Verizon Fios Review

With just 3 available internet plans plus a handful of good bundles backed up by what we consider as the most powerful fiber optics connection, Verizon Fios is simply one of the best internet services one could ever have.

We’ll tell it to you right from the get-go: if you have a large budget and want the best pure internet surfing, gaming, and streaming experience, Verizon Fios is made for you.

There’s a reason why it’s awarded for best internet in America for 6 years in a row by J.D. Power and it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon.

In fact, the only downside here are the prices. Everything else about this internet service is just stunning. It’s as good as its phone service and we cannot recommend you enough of its stellar customer service.

“Wait a second, a good customer service?” You bet your butt this has a good one; friendly and knowledgeable representatives, fast on-site visits and easy-to-contact services make this the most outstanding customer care when it comes to these type of business.

In this article, we’ll be reviewing the Verizon internet plans and everything that makes them great. Without dragging this any longer, let’s now look at each plan and its price.

There is a reason why Verizon Fios is part of our best internet providers that you can ever have. But does the sole cable internet able to vouch for network quality?

Also, make sure to check out our reviews on AT&T Internet and Comcast Xfinity so you can compare each of them on a more detailed scale.

If you’re confused with their offers on their main webpage, allow us to simplify them just for you. It took us a long while to review each of them but we’ve sorted out the best one that is ideal for any potential Verizon subscriber just like you.

Plans & Pricing

Again, it only has 3 plans if you’re availing just for the internet and not for extra services like TV or phone, but each of them is just too damn good not to miss out on. Not to mention there’s this sort of finesse and none of that flashy and loud ambiance  that Verizon has over its competition:

  • Verizon Fios 100/100
  • Verizon Fios 300/300
  • Verizon Fios 980/880

Who wouldn’t want to start off a basic plan with an already-powerful 100 Mbps right? Verizon makes it right by overwhelming the competition for going big minus a bigger budget.

Its 300 Mbps plan is ideal for gaming and stream or downloading HD movies while watching kitten compilations in 1080p.

While it may not peak at 1000 Mbps, the 980/800 plan feels like there’s no difference between this one and going at 1000 Mbps thanks to Verizon’s strong fiber optic support.

The first plan is effective for a 1-year contract while the 300 and 980 plans are good for 2-year and 3-year contracts respectively.

But if you’re not the contract type of person, they always have a month-by-month payment basis which we find it to be good especially if you’re the student/I-don’t-have-money-hahaha type.

There’s nothing else to prove when it comes to the consistent internet speed and top-quality network but when it comes to the Verizon Fios rates, well, that’s where things are different.

You see, the prices are just the big picture. Look into their plans carefully and you’ll find out that those numbers exclude the Auto Pay activation, taxes, equipment charges, and other fees?

The total bill? That is based upon your frequency and dependence on Verizon but paying the plan each month or year will be more than just $39.99, $59.99, and $79.99 or their total sum.

Suddenly you’ll look back at the likes of AT&T or Xfinity’s displayed prices and you will be like “Oh gee, I should’ve gone for that instead”

Verizon has always been reputable for its high prices in any service they provide including phone or TV so when it comes to the internet, it’s no surprise to see them do the same business practice in Fios.

Let’s look at each plan and see what makes them unique from each other:

Basic plans don’t come close as much as Verizon Fios’ 100 Mbps starter plan. Its download speed is equal to its upload speed and network quality never lags even if 4 to 7 devices are connected all together.

It’s surreal to know that a basic plan can start off with 100 Mbps – let alone with a sweet price of $39.99. This is by far our favorite starter kit from any internet service provider.

That’s 100 Mbps of both download and upload speed, which is very perfect for a household with only one person or up to four- enough to go watch your favorite shows in crisp and clear HD or playing an online game without having to worry about lag.

It’s also enough to get you live streaming under 720p – a quality that’s good enough for any beginner or aspiring live streamer whether on Twitch, Facebook, or Tamago.

According to Verizon themselves, this is great for 4 to 7 devices without any laggy hindrance.

It’s a 1-year price guarantee but you can always pay with no annual contract – paying month by month.

This is also Verizon Fios’ best-selling plan and the most popular basic internet plan versus competing brands.

If you’re looking for our recommendation, this is the plan to be. The name says it all and with a 300 Mbps download – upload speed, it’s great for 8 or more devices to connect to the internet and watch HD flicks, stream videos, and music or live streaming with no hassle.

Lots of famous live streamers pick this for three reasons: one is that it’s extremely fast, two is because of the fiber connection and three is due to Verizon’s trusted internet quality.

