Years ago a friend of mine had Verizon FiOS at his house while I had to settle for Comcast Cable (since none of my apartments setup for FiOS) and I used to love going to his house. The TV quality was amazing and internet speeds were insanely fast compared to what I could get. If I could get FiOS I would drop Comcast in a heartbeat.
Since it’s based on fiber to the home technology FiOS is capable of speeds much faster than Comcast Xfinity (and light years ahead of DSL) and since Verizon is directly competing and trying to take market share away from cable companies (which have been around longer but are using older copper technology), Verizon is currently running these promos for new FiOS signups:
If you want to get TV, Internet, AND phone service Verizon is offering the FiOS Triple Play bundle for $89.99 per month. You can either choose no annual contract and guarantee that rate for 1 year – or you can choose a contract for 2 years which locks in the $89.99/mo. rate for 2 years. Plus if you go the 2 year route, Verizon will throw in a $200 VISA Gift Card & give you a free multi room DVR for 12 months. In year 2, the price will go up by $19.99 per month if you want to keep the DVR or you can return the DVR and have the price still be $89.99 per month in year 2. The speed with this bundle is 15 Mbps for downloads and 5 Mbps for uploads. If you want to upgrade to 50 Mbps download and 25 Mbps uploads, you can upgrade to FiOS Quantum for an extra $10 per month. Either way, the triple play bundle includes FiOS TV Prime which comes with 210+ Channels (55 of them in HD) and FiOS digital voice phone service.
Like I mentioned previously, if you don’t want a contract or don’t want to get the free DVR for a year you can also choose the month to month plan for the same $89.99 per month with the price guaranteed for one year. With this option you’re not in a contract which is nice but you also don’t get a VISA card, price guarantee for a full 2nd year, or the free DVR for 12 months. The regular price of the triple play bundle is $124.99 per month so there is a significant incentive to lock in those lower prices for a full 2 years if you’re planning to stay at your current place for at least that long.
Some other bonuses they are throwing in to sweeten the deal on this bundle promotion is a free wireless router and a waived activation fee (which normally costs $59.99).
If you don’t need a phone line (I use my iPhone exclusively), the price for a Double Play TV + Internet bundle is only $69.99 per month if you want the 15/5 Mbps package – or – $79.99 per month if you want the upgraded Quantum speeds of 50 Mbps downloads & 25 Mbps uploads. With this promo the monthly rate is not much more than what it would cost just for internet service alone, which is why most people opt for the bundle. Verizon is NOT requiring a contract on this one so I’d probably go with the no-contract option. However if you know you’ll be staying in your home for 2 years and you would rather lock in and guarantee this promotional rate for that 2 full years (since who knows what the price will be in the future) then you can choose the 2-year deal.
Once again, do note that the speed of the internet with the $69.99 bundle is 15/5 Mbps so if you want to upgrade to FiOS Quantum speeds, that will be an extra $10 per month ($79.99 per month). Also, note that this deal includes FiOS TV Select HD which comes with 140+ channels (30+ in HD). If you want the FiOS TV Prime package which comes with 210+ channels (55+ of them are HD) like in the triple play deal above, that will be $10 more per month on top of either of the internet plans.
If this is all confusing, just click here to go to the promo page, click on any of the deals, put in your address, and once you verify availability – on the next page scroll down to the part where it says “Build Your Own Bundle” to see exactly what all the deals are. Here’s a screenshot of how it looks:
Here you will be able to customize and play around with the various bundle offers to see what channel and speed combinations will give you the features at the price that suits your needs the best.
If you currently have Comcast or Warner Cable or anything that’s copper-based, then you’ll love the quality and speed of FiOS. The TV & DVR interface is so much cleaner and slicker and TV quality is crystal clear. Since it’s based on fiber optics to your house, the TV signal is not as compressed as it is when going through cable. Also, all the stuff that’s streamed over the internet – Netflix, Hulu, YouTube – will load fast and look great when coming through the fast fiber optic internet line (especially if you get a Quantum package). Another great advantage of FiOS fiber to your home is that if your neighbors are online at the same time, it won’t affect your internet speeds – like it currently does with cable – so no more worrying about using the internet at peak times.
Comcast recently rebranded their Triple Play service and called it Comcast Xfinity. Since they’re based on copper cables (and not fiber optics to the house), their problem is not their branding, but having older systems. While they’ve developed new technology to squeeze out as much as they can out of what they’ve got, they can’t really match the speed of fiber optics to the house (aka FiOS) for the price.
This might be why Comcast has instituted monthly caps (which they have turned off and on for the past year or so).
I remember years ago when I read that Verizon was spending billions to roll out fiber and at the time people thought it was a pretty risky move with wireless technologies advancing, but I think it was a smart move after all since even 4G can’t touch the speed of what a direct fiber optic lines can now give you.
Now Verizon has even rolled out its FiOS Quantum service which is even faster. Comcast Xfinity just won’t be able to keep up unless they keep developing more technology to squeeze out what little they can out of the existing cable lines.
Unfortunately FiOS is not available everywhere. Furthermore, you can’t really look at a map and be certain if FiOS is available to your house, even if Verizon has deployed the service to your city. For instance: while some of my neighbors have it, I can’t get it. My mom, who lives a few miles away, is able to get (as can some of my other friends in the city).
The only way to know if Verizon FiOS is available at your house is to check directly with their website and put in your exact address to see if it’s available and if the Triple Play or Double Play deals mentioned above are being offered in your area (most of the time they are, IF you can get the service)…
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