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Verizon Fios has slowed down their expansion in the last couple years to focus on increasing the quality of service in their existing areas. As of 2018, virtually all their service areas offer Fios deals with the highest “gigabit” speeds. These internet plans offer download and upload rates close to 1,000 Mbps.

This is good news for customers switching to Fios, since they’re heavily promoting the high-speed plans with discounted sign-up offers. If you’re coming from cable or DSL, the upgrade to Fios’ fiber network will be immediately noticeable. This is especially true if you stream 4K video or have several users sharing the connection. The plans featured on this page offer the strongest value in terms of long-term pricing.

Note: Fios is only available in select areas. Use this page to check to see if Verizon Fios is available at your address.

Current Verizon Fios Deals

Below you’ll find a list of the current deals Verizon is offering for potential Fios customers.

DEALS PRICE MONTHLY INTERNET SPEED INCLUDES TV INCLUDES PHONE
Cox Internet Starter 10 $29.99 10 Mbps CABLE No No
Cox Internet Gigablast $99.99 940 Mbps CABLE No No
Cox Internet Preferred 150 $59.99 150 Mbps CABLE No No
Cox Internet Ultimate 500 $79.99 500 Mbps CABLE No No
Bronze Duo $109.99 150 Mbps CABLE Contour TV No
Silver Duo $129.99 500 Mbps CABLE Contour TV No
Gold Duo $149.99 500 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Ultimate No
Platinum Duo $179.99 940 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Ultimate No
Cox Gold Bundle with Voice Premier $149.99 500 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Ultimate Cox Voice Premier
Cox Bronze Bundle with Voice Premier $109.99 150 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Cox Voice Premier
Cox Silver Bundle with Voice Premier $129.99 500 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Cox Voice Premier
Cox Platinum Bundle with Voice Premier $179.99 940 Mbps CABLE Contour TV Ultimate Cox Voice Premier
Cox Internet Essential 50 $39.99 50 Mbps CABLE No No
10 Mbps + TV Starter $54.99 10 Mbps CABLE TV Starter No
10 Mbps + TV Starter + Cox Voice Premier $64.99 10 Mbps CABLE TV Starter Cox Voice Premier

Plan details change frequently, always verify plan details with the Verizon Fios directly before purchasing service.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • No data caps
  • Affordable pricing
  • Gigabit speed range

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Slow network expansion
  • Premium TV pricing

Checklist: Who is Verizon Fios a Good Fit For?

  • Works from home: Solid, reliable Internet is key for home offices and remote workers. If you’ve struggled with latency while video conferencing over cable or DSL connections, you know what I’m talking about. The difference in price between Verizon Fios’ fastest fiber plans and the competition from cable will cost less than your coffee habit, and make a huge difference in how you appear to clients, coworkers, and all the other relationships you maintain through the interwebs.
  • Serious gamers: Cable and DSL can’t compete with fiber when it comes to ping and latency — both of which are key for gaming. The symmetrical upload speeds Fios offers don’t hurt either. (Nothing more painful than paying for a “200Mbps” cable plan and seeing the upload speed clock in at 9Mbps.)
  • TV aficionados:  Once you’ve felt the “snappy” feeling of switching channels on pure fiber, it’s hard to go back. That said, traditional cable companies have some great offerings in the cable TV space, so check your channel options carefully before you buy.
  • Cord cutters: Verizon Fios is currently one of the only providers not rolling out data caps. This is a huge bonus for those of us who use Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and YouTube rather than a traditional cable to access video entertainment. Watch as much as you want with no fear of getting a monster “overage bill” in the mail.

Bundle Shopping Tips

Shopping for Fios — and home broadband in general — can feel a bit like a maze sometimes.

If you find the Fios website confusing, it’s also possible to go over the phone, through a reseller, or in-person at a Verizon location. Whichever option you follow, the factors that matter most will be contract length and service bundles.

What is a bundle? In short, a bundle is when you buy more than one service from a telecom provider to save money. This usually includes internet, TV, and phone service (triple-play) or Internet and TV (double play).

Here are some of Verizon’s best triple play bundles, and some compelling double play bundle options for TV watchers.

While Verizon no longer requires long-term contracts with their plans, keep an eye out for promotional rates. After a certain period of time when the promotion has ended, your monthly rates may increase. It’s best to give Verizon a call to try and negotiate lower monthly rates once the promotional period has ended.

