About Verizon Fios
Created in the year 2000, when Bell Atlantic and GTE merged, Verizon is one of the most well-known names in telecommunications. Its high-speed fiber-optic service is called Fios, offering connection speeds of 200 Mbps to 940 Mbps.
It’s only available in eight states and the District of Columbia, but if you live in a service area, Fios internet deals are among the best in the industry. Perks for new subscribers change periodically, but they often include free equipment or streaming services, as well as Visa gift cards.
Verizon Fios Internet: What you need to know
What sorts of Verizon internet deals can you find on Fios? Here’s a quick reference guide to the basics.
Verizon Fios plans
The 200 Mbps plan is plenty for smaller households with one to three connected devices. You can stream movies and TV shows, and play your favorite online games, with ease. Those who work from home should also note that unlike cable internet, Fios internet plans offer roughly the same speeds for both uploading and downloading. This means that you won’t get stuck trying to upload a large file. As of March 10, 2020, this package includes a $50 Visa gift card and 12 months of Disney+ streaming. Discounts may apply for Verizon Wireless customers.
If you have a larger household or are a binge streamer, the 400 Mbps plan is a nice upgrade. With 400 Mbps uploads as well as downloads, this is also a great choice for households in which more than one person works from home. As of March 10, 2020, this package includes 12 months of Disney+ streaming and a $50 Visa gift card. Verizon Wireless customers may be eligible for a small monthly discount.
The Gigabit Connection plan offers 940 Mbps downloads and 880 Mbps uploads. It’s a great choice for high-end gamers, those with connected smart homes and households interested in future-proofing their connection. As of March 10, 2020, this package includes Disney+ streaming for 12 months and your choice of a $100 Visa gift card or Stadia Premiere Edition. A Fios Home Router is also included. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, ask about discounts that may apply.
Verizon Fios features
All Fios plans include several features that are worth noting. These include, but are not limited to:
- Previous contract buyout: If you’re stuck in a contract with another provider, Verizon will credit your account for the amount of your early termination fee (ETF), up to $500.
- Matching upload and download speeds: Unlike cable, Fios offers upload speeds that are nearly identical to download speeds, letting you upload large files with ease.
- Build your own bundle: If you want to combine your internet service with Fios TV or YouTube TV, and/or a home phone, Verizon makes it easy to choose the packages that work for you.
Pros & cons of Verizon Fios
- Fast upload and download speeds
- Ranked number one in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power for seven years in a row
- 99.9% reliability
- Limited availability
- Security and tech support are an additional monthly charge
- Extra equipment fee for your router except on the highest plan
In your area
Except for satellite internet, which relies on signals transmitted to and from space, internet service providers can only offer service where there are existing lines. Verizon Fios is available in eight states and the District of Columbia. Within those states, service is primarily offered in major metro areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fios internet plans cost $39.99 per month for 200 Mbps, $59.99 per month for 400 Mbps, or $79.99 per month for 940 Mbps. Discounts may apply if you also subscribe to Verizon Wireless service.
Verizon Fios internet is available in Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Within each state, it’s limited to certain major metropolitan areas. Check the availability page to see if you can get Fios internet in your neighborhood.
Like most things in life, it depends on what you are looking for. Fiber-optic internet, like Verizon Fios, is known for its reliability. Fios also offers comparable upload and download speeds, while cable internet has much slower upload speeds. However, cable internet is much more widely available and offers similar download speeds in many areas.
A data cap is a limitation on the amount of data you can download or stream each month. Verizon Fios does not have any data caps, allowing you to stream your favorite shows and play
Fiber-optic internet, including Verizon Fios, uses optical cables to transmit data through encoded light signals. An optical cable has a core where the light signals travel, cladding that reflects the signals and allows them to travel around curves and bends, and a plastic buffer coating that protects the cable. In addition to your modem and router, your Fios technician will install a special piece of equipment known as an Optical Network Terminal (ONT). The ONT translates electrical signals into light pulses and vice versa, allowing your computer to send and receive data through the optical cables.
Verizon Fios lets you build your own bundle, choosing the services and packages that best meet your needs. You can select your internet speed (200 Mbps, 400 Mbps or Gigabit Connection) and your Fios TV or YouTube TV package, and add a home phone if desired. You can even test-drive all 425+ Fios TV channels for 60 days and then allow Fios to recommend a TV package for you based on your viewing habits.