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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.
Below you’ll find a list of the current deals Verizon is offering for potential Fios customers.
Plan details change frequently, always verify plan details with the Verizon Fios directly before purchasing service.
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 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.
Both options in the Fios DVR lineup offer smart functionality, including:
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:
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.
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.
Verizon’s website is one of the more approachable ones when it comes to home Internet. The basic process is:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.