While your sister is watching Maniac on Netflix, your brother playing Fortnite while talking with random people in quads, mom and dad watching sports together and you’re just there watching Sodapoppin do his thing on Twitch, nobody is going to have a bad lag issue at all.

The $59.99 per month is a 2-year price guarantee or you may choose for no annual contract.

To sweeten the deal even further, this plan even has a $50 Visa prepaid card just for you. Thank you, based Verizon.

Also known as the Fios Gigabit Connection, this one gets you 980 Mbps of download speed and 800 Mbps upload speed. It’s not the best fastest gigabit plan out there but it surely maintains those numbers thanks to Verizon’s fiber optic connection.

Okay, so $79.99 may look a little too sizable but you’re paying for consistency over numbers. We mean come on, it’s only just 20 Mbps less than the 1000 Mbps plans from other services but do they keep those numbers up that much? Heck no.

Does Verizon maintain the 980 and 800 numbers on a constant state? Yes, they do and that’s what makes this equally competitive against its counterparts.

It’s a 3-year price guarantee and its router rental is even free for 3 years. You may choose for the month-by-month payment but you won’t get the free router perk.

Does this one have a bonus Visa prepaid card too? Of course it does and it’s worth $100!

Not a bad deal, no?

While the 3 major plans look good, you might want to take a gander at their bundles too. To us, they par so much versus AT&T Internet’s offer and how couldn’t resist such deals?

Let’s take a closer look at the best ones:

Internet Bundles

Verizon has its own Fios internet deals that combine the power of both its already-magnificent internet quality, TV service and even a trickle of hardware that you won’t find in any other provider.

We got the top 3 bundles right here:

The main difference, as you can see, is the TV options. Without making it any more confusing, here’s how it goes: Custom TV has 155+ channels, Preferred TV has 280+ channels and Extreme TV has 355+ channels.

Each one of them also carries a 2-year price guarantee, a $100 Visa Prepaid Card, a digital home phone with unlimited nationwide calling, access to 140,000 On Demand titles and $200 worth of Google and Nest smart home devices.

Google and Nest are basically home management systems that act like the Amazon Echo and will reach out towards the smart home devices. It works and it should appeal to parents whose family is under a household full of smart equipment.

It’s an answer to both DISH Network’s Alexa inclusion and AT&T’s U-VERSE TV plus Internet bundles.

The one and only catch here is that you can’t pay on a monthly basis. It’s either you agree to their 2-year contract or have none at all.

Oh and also taxes, Auto Pay, equipment charges, and other fees are still excluded from the advertised prices still.

But if you’re agreeing to their bundle, then we highly recommend getting the Fios Gigabit Connection with Preferred TV + Phone bundle. It’s a perfect combination of the 980/800 internet plan, 280 channels (95 in HD) to watch, a digital phone and it can run up to 100 devices without even feeling any sort of lag.

Overall Speed and Data Caps

Us customers usually have doubts about the internet service’s top network speed that they boast on their ads. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we found out that average speed is lower than what they advertised.

But in the case of Verizon Fios, what they advertise is what they truly deliver. This is all thanks to their powerful fiber optic connection that is unlike any other.

And yes, we’ve seen the numbers and we’re impressed. According to the FCC, the actual speeds are 100% accurate to what Verizon Fios advertises.

Now that’s something you can really trust.

Oh right, we never told you yet but every plan that Verizon Fios offers does not have any limited data. Yes, it’s all unlimited! Thank you once again, based Verizon.

Fees and Contracts

As stated earlier, all prices are excluded from hidden charges that can hurt your family budget if you’re not aware of their consequences.

Make sure to read between the lines before you come into mutual terms with Verizon.

Hidden fees

When will hidden fees be rid of this world full of price tags? Any plan you take is all the same – you have to pay separately for the Auto Pay activation, the taxes, the equipment charges and other fees they dare not to mention until they state it on your bill.

This is pretty much the biggest con of being a Verizon Fios subscriber along with the next one:

Contract Price Hike

If you’re settling with their contract, prepare to pay more once your 1-year/2-year/3-year contract ends.

This is why we honestly prefer having to just pay on a monthly basis unless you’re craving for their TV bundle, Visa Prepaid Card and the Gigabit free router rental.

Router Rental for the 100/100 and 300/300 plans

The Gigabit 980/800 plan will give you their router for free for the next 3 years but if you’re not looking to go with that, you’ll have to pay $10 for the router.

You can actually pay for it on a one-time basis for $149 if you do not wish to spend monthly but this is only a money-saver if you’re going to continue with them for more than a year and 3 months.

