you pay less on your bills. So I compiled information from every possible source into this guide on saving money with Verizon services.
We’ll see if veterans can save money on Cox services by covering the following:
- If Cox offers deals for veterans
- Current discounts
- How to get discounts on your bill
- Best plans for veterans
- Best internet and TV bundles
- Internet plan prices
- TV plan prices
Does Cox Offer Discounts for Veterans?
Cox doesn’t offer any internet, TV, or voice deals for veterans.
However, I’ve found some promotions and low-cost plans you could consider. I’ll cover all of this information throughout this guide.
If you’re on the East Coast and are looking for an internet and television service provider that offers discounts, Verizon is the only candidate.
You can also check the current Cox deals to make sure nothing has changed since I wrote this article.
Other Cox Promotions for New and Existing Customers
Existing (and new) Cox customers can get $40 off the 1-gigabit internet plan if they sign up or upgrade before September 26th, 2022.
This price will last you for a year (during your contract). From there, you’ll need to pay $119.99 a month.
You can also follow these avenues to save money if you qualify:
- Free temporary Peacock Premium subscription
- Internet plans for low-income individuals
- Credits to reduce the price of internet plans
I’ll cover these ‘deals’ details throughout the following sections.
Free Peacock Premium Streaming
Every Cox customer (new and current) gets a free Peacock Premium streaming account until January 15, 2023. That’s a $4.99 a month value.
You can access over 60,000 hours of content that includes popular content like :
- WWE: Peacock is an exclusive rights holder to WWE
- Premier League
- Sunday Night Football
- The Office
To claim your deal, create a Peacock account. It’s free.
Log in and search for the page labeled ‘Link Provider.’ It’ll require you to log into your Cox online account and connect it to your Peacock account.
Once you claim your free subscription, you can log into your Peacock account from the website and watch content. Or you can download the Peacock TV app for the Google and Apple app stores.
Low-income Internet Plans
Cox offers 2 low-income internet plans for those receiving benefits from government assistance programs:
|Tier||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Price|
|ConnectAssist||100 Mbps||3.0 Mbps||$30/mo.|
|Connect2Compete||100 Mbps||3.0 Mbps||$9.95/mo.|
Cox low-income internet plans.
Both plans have a 1.25 terabyte (TB) data cap.
If you’re receiving a Veterans Pension, you qualify for this plan.
Cox has a list of programs you can participate in to get on either of these plans. But not anyone can use the Connect2Compete plan.
You must have a K–12 student in your home.
While the plan’s cheaper, it’s not better. ConnectAssist gives you a year of unlimited monthly data for free. That allows you to bypass the data allowance.
With the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) credit, you can get this plan for free. I’ll emphasize this in the following section.
But that’s only a year’s worth of free data. The bandwidth allowance binds you once that time passes.
If you qualify for the ACP credit, there’s no need to go through the extra paperwork of verifying a K–12 student in your home.
Both plans offer the same benefits. A free gateway, security suite, and access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Now let’s cover free internet (on some plans).
Affordable Connectivity Program
The federal government offers Affordable Connectivity Program billing credits to qualifying individuals. A $30 credit for those living outside Tribal Lands and $75 for those residing in these lands.
Requirements are the same as the low-income internet. But you can also get this government freebie if you have income that’s 200% under the Federal Poverty Guideline.
Here’s what happens when you apply for the $30 monthly credit.
|Tier||Year 1 Price (Before ACP)||Year 1 Price (After ACP)||Year 2 Price (Before ACP)||Year 2 Price (After ACP)|
Price for Cox internet services after applying the ACP credit.
To apply for these credits, Cox requires you to verify your eligibility through a website known as ID.me. Then they’ll apply the credit to your account.
If you qualify for their low-income plans, no matter the plan you use, apply for this credit.
How Can I Lower My Cox Bill as a Veteran?
You can lower your Cox internet and television bills by following these tips:
- Get rid of cable TV
- Buy a modem and router
- Negotiate with their customer service
I’ll cover how to achieve each of these tips throughout the following sections.
1: Stop Your Cable TV Plan
Switch to using streaming services instead of using cable TV. Canceling your current Cox TV plan could save you at least $53 a month.
That doesn’t include broadcast TV fees (among other hidden costs).
Many streaming services give you access to tens of thousands of hours’ worth of content for less than $10 a month. Once you’re bored with your current streaming service, quit and go with another one.
And you’ll have this freedom. Because streaming service companies don’t have contracts.
You will need devices to use your streaming service apps on, though. If you don’t already have a TV streaming box, you could get one from Cox for $5 a month.
Choosing this over Cox’s Starter TV plan saves you $48 a month. And you can get thousands of free movies and TV series through apps like Pluto TV or Xumo.
You can connect a laptop and a TV via an HDMI cable. Then you won’t have to buy any devices.
