Verizon and Cablevision compete across the northeast, each promising the best high speed internet service. But who really offers you the fastest speeds at an affordable rate? Several factors play into the overall picture, so each circumstance is going to be different. In this article we will take a look at the speeds and pricing with each provider, and guide you into a smart decision when it comes to selecting your broadband provider.
Optimum Online vs FiOS Internet
When shopping for an internet provider, its a good idea to figure out exactly what you need when it comes to broadband speeds. If you are a single user and mainly surf around the internet and check e-mail then you can easily get by with a low-end package. But if you stream video through Netflix, download HD video online, or have multiple users in the house connecting through a wireless connection you are going to need something robust. This of course means a higher monthly charge as well.
With Optimum online, things are fairly simple. Their standard broadband plan offers download speeds of 15 Mbps, and 2 Mbps upstream. New Optimum Online customers can enjoy this plan for $29.95 a month if they are willing to self install service. The price is good for one year, and then your regular rate will apply. Prices vary a bit depending on the market, but expect to pay $50 to $60 as the normal monthly rate.
While 15 Mbps is good with Optimum, its not going to cut it if one person is downloading video and someone else in the house is trying to watch Youtube video. Optimum Online Boost Plus is an upgrade option for $14.95 a month that will give you up to 50 Mbps downstream and 8 Mbps upstream. This may not be available in all areas, so you will have to contact Cablevision customer service to check it out fully.
A final option advertised on the Optimum website is their Ultra product, now offering downloads up to 101 Mbps. No doubt a response to some of the new FiOS Quantum speeds being offered, this new Optimum Online service doesn’t have a price tag attached, at least publicly. You will have to enter in your information on the Optimum site and have them call you back if you are looking for a price quote and availability.
So there is a rundown of what Optimum Online has to offer, now lets take a look at the FiOS Quantum internet product, and the speeds available.
The entry level internet plan offers 15 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads, so it is comparable to the main Optimum online plan. Pricing on this is currently $74.99 a month without a contract, or $49.99 a month with a two year contract. Obviously Cablevision wins on pricing if you aren’t able or willing to sign a contract, though the second year price with FiOS is better.
The next FiOS Quantum product is the 50Mbps/25Mbps (upload/download) speed. Priced at $84.99 without contract or $59.99 with a two year agreement, here you will more than double the entry level internet speed. While the speeds are great, the pricing does seem a bit out of line, but that is basically because you are given a huge break if you go with a FiOS bundle. Here are the details.
A FiOS double play consisting of the Prime HD package along with the previously mentioned Quantum internet product is just $89.99 a month. This price is locked in for two years with a contract, or available for one year with no contract. Obviously most are going to go with some sort of bundle rather than buying internet as a stand alone product from Verizon, making the price much more affordable.
Two final FiOS internet products round out the offers, a 75/35 and a 150/65 product. These are priced at $94.99 and $134.99 a month respectively, so you are getting into some fairly serious money for your broadband connection. But if you do have the need for these kind of speeds, Verizon is going to be your choice over Optimum online.
So who offers the best internet product? If speed is what you need, FiOS is going to give you more bang for the buck when compared to Optimum online. But if a basic connection is what you want without a bundle or a contract, consider Cablevision first.