Our family just moved to a new city. We were lucky in our last place because they had building internet which meant we used whatever they setup for us. However now we are responsible for our own connection it was time to reconnect to the web.
My first question was, which service do I choose? What’s the real difference between cable & Fios?
Which is Better? Comcast Xfinity or Verizon Fios?
When selecting internet service for my family I knew of the two major players, Comcast XFINITY & Verizon Fios. I’ve been seeing tons of ads for Verizon Fios claiming that it was the “fastest internet” but had no idea what that meant. By doing a little research I found that Verizon is now all digital and that Fios is an entirely fiber-optic network.
Fios runs their QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) at 870MHz and most cable companies run their QAM much lower because they have to share it with everything (data, internet, voice, etc.). I will try to keep this simple: Fios has a newer technology and will deliver a cleaner, stronger signal. Your downloads will be faster and when you stream TV shows over the Internet and the quality will generally be better.
My next question was obviously, so what’s the price difference?
I really wanted Fios but also wanted to talk to Comcast too just to see what they were offering. Comcast offered me their Xfinity program for $99 per month for the first year and after that, the price would go up to $129 per month, with a contract :(.
Verizon is running the Triple Play package (internet, home & phone) with it’s introductory rate of $69.99 per month for the first year of service, $89.99 for the second year of service, and I didn’t have to sign a contract – so I’m not obligated to keep them after the first year.
So, obviously I went with Fios. The first thing I suggest is to go check out the current package deals and see if your area offers Fios. We’re really happy with Fios and will continue to use it. Also, if you do sign the 2yr. contract, right now they’re offering a $300 prepaid Visa gift card and free premium channels…this could be worth it for your family if a 2yr. contract makes sense. For us, we could be moving soon because of my husband’s job so we really value the non-contract deal.
Still happy with Verizon Fios one year later
Well our lease is coming to an end later this month, which means we’ve been with Verizon Fios for almost 1 year. So I thought a follow-up might be in order.
To date we have not had any issues with billing, internet speed, or outages. Which is cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned. Our old ISP, Time Warner Cable, not only had considerably slower download and upload speeds, they also had difficult-to-deal-with customer service. When I asked my wife if she’s still happy with Fios, she shared the same sentiment that it’s been reliable and “a thousand times better than Time Warner.” So there you have it.
I should also note that we use our smartphones exclusively now, so we opted for the Double Play (TV + Internet) bundle only. Therefore I can’t comment on the quality of Verizon’s home phone service which comes with Triple Play bundles.