Verizon Fios DVR Options

Verizon offers three primary options for those looking to get DVR functionality: the Basic DVR, Multi-Room DVR -Enhanced, and Multi-Room DVR – Premium. Both Multi-Room models are fairly advanced, but come in at a higher monthly price tag than budget models from cable competitors like Xfinity. The Basic DVR is a good budget option.

The Multi-Room Enhanced DVR option will get you up to 100 hours of HD storage space, allowing you to record up to six shows at once. The Multi-Room Premium DVR, on the other hand, allows for double the storage capacity at 200 hours in HD and double the simultaneous recording at 12 shows. The Enhanced option will run you $20 a month, with the Premium DVR costing $30/month. This is steep compared to XFINITY’s X1 platform, which is the main competitor to Verizon Fios TV.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly DVR from Verizon, the Basic DVR costs $12/month. With this model, you’ll be able to store up to 50 hours of HD content and record up to two shows at once.

Smart Functionality on Verizon Fios DVRs

Both options in the Fios DVR lineup offer smart functionality, including:

  • Built-in Amazon Alexa compatible
  • Multi-room smart live TV controls
  • Stream recordings to supported mobile devices
DVR STORAGE TUNERS LEASE (MAY VARY)
Verizon Fios Enhanced DVR 100 hrs HD 6 ~$20/mo.
Verizon Fios Premium DVR 200 hrs HD 12 ~$30/mo.
Verizon-Fios-BundlesLike pretty much every service provider, Verizon Fios bundle packages can seem like a no-brainer price-wise, but be sure to read the full details before signing up.

How to Compare Different Verizon Fios Deals

Verizon Fios frequently rotates their Internet, TV, and phone deals. This is good for customers, but as always the fine print isn’t perfect. A couple of things to keep your eye out for:

Tip #1: Compare the total price, not the promotional price

Verizon no longer has long-term contracts so you won’t have to worry about being locked in, but it is still important to pay attention to your monthly bill. If you find a good Fios internet deal with a great price, check to see if the rate listed is a “promotional rate.” That rate will only last for a certain amount of time, typically a year, before the rates increase to the normal monthly rate. This will usually be listed in the fine print but if you can’t find it, give Verizon a call.

Also, keep an eye on your bill for increases that you weren’t listed on your plan, and call customer service to argue these down. Some Verizon Fios customers have had success calling after a year and getting an extension on their sign-up rate… so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone.

Tip #2: Know your equipment costs

Like most broadband plans, Verizon Fios will offer to rent you a modem/router gateway unit for around $15/month. Usually this means the Fios Home Router, which has been replacing the older Fios Quantum Gateway long-time customers probably have. Using a Verizon-provided router is a good option, as most other routers aren’t compatible with Verizon Fios service. Unlike most providers, they’ll also offer to sell it to you outright when you sign up, or register a Verizon router you already own. This is obviously a good money-saving move if you plan to use Fios for over a year.

Your last option is using your own router, but one drawback here is that using the router you already have (or a souped-up router like the Nighthawk AC3200) isn’t as simple since the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) wiring Fios uses is a little different from traditional setups. We’d recommend using Verizon’s router instead. We’ll jump into how to work around this issue below.

Navigating the Verizon Fios Sign-up Page

Verizon’s website is one of the more approachable ones when it comes to home Internet. The basic process is:

  1. Check availability at your address
  2. Customize bundle options based on your needs
  3. Choose your equipment option: rent, buy, or use your own
  4. Set a time for your installation

Why Fios’s Broadband and TV Holds the Trump Card

When Verizon first started laying FTTH (Fiber to the Home) networks in 2005, most of the broadband industry thought they were crazy. Laying fiber can cost as much as $80,000 per mile, so Verizon was making a huge bet on consumer needs when they invested in expanding fiber. And to be fair, it’s true that most of the services we use on a daily basis, like YouTube, Facebook, and email, are optimized for speeds you can count on one hand. Who needs 500 Mbps when fifteen will do?

The answer is simple: even if most consumers don’t use all the bandwidth available to them, they will soon. With 5K screens, virtual reality, and connected home technology entering the market, there’s no guessing how many devices will be vying for access to “the pipe” for Internet access.

