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Verizon FiOS vs Time Warner Cable – Which One is Right For You?

Which do You Prefer? Verizon FiOS or Time Warner Cable

Comparing Internet providers before choosing which one to go with is an important step in the buying process. While Verizon FiOS has a limited availability area, especially in comparison to the Time Warner service area, many consumers want a side-by-side comparisons of what each plan has to offer for the price, to determine the best choice for their needs and budget.

Verizon FiOS

Promotional Offers and Pricing

Verizon FiOS Triple Play Bundle is being offered for (view current offer) plus applicable taxes and fees.  Triple Play bundles are usually available with a two year price lock guarantee, if the customer agrees to sign an agreement. Ordering online and agreeing to a service contract gets you an additional $5/month in savings, along with an activation fee waiver, and wireless router included at no extra charge.

HD Channels

The basic Triple Play Bundle includes 200+ channels with 50+ available in HD. It is possible to upgrade to a more expensive service tier to get more total channels, as well as more HD options. On Demand services are included with all service tiers.

Internet Speeds

The basic Triple Play Bundle includes speeds up to 15/5 Mbps. It is possible to upgrade to a more expensive service tier to get faster speeds.

FiOS Phone Service

The FiOS phone service includes unlimited long distance calling, anywhere in the United States. Calls to Canada and Puerto Rico are not included.

Time Warner Cable

Promotional Offers and Pricing

As of April 2012, the Time Warner Cable Triple Play Bundle is being offered at $89.99 plus applicable taxes and fees for a period of 12 months. It also includes a turbo Internet speed upgrade for the first 6 months of the contract, free installation, and a free HD DVR. When customers order new Triple Play service, they are also eligible to receive $150 cash back.

 HD Channels

The Time Warner Triple Play Bundle includes more than 150 channels, with 28 of them available in HD. The Digital TV service also includes exclusive services such as Start Over (the ability to start a show from the beginning, even if you missed it) and Look Back (the ability to go back 72 hours to see a show you may have missed, even if you did not DVR it.)

 Internet Speeds

The standard Internet speed included with the Triple Play is 10 Mbps/512Kbps. There is mention of a Turbo upgrade for six months, but no clarification as to how much of a speed increase this provides.

Who Wins?

In terms of what the service has to offer, Verizon FiOS offers more for your money. Not only do you get faster Internet speeds, but you get access to more channels, and more on-demand content with your subscription to the service. You’ll even save $5 a month, but you are expected to sign a service contract of two years, as compared to only a year with Time Warner. Time Warner also has a leg up by offering a free DVR with their bundle.

In terms of availability, Time Warner wins, simply because the FiOS network has not expanded to its full potential at this point. As the network continues to grow, Time Warner may have to sweeten the deal to sway consumers to choose them.

However, for people who live in an area where the FiOS service has yet to reach, this offers a comparable plan.

If you need to make a lot of calls to Canada, or Puerto Rico, Time Warner’s plan includes this, whereas the Verizon FiOS plan only covers unlimited national calling.

The services mentioned in this article compare Verizon FiOS vs. Time Warner Cable in NYC, and deals may vary depending on where you live. We encourage you to take a look at the service offerings in your local area to see current promotions available to you. Deals are constantly changing as the companies to compete to win your consumer dollar. While we do our best to keep the information current, pricing is subject to change without notice.

Author: Jessica Sims

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duane August 7, 2008 at 12:15 pm

danny, the 400 VOD titles from Verizon are HD. If you include SD titles there’s supposedly over 10,000.

J. F. Reynolds April 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

For NYC, we’ve already waited years for Fios, now with 40% of Manhattan still uncovered year-end 2008 and 100% NYC due only in 2014. This all tells me that “Ma Whatever” still gives NYC the short end of the stick.

lynn September 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

Verizon wouldn’t repair their existing copper phone/dsl system here in Brooklyn. They will be forcing many here into those three year contracts with Optimum before they ever get around to wiring the Brooklyn with FISO. What great business planners? And Verizon CEO things he deserves his pay?

Bloomberg November 9, 2012 at 4:28 am

It is almost 2013 in a month, and there is still no FIOS in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The lowest rents in this area range from 1500 to 2000 per month, apartment rent *STARTS* from those figures, it is considerably expensive to live in this neighborhood. And what special perks come from that price tag? Answer: NO FIOS YET OF 2013 YET THE WORLD’S ECONOMY SEEMS TO BE AFFECTED IF WALL STREET HAS A PROBLEM. Not to mention Time Warner sucks ass with their customer service in Malaysia or Bangkok wherever southeast Asia. There must be some political problem here.

Adela July 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Does anyone know how Optimum compares to FIOS and Time Warner? I’m unhappy with RCN which I’ve had for many years but the only thing that keeps me from changing is I don’t know which one to get, and also afraid of losing my files in the change process.

Thanking you for any good ideas. :o)

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