It’s no secret that I love Verizon FiOS, but there is a backstory. A few years ago, when a techie friend encouraged me to switch to Verizon FiOS when he first saw the trucks in my neighborhood.
At the time, I thought all internet service providers were the same, but as he pointed out Verizon FiOS is different because FiOS is short for “Fiber Optics.”
He explained that because Verizon runs a fiber optic connection directly to your house, (instead of old coaxial lines that were designed for TVs of decades past), you not only get faster internet, but better HD TV quality.
This type of connection is known as a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connection and it piqued my interested because FiOS was running incredible offers in order to gain market share from the aging cable companies.
After a bit of deliberation, I finally scheduled an appointment and made the leap, thinking the deals they were offering couldn’t last.
That was almost 4 years ago and I can honestly say it’s the best service I’ve ever had.
Fast forward and FiOS is once again running aggressive promotions to continue to attract new customers.
Below are some of the best deals I’ve seen in years, especially the triple play bundle.
This FiOS Triple Play includes, FiOS Custom HD TV, 25/25mbps internet, and FiOS home phone all for $79.99 a month while locking in this price for 2 years. (with or without contact)
If you decide to get a contract, on this triple play deal, you’ll also be eligible for a $400 giftcard, but if contracts aren’t your thing then this is still a good deal.
This FiOS Triple Play at a glance:
- 25/25mbps Internet allowing your to enjoy all of your online content and videos blazing fast.
- Crystal clear FiOS TV with your choice of 2 channel packs including up to 46 in HD.
- Unlimited local and long distance calling to Canada and Puerto Rico, along with all the home phone features you’d expect at no extra charge.
- $400 Giftcard (w/ 2-year contract)
- All Premium Channels no charge for 1 year (w/ 2-year contract)
Overall, this Triple Play is a great option for families who love watching premium movie channels and still want all of the benefits of a fiber-to-the-home connection. That said if you have lots of devices or lots of heavy internet users in your household, you may want to upgrade your internet connection to a faster plan. (Right now, the best bundle with faster internet is their $119/mo triple play, which includes 50/50 internet and 90+ HD channels.)
If you just want local FiOS TV and fiber optic internet, then this bundle deal is a solid starting point.
It included ultra-fast FiOS 50/50mbps Internet, local TV channels, and your choice of either HBO or Showtime with no long term contract.
The pricing on this one is interesting as it is $50/mo for the first year then $70/mo for the second year, but there is no long term contract.
If you decide to sign a 2 year agreement, you’ll get both HBO and Showtime.
The good part about this deal is that with the 50/50 internet, you’ll easily be able to stream all of your online movies from Netflix, Hulu, or Youtube without waiting for it to buffer and you’ll have HBO or Showtime to watch anywhere.
Overall this entry level plan is ideal for families who don’t watch a lot of TV but are really interested in the premium channels and the benefits of a fiber to the home connection.
Just for reference, this double play deal may be a better bet depending on what you’re looking for.
Why FiOS’s TV is Faster and Clearer
Years ago, people tough Verizon was crazy to invest in building fiber optic networks to consumers homes.
They thought Verizon had gone insane.
The critics said that consumers would never want speeds faster than 100mbps, saying there would be no use for it.
Fast forward to today and now many of the DSL and cable companies are trying to play catch up to the speeds Verizon FiOS able to deliver.
The only problem is, they don’t have the fiber network FiOS has built so instead they’ve spent lots of money on rebranding their services with sexy names like Comcast Xfinity to make customers think they’ve created their own fiber optic network.
While these rebranding efforts may do something for their image, smart customers realize there is a difference between “new and improved packaging” and a real fiber optic connection.
Because in today’s world cable and DSL just can’t compete with the speed and reliability of a direct, fiber to the home (FTTH) connection.
(related: Verizon FiOS vs Comcast Xfinity)
Checklist: Who is FiOS Perfect For?
Over the years I’ve personally recommended FiOS to everyone in my family. (They’ve been expanding in my hometown where some of my family lives.)
Over this time, I’ve come up with a sort of “checklist” to help people decide if they’ll like FiOS.
That said, I recommend FiOS for you if you or anyone in your household fall into any of these categories:
- Avid online gamer — Fiber optics offer lower latency, allowing gamers to beat other players because they have a faster connection.
- Works from home — For people that work from home a solid reliable internet connection is key.
- Watches a lot of Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, or Youtube — Each of these services use a lot of bandwidth and because FiOS doesn’t have a data cap (unlike Comcast) you’ll be able to watch them all you want without paying more for internet every month.
- Avid TV Watchers — People who watch a lot of TV have grown accustom to the “delay” between changing channels. With FiOS, it’s gone.
FiOS’ Biggest Problem: Availability
The biggest problem I’ve encountered in recommending FiOS so widely is that it’s hard to know if the person you’re talking to can get access to it.
While there are some maps that show general availability, like the one below, it’s impossible to know if you can get FiOS unless you use their availability tool on their website.
Bundle Shopping Tips
After looking at the FiOS promotions over the years, here are some tips on getting the best monthly price:
- Always sign up for service via the verizon.com website instead of “resellers” because if you call in to get the deal or use a reseller they’ll often charge you $50 in activation or you can have hard-to-correct errors in your monthly bill.
- Verizon often runs incentives such as giftcards, laptops, or TVs if you sign up for a contract vs going without a contract. This may be a good move if you don’t think you’ll be moving.
- Look for the difference between first month vs later months. Depending on the deal sometimes it may go up.
How to Get These Bundle Deals:
Navigating Verizon’s website can be pretty confusing, so if you want these deals here is the easiest way to get them.
Also for your reference here is the disclaimer for the deals listed above. Make sure to read this if you are trying to get the gift card.
$400 via Verizon Visa Prepaid Card issued by MetaBank®, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Use anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Must have service for 60 days with no past-due balance. Card mailed within 90 days of install date. Other card terms and conditions apply. Offer ends 8/15/15. General: Limited-time online offer for new FiOS TV and Internet res. custs. subscribing to a FiOS Custom TV, FiOS 25/25 Mbps Internet and Verizon Freedom® Essentials or FiOS Digital Voice (FDV) bundle. Promo rate via $40 bill credit for 24 mos.; beg. mo. 25 stand. rates apply. Price guarantee applies to base monthly rate only; excl. optional services & equip. charges. Up to $89.99 installation fee, $49.99 activation fee, $1.99/mo. Broadcast Fee, up to $4.99/mo. Regional Sports Network Fee, up to $9.99/mo. router fee, $0.99/mo. FDV Admin Fee, $11.99/mo. HD STB, & other fees, taxes, equip. charges & terms may apply. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. FiOS avail. in select areas. Actual speeds may vary. Backup battery available for FiOS voice services & E911 (but not data or video). Custom TV Channel Packs require a minimum 30-day billing period. Channel lineup is subject to change and not all channels will be available at all times. Blackout restrictions apply. Customer cannot modify channel lineup within Channel Packs. 2-yr. Contract offer: Premium movie package offer requires subscription to premium movie channels. Discount applied via bill credit for 12 mos.; beg. mo. 13 stand. programming rates apply. Promo excludes certain channels. 2-yr. agr. req’d. Beginning day 15, up to $350 ETF applies. © 2015 Verizon.
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Last Updated: August 16th, 2015