2: Don’t Rent a Gateway
Using your own router, modem, or network gateway will save you at least $13 a month. Or $156 a year.
You’ll need specific modems or gateways to use with Cox, though. You can’t buy a used one. Otherwise, they won’t allow you to activate it.
A network gateway is a combination of a modem and a router.
Keep several factors in mind when researching a new modem. Does it support the internet plan you want? What’s the warranty like?
Cox lists some of this information on its website (including supported modems and gateways). But it doesn’t go in-depth.
We do, though. So you can shave some hours off of your research by reading through the better Cox modem-finding guide we wrote.
You can use whatever one you want. If you’re getting a higher-tier internet plan like Ultimate or Gigablast, you’ll want hardware that can support higher max Wi-Fi speeds. Otherwise, you’ll have slower internet speeds.
For the Ultimate plan, you’d want a router that AT LEAST has 500 Mbps max Wi-Fi speed.
Existing customers will need to contact Cox to activate their new modems. Otherwise, you can visit Cox.com/activate and enter your device’s Media Access Control (MAC) address.
Enter the CMAC instead if your device has this label.
You can find this 12-digit number at the bottom of your device.
3: Give Them a Call
Call 800-234-3993 and request to speak to someone from the Retention department.
This department’s only available Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm. Or Saturday, 9 am–6 pm. These folks are responsible for keeping you hitched with Cox.
So they’ll do everything they can to keep you with their service. In most cases. A complaint surfaced on their forum stating that Retention didn’t care .
That doesn’t mean it hurts to try. Research competing internet and television service providers in your area. Knowing who you’d want to “switch” to may help give you leverage during your call.
Upon reaching a Retention department representative, tell them your Cox will exceed your budget. And you’re considering “competitor’s name.” From there, they’ll recommend other plans and possibly offer hidden promotions.
This isn’t a guaranteed way to save money. In many scenarios, the Retention department may let you free. In that case, try calling back on a different day.
Best Cox Internet Plans for Veterans
Cox doesn’t have specific internet plans for veterans. But I’ve aggregated the following internet plans that would likely best fit veterans’ needs:
- 250 Mbps
- 500 Mbps
I’ll cover each plan’s details and who it’s best for in the following sections.
1: Preferred Internet: Best Overall
The Preferred internet plan gives you 250 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds. It best handles 7 devices simultaneously using the internet.
If you’re not dealing with upstream-heavy tasks. Let’s use Zoom as an example. It requires 3.8 Mbps upload speeds.
2 people in your household could Zoom clients or take part in virtual classrooms without lag.
It costs $59.99 a month for the first year. Then $83.99 a month from thereon.
Your internet speed results will differ based on a million variables. For instance, physical objects or building materials may block your Wi-Fi signal and lower your speed.
Moreover, various online tasks have different requirements. I’ll emphasize further in the “bundles” section.
2: Ultimate Internet: Best for Homes With Intense Users
Ultimate internet gives you 500 Mbps (download) and 10 Mbps upload speeds for $79.99 a month for the first 12 months. Afterward, you’ll pay $99.99 monthly.
It’s best for supporting 9 devices using the internet at once. According to Cox. So don’t consider this number as gospel.
The actual number of devices you can use will vary.
When you have perfect internet (e.g., connecting devices with an Ethernet cable) you could stream 4K resolution on 20 devices.
All internet plans come with a 1.25 terabyte (TB) data cap. It also doesn’t include any perks that differentiate it from its counterparts.
I recommend this plan if you have multiple people (at least 5) watching content in 4K at once. Yet, you want some available bandwidth for downloading files.
The upload speeds aren’t ideal. You could have a single home security camera and a Ring video doorbell. Those 2 devices would demand around 7.0 Mbps of your upstream data.
Cox Bundles for Veterans
You won’t get a discount for bundling your Cox services. But you could weave their services into your home and make them easier to use.
The following are the best Cox service bundles for veterans:
- 100 Mbps internet and 140 channels
- 250 Mbps internet and home security
- 100 Mbps internet, unlimited data, and Wi-Fi
The following sections will cover details on every bundle and best use-cases.
1: Essential Internet + Preferred TV: Best Overall
This bundle gives you 100 Mbps download speeds and 5.0 Mbps upload speeds. You also get 140 cable TV channels. You’ll pay $147.99 a month for this bundle.
This price won’t increase once your contract expires.
100 Mbps internet gives you online speeds to satisfy most online task requirements. Here’s an example of what a family could use with these speeds:
|Task||Req. Download Speed||Req. Upload Speed|
|1 Device Running Zoom||Group calling 1080p: 3.8||Group calling 1080p: 3.8|
|2 Devices Running Spotify||4.0||1|
|5 Devices Running Netflix||25.0 (watching in HD)||NA|
|3 PCs Casually Gaming||9.0||1.5|
|1 Ring Doorbell||2.0||2.0|
Example of internet speed requirements for different services.