Verizon’s bet is paying off, as providers like Comcast rush to rebrand their hybrid fiber-coaxial networks to seem more advanced. Most consumers can tell the difference between true fiber and cable, and fiber has the trump card when it comes to speed and reliability.

Do I Really Need Gigabit Internet?

It depends. Fios is best known for their blistering-fast gigabit plans, but the value offered on their second-tier plans actually make them good choices for the average Internet user.

Internet-only plans from Fios in the 200–1000 Mbps range are incredibly practical, offering several times the upload speeds of competing cable plans for an equivalent price.

For a single person or couple that just wants to watch YouTube and Netflix in the evenings and surf the web during the day, this deal offers more than enough bandwidth and speed to provide a good experience.

We’ve included a table with the fastest average speeds to give you a better understanding of what users are seeing. For a full list of speeds, make sure to check out our in-depth review of Verizon Fios.

CITY VERIZON FIOS AVERAGE SPEED VERIZON FIOS TOP 10% SPEEDS
Arlington, Virginia 174 Mbps 525 Mbps
Bronx, New York 130 Mbps 347 Mbps
Brooklyn, New York 135 Mbps 354 Mbps
Buffalo, New York 109 Mbps 296 Mbps
Flushing, New York 113 Mbps 305 Mbps
Jamaica, New York 107 Mbps 293 Mbps
Jersey City, New Jersey 124 Mbps 347 Mbps
New York, New York 202 Mbps 512 Mbps
Newark, New Jersey 124 Mbps 301 Mbps
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 96 Mbps 245 Mbps

Real-world speeds of Verizon Fios service based on IP verified users in various cities. This data is based on 3,073,618 speed tests.

Fios’ Biggest Problems:

Limited Availability

Fios has one big drawback: building pure fiber networks is a slow process. The good news is that most major cities on the east and west coast have access at this point. That said, even in “Fios cities,” availability varies from building to building.

Slow network growth has been such a problem that New York City filed a lawsuit against the company in 2017. In it, they allege that the company failed to keep its promise to connect every home in the city. Verizon, for their part, lay the blame on exclusive agreements between landlords and other ISPs, saying they couldn’t enter buildings to install service if they wanted to.

Luckily, Verizon makes it pretty easy to check if Fios is available at your address.

Limited Router Options

Fios makes “plug and play” simple for the average Internet user. But using an ISP-branded router isn’t so appealing to “power users” who like to soup up their home network as much as possible.

While it’s not advertised on their site (or even listed as an option), using a third-party router with your Verizon Fios plan is possible. It just takes a little extra fiddling to get set up. The setup details will vary slightly based on the hardware you’re trying to set up and age of your ONT (Optical Network Terminal), but here are your basic options.

Method 1: Attach third-party router to Verizon gateway LAN port

The simplest way to use your own router with Fios is to attach it to the Verizon router’s LAN port via ethernet. Most routers will have a wizard that will help you maintain TV/phone connection through the Verizon gateway and disable Wi-Fi on the old router so it won’t interfere with your new, improved network.

Method 2: Switch your Verizon ONT (Optical Network Terminal) to ethernet:

If you’d like to remove Verizon hardware from the picture altogether, you can use the Verizon’s ONT box (probably in your basement) as a modem and run ethernet directly to your router. All you have to do is run an ethernet from the ONT box to your new router, then call Verizon customer care and request a DHCP release/renew. From there you should be able to log into the router’s admin panel and set up as normal. Keep in mind that this option is usually best for Fios’ 50 Mbps up/down deals, since ethernet is likely limited to 100mbps (the standard for “Fast Ethernet” technology).

Conclusion: Verizon Fios is the “Premium Option”

Deciding between Fios and a cable/DSL provider is like deciding between iPhone and Android. You pay a premium for a premium product, but the alternative might actually bring you more value if you prioritize price and customization options over cutting-edge technology.

Whatever you choose, be sure to bring up any competing provider options with your sales rep if you sign up over the phone. Chances are they’ll be willing to cut a deal in order to earn your business.

References and Footnotes

  1. https://gigaom.com/2007/09/02/verizon-fios-100-mbps/
  2. http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Whats-the-First-Step-to-Next-Gen-911.html
  3. https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r30829235-What-do-people-do-with-Gigabit-internet