Customer Service

Now, this is where Verizon Fios shines as much as the network quality of their plans. Customer Service here is stellar and highly competent than any other services we’ve encountered.

They’ve got an effective system in which it makes having to solve your issues become easier to be dealt with. They’ve got a fast-responding online chat and hotline, speedy on-site technicians and is the most honest and friendliest representatives we’ve ever contacted with.

Xfinity should really be ashamed of themselves.

However, if you need them to do the installation for you, you’ll have to contact them beforehand to get it done.

You can contact them through here.

Is Verizon Fios Good?

Considering it as the most consistent internet provider when it comes to internet speed and generous customer service, Verizon Fios is one of the best there is.

It stands out from the crowd, showing that quality outweighs quantity. Who needs 6 different plans when you can just stick to 3 yet very helpful plans?

The TV bundle plans are excellent too as they complement very well to Fios’ 980/800 Mbps plan. That makes family entertainment much better than it already is.

Verizon Fios sets the bar very high when it comes to combining goodness into one sandwich but that is all in exchange for a very expensive price.

It’s not perfect as it does have quite a few mishaps too: hidden fees, a separate payment for the internet router, price hikes after the given contract ends, questionable additional fees in bills and limited availability.

Fortunately, the positives outweigh the negatives and it’s a top choice if you’ve got lots of hard-earned money to exchange for their magnificent service.

PROS

  • Consistent internet speeds unlike any other internet service
  • Strongest fiber optic connection to be had
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Only 3 plans but each of them is wonderful in their own ways
  • Each plan can accommodate a lot of devices with constantly good network quality without any lag
  • The 100 Mbps for $39.99 plan is probably the best internet starter plan there is
  • Choice of yearly contract or monthly no-contract payment
  • Includes TV bundles that come in with a large volume of channels, Visa Prepaid Cards, and $200 worth of Google + Nest smart home devices.

CONS

  • Hidden fees that include taxes, activation for Auto Pay, equipment charges and “other” fees
  • Internet Router has to be bought on a separate monthly bill if you don’t avail for the 980/800 Mbps plan
  • Price hikes after the contract period ends
  • Limited availability

FAQs

How do I know if Verizon Fios is available in my area?

You can either call them up or check your coverage by filling in your address here.

Are there only 3 TV + Internet bundles available from Verizon Fios?

They actually have 5 TV + Internet bundles but the ones we chose are the most recommended packages to be had. The other 2 includes just a basic bundle with 150 Mbps without the Visa Prepaid Card and other bonuses.

The other one includes the digital phone, $100 Visa Prepaid Card but there’s honestly too many channels in it – 360+ networks under a price of $124.99 which we think is too overpriced.

Are there discounts for the internet plans?

Unless you’re going for their business packages, there is little to no discounts offered here. But if you haven’t subscribed to Verizon Fios yet, there’s always a good chance that you can net a sweet deal for a bill discount.

You have to ask your representative if there are any promos at all.

Is there a plan for business purposes?

Verizon Fios does have a separate package for business internet plans too. The reason why we haven’t included them in the main discussion is that these are niche choices.

However, we’ll give you a brief rundown of their business packages:

  • Fios 75/75 Mbps for $44.99 that includes file sharing and cloud back-ups. Pay $89.99 a month for the inclusion of Digital Voice Line
  • Fios Internet 150 Mbps + Digital Voice pack with heavy file sharing, video conferencing, online tutorials and includes a $150 Visa Prepaid Card. Costs $114.99 every month.
  • Fios Internet 300 Mbps + Digital Voice pack with heavy file sharing, video conferencing, online backups, E-commerce and includes a $200 Visa Prepaid Card. Costs $189.99 every month.
  • Fios Internet 500 Mbps + Digital Voice pack with heavy file sharing, video conferencing, online backups, E-commerce for multiple members plus massive bandwidth and includes a $200 Visa Prepaid Card. Costs $219.99 every month.
  • Fios Gigabit Connection + 5 Digital Voice lines with heavy file sharing, video conferencing, online backups, E-commerce for multiple members plus massive bandwidth and includes a $200 Visa Prepaid Card. Also costs $219.99 every month.

Every plan here gets a $5 to $10 discount for the first 12 months.

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Sam Churchill
Sam Churchill
Sam Churchill is the founder and editorial in chief at Daily Wireless. He has spent more than 2 decades blogging about all forms of wireless communications.

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Sam Churchill is the founder and editorial in chief at Daily Wireless. He has spent more than 2 decades blogging about all forms of wireless communications.

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