The total speed brings you to 43 Mbps downstream bandwidth and 8.3 Mbps upstream.
So you could have at least 11 people using devices simultaneously. In ideal conditions. Because your speeds won’t always match the advertised numbers.
I mentioned that various factors could impact your speed. Some include whether you’re using a modern router, Ethernet cables, and weather conditions.
There’s not much to say about the TV part of this channel. But you’ll need to pay more monthly if you want TV boxes for multiple rooms. Homes with multiple rooms will want to opt for a streaming service.
2: Preferred Internet + Homelife: Best for Home Security
This bundle includes 250 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. Plus, you’ll get Cox’s self-monitoring home security service.
The security plan provides continuous video recording with an HD camera and motion alerts. The latter perk notifies you whenever it detects motion. For instance, if there’s a creepy person at your door peeking through the mail slot.
Don’t cameras require upload speeds to upload your footage? Of course.
They require at least 5.0 Mbps. So that’s half of your upstream bandwidth.
Go with a Ring video doorbell if you need monitoring for your door. It only requires 2.0 Mbps upload speeds .
3: Essential Internet + Unlimited Data + WI-FI: Best for Avoiding the Data Cap
100 Mbps download, and 5.0 Mbps upload speeds without a data cap for $109.98 a month.
This bundle requires a 2-year contract. But the price won’t increase afterward.
You’ll want this bundle if you’re a gamer because of the Elite Gamer perk that comes with the Panoramic WiFi gateway. It reduces latency by routing your internet through different servers throughout the country.
Reducing latency is essential for getting rid of lag.
Why should you get unlimited data?
You can watch less than 400 hours of 4K resolution content with the undesirable 1.25 terabyte (TB) bandwidth Cox enforces. You also can’t do much cloud gaming if that’s something you’re considering in the future.
This add-on is the only way you can bypass the data cap. A bit ridiculous. But it’s your only option.
Cox Residential Internet Plans & Pricing for Veterans
Pricing for Cox’s cable internet plans include:
|Tier||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Price (Year 1)||Price (Year 2)|
|Essential 100||100 Mbps||5.0 Mbps||$49.99/mo.||No contract|
|Preferred 250||250 Mbps||10 Mbps||$59.99/mo.||$83.99/mo.|
|Ultimate 500||500 Mbps||10 Mbps||$79.99/mo.||$99.99/mo.|
|Gigablast||1.0 Gbps||35 Mbps||$79.99/mo.||$119.99/mo.|
|StraightUp Prepaid||100 Mbps||5.0 Mbps||$50/mo.||NA|
Cox residential internet plans and pricing.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about EVERY internet plan:
- Comes with the Cox Security Suite: firewall, malware protection, and more
- Available in 19 states
- 1.25 terabyte (TB) bandwidth cap
- Over 4 million wireless hotspots
The rentable Panoramic WiFi router modem offers some of the best perks I’ve seen among internet service providers. Every 3 years, Cox will upgrade your device.
Thus, it’s a bit harder for me to justify buying your own devices. I say “a bit” because you could still likely pay off modems and routers within a year and a half (or 2).
But a year later, Cox would have given you a free upgrade.
Cox Home TV Plans & Pricing for Veterans
Cox offers the following residential cable television plans:
|Plan||Channels||Price||Price Per Channel|
|Contour TV Starter||75+||$53/mo.||$0.71|
|Contour TV Preferred||140+||$98/mo.||$0.70|
|Contour TV Preferred Plus||170+||$118/mo.||$0.69|
|Contour TV Ultimate||250+||$138/mo.||$0.55|
Cox residential television plans and pricing.
All Contour TV plans include these perks:
- 1 Contour TV box rental for free
- Purchasable add-ons: DVR service, premium channels, and additional TV boxes
- You can get it in 19 states
- 1 Starter DVR service free (1 year duration)
- Contour TV app
The Contour app lets you watch your TV channels at or away from home. You can only watch it on 3 simultaneous devices while traveling. But you can watch it on 5 total devices at home.
You won’t have to rent additional TV boxes with this app. If people in other rooms of your home watch content on the Contour TV box, smartphones, or computers.
Otherwise, Cox’s cable TV doesn’t offer exceptional perks that make them unique.
FAQ: Cox Military Discounts for Veterans
These next sections will cover commonly asked questions about Cox discounts.
Does Cox Offer Student Discounts?
Cox only offers low-income plans for homes that have K–12 student residents. Otherwise, they don’t offer discounts for college students.
Cox is stingy with their internet plans. To save money, you’ll need to watch their deals pages like a hawk. Or negotiate with their customer service team members.
When negotiating with them, you’ll need to research competitors to use as leverage. We’ve saved you time on research by compiling all of their information here.