Good fiber plan: should you fall for the Freebox mini 4K from Free or the RED Box from SFR?

Are you eligible for fiber? So know that Free and RED currently offer very engaging internet box offers. Xavier Niel’s operator still displays his Freebox mini 4K at 14.99 euros for 12 months then 34.99 euros. At SFR, its box at 25 euros is sold again with Debit Plus options, unlimited calls to mobile and one month’s subscription offered. In addition, know that the RED box is without commitment while that of Free implies a one year commitment.

Note also that the RED by SFR offer is valid until February 2.

Duration of promotions

RED’s internet package is marketed as “a no-obligation offer that doesn’t double after one year”. This means that the price of his fiber box will be the same until the contract is terminated by the subscriber. On the other hand, the price of the Freebox mini 4K changes after one year of subscription since it goes from 14.99 euros to 34.99 euros.

RED advantage by SFR

Who has the best speeds?

With an ethernet cable, the (theoretical) speeds offered by our two challengers are similar. As the Debit Plus option is still offered this week, the RED by SFR fiber box can achieve theoretical downstream speed up to 1 Gb / s and up to 500 Mb / s. If the theoretical downstream bitrate of the Freebox mini 4K from Free can also reach 1 Gb / s, the theoretical maximum flow rate is higher with 600 Mb / s. Draw on this point, the speeds in practice will be more than sufficient to feed both 4K TV decoders, the multiplayer sessions of your offspring gamer or the simultaneous download of large files.

Without the cable, in Wi-Fi therefore, the bell is also identical. Free’s mini 4K Freebox and SFR’s RED Box are based on 802.11 AC Wi-Fi very fast with a promise of 1.3 Gb / s theoretical. This very solid Wi-Fi speed, and in our opinion decisive in the choice of a fiber box.


On the side of unlimited calls

RED and Free offers are equal also with regard to calls to landlines with unlimited calls to landlines in France and to more than 110 destinations from the mini 4K and the RED Box. RED is however currently taking the advantage with unlimited calls to mobiles.

RED advantage by SFR

What’s on TV?

At RED, there are two options with decoder included at 2 and 4 euros per month who understand 35 and 100 channels. The Free offer is more advantageous since more than 220 channels are accessible at no extra cost with Freebox TV on its mini 4K.

Free Advantage

Who offers the best equipment?

The RED by SFR fiber box has a recent technical sheet with the Wifi AC 5Ghz with 3×3 antennas (1300 Mbps theoretical), 4 Ethernet ports and 1 USB 2.0 port. The decoder (from 2 euros / month) is compatible UHD / 4K and accompanied by an “omnidirectional remote control with integrated AZERTY keyboard”.

The Freebox mini 4K also allows you to take advantage of Wifi AC with the promise of a theoretical flow of 1.3 Gb / s. It also incorporates 4 Ethernet ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Compatible UHD / 4K, the Freebox Player runs on Android TV.


SFR leads Free by a short head

Over two years, the Freebox mini 4K will cost you 599.76 euros. If you subscribe to the RED fiber package at 25 euros with the TV option 100 channels at 4 euros per month, the addition will be 671 euros. In the end, the price difference between the two offers is minimal. It is therefore difficult to separate them, especially since the mini 4K has recently integrated a WiFi AC card allowing it to offer a speed as solid as the SFR box. If you are the type to change your plan once a year, we recommend the one from Free which remains the cheapest over 12 months. “Geek hackers” will also appreciate it for its many optimization possibilities. Conversely, SFR’s proposal seems more attractive to us from a 2-year subscription.

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