Years ago a friend of mine had Verizon FiOS at his house while I had to settle for Comcast Cable (since my apartment was not setup for FiOS) and I used to love going to his house. FiOS TV quality and digital interface was amazing and internet speeds were insanely fast compared to what I could get. If I could have gotten FiOS I would have drop Comcast in a heartbeat, especially with the current FiOS deals being offered now.
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 technology), Verizon is currently running these promo deals for new FiOS signups:
If you want to get SUPER fast internet, TV, AND phone service Verizon is offering the FiOS Triple Play bundle with blazing fast 25 Mbps speeds (same for downloads and uploads) for $89.99 per month guaranteed for 2 years. Verizon is offering the 2 year price guarantee with or without a contract. The difference is if you go with a contract you get a $400 VISA Gift Card as a "signing bonus." In addition to this, if you order online you save an extra $49.99 because Verizon is waving the activation fee for all new online FiOS orders.
The internet speed with this special includes 25 Mbps downloads and 25 Mbps uploads, which almost no other internet provider can offer. For an additional $10/per month you can upgrade to an even faster FiOS Quantum which will give you symmetrical 50/50 Mbps speeds – that’s over 3x the previously offered speed! Whether you go with the contract or not, and whichever speed you get – this triple play bundle includes FiOS TV Prime which comes with 225+ Channels (65 of them in HD) and FiOS digital voice phone service which includes unlimited nationwide calling.
In addition to this deal you also have the option of adding SHOWTIME, HBO and/or Cinemax to this bundle for 50% off during the first 12 months (You’ll see the option of adding that during checkout).
If you want to save money and don’t need a phone line (I mostly just use my iPhone anyway), you can get the FiOS Double Play TV + Internet bundle for only $69.99 per month and that still gives you fast 25/25 Mbps download and upload speeds. For $79.99 per month you can upgrade to more channels (225+ vs. 135+). And for $89.99 per month you can get more channels + Quantum internet speeds of 50 Mbps down & 50 Mbps up. 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 a 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 (you will still be saving over the regular price) then you can choose the 2-year deal.
Note: as of July 2014 Verizon has upgraded all internet speeds for every bundle they offer. Before they did that you would only get 15/5 Mbps but now the basic packages come with 25/25 Mbps symmetrical speeds – that’s super fast! The $69.99/mo. deal which is the lowest for a bundle we’ve seen includes FiOS TV Select HD which comes with 135+ channels (25+ in HD). If you want the FiOS TV Prime package which comes with 225+ channels (65+ of them are HD) like in the triple play deal above, that will be an additional $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 “build a bundle” on the top right, put in your address, and once you verify availability – on the next page you will be able 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 combinations & offers to see what channel and speed combinations will give you the features at the best prices.
If you currently have Comcast or Warner Cable or anything that’s cable-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 – Hulu, YouTube – will load fast and look great when coming through the fast fiber optic internet line (especially if you get the Quantum package) and especially if multiple people are using the internet at the same time. 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 can with cable) – so no more worrying about how many of your neighbors are 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 just having older cable systems instead of fiber optics right to your house. 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 sometimes instituted monthly caps (which they have turned off and on for the past few years).
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 or LTE can’t match the speed and reliability of what a direct fiber optic line can now give you.
Now Verizon has even rolled out its FiOS Quantum service which is even faster – you can get speeds of up to 500 Mbps! Comcast Xfinity or Time Warner are trying to keep up and they’ll have to keep developing more technology to squeeze out what they can out of the existing cable lines – they’re simply relying on older infrastructure.
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 had it, I couldn’t get it. My mom, who lived a few miles away, was able to get it (as could 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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