Are you consider Verizon FiOS for your internet, cable and home phone service? Like most things in life, there are several factors to weigh, and when you are paying $100 to $200 a month for communication services, you want to make the right decision. In this article, we will look at some of the pros and cons of Verizion FiOS – helping you to evaluate the services offered.
Pros of FiOS Service
1. The Network – Verizon has invested billions over the last decade in deploying fiber optic lines, meaning your services are delivered over a robust network. Fiber has the ability to carry much more data when compared to either copper or coaxial cable, so you have fewer service interruptions and more bandwidth when needed.
2. Quad play bundle – Because of the fiber optic network, Verizon can deliver all of the services that you would traditionally get from your cable television provider. Cable TV, fast broadband internet, and voice services can be delivered from one provider. In addition, Verizon is the largest wireless provider in the United States, so you can bundle your cell phone service into the package as well.
3. Internet Speeds – Another advantage of the all fiber network is the speeds that can be offered with the FiOS internet product. Verizon is now offering download speeds up to 300 Mbps in most areas. The only provider that can top that is the Google fiber product, which is only in limited parts of Kansas City at this time. This makes FiOS the superior option when compared to competitors like Cablevision.
4. No satellite dish required – Unlike satellite providers like DIRECTV, there is no need to have a satellite installed on the side or top of your house. This also means just about everyone can have access to the service if its in your area, including those in apartments and condominiums.
Cons of FiOS service
1. High Cost – This holds true with most triple play packages, but with Verizon you will face a high monthly bill if you subscribe to the top internet and cable tiers. Their top FiOS Quantum plan (300 Mbps) currently is more than $200 a month alone! Of course one could argue that internet speeds like this weren’t even available just a year ago. Most FiOS subscribers will be perfectly happy with lower internet tiers which are more affordable.
2. Contracts – While Verizon does not require that you sign a contract as a new customer, the reduced prices make it very tempting. Several promotions are offered to those that sign a two year contract – including a reduced price for two years and a Visa cash back card. But if you can’t keep service for the full term of the agreement you will have a hefty early termination fee.
3. Battery Backup for Landline – This may not be a big deal for many, but because your FiOS home phone line isn’t on a traditional copper phone network it requires a battery backup – unlike old school phone lines that kept on working even through an outage. This will keep the home phone running through the FiOS system for about eight hours max. Probably enough time for the power company to get things working again, but it could be a problem if there is an extended outage. Note that the battery backup will only keep your phone line going, not your FiOS internet or cable TV service!
Remember with a triple play package you will be spending around $2,000 a year in most cases. With that kind of annual expense, it makes sense to weigh the pros and cons with any provider before spending your hard earned dollar.