Time Warner vs Verizon Fios: Side by Side Comparison

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Time Warner vs Verizon Fios

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Fios present a variety of pros and cons, depending on your needs and budget. Since Time Warner Cable was recently acquired by Charter Communications, new Time Warner Cable customers should be especially mindful of how the merger will affect their speeds, price, and quality of service. Internet access isn’t the only factor to consider, as both companies offer extra services like phone and TV, often for a bargain.

Time Warner Cable AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 445-9202
  • Support: (800) 892-4357

(844) 445-9202

$44.99 to $44.99 / mo.

60 mbps to 300 mbps

Up to 20 mbps

66%66%

Cable

Current: 16th ↓ (-1)

Verizon Fios AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 624-1149
  • Support: (800) 837-4966

(844) 624-1149

$39.99 to $74.99 / mo.

50 mbps to 940 mbps

50 mbps to 880 mbps

73%73%

Fiber

Current: 3rd ↑ (+3)

Time Warner OVERVIEW

Time Warner Cable provides bundled TV, cable broadband Internet, and phone service throughout much of the US. They were recently acquired by Charter Communications, but subscriptions are still advertised under the Time Warner Cable name.

Verizon Fios OVERVIEW

Verizon FiOS is a provider of fiber broadband Internet, TV, and phone services. They offer 100% fiber connectivity and have one of the largest pure fiber networks on the market.

Time Warner INTERNET DEALS †

  • $44.99 for 60 mbps Cable
    • Up to 60 mbps w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Modem included.
    • Call (844) 445-9202 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/25/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Time Warner.

Verizon Fios INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 for 50 mbps Fiber
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 50 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $49.99.
    • Setup: Setup fee waived when you order online ($90 value).
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $199
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
  • $64.99 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 100 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $74.99.
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
  • $74.99 for 150 mbps Fiber
    • 150 mbps ↓ and 150 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Setup: Setup fee waived when you order online ($90 value).
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $199
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/16/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Verizon Fios.

Time Warner: NO DATACAP FOUND

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Time Warner doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.

Verizon Fios: NO DATACAP FOUND

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Verizon Fios doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.

Time Warner's TECHNOLOGY

Broadband Internet offerings from Time Warner Cable are delivered via a hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network, leveraging an existing television network to bring data over the “last mile” to consumer residences. Like most cable networks, Time Warner Cable bridges the distance between their local office and local “nodes” within neighborhoods via ultra-fast fiber cable.

This allows for higher bandwidth and lower latency than most DSL networks, only using outdated cable technology for short distances within individual neighborhoods.[3]

Verizon Fios's TECHNOLOGY

Verizon Fios offers broadband internet, TV, and home phone service to consumers using their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Fios was one of the first major telecom companies to deploy a large fiber optic network. They have sold parts of their network to Frontier in recent years. Regardless, Fios is still available in a handful of states.

Unlike hybrid networks, FTTH carries data over next-generation fiber optic cables all the way to a subscriber’s doorstep. The core drawback to an FTTH network layout is that it costs an Internet provider significantly more to build up-front, thanks to the high cost of fiber cable combined with the cost of labor to install that cable underground throughout an area.[4]

That said, FTTH is generally considered the “gold standard” of consumer internet connections because it offers the lowest latency and highest bandwidth capabilities.

Time Warner INSTALLATION

Time Warner Cable customers have two options: self installation and professional installation.

In the case of self-installation, a hardware is provided along with the plan, including detailed instructional materials. All you have to do is connect the modem, set up your router, and follow other basic steps outlined in the accompanying materials. Self-installation is free, and generally required if you bring your own hardware like a personal modem.

Professional installation is easier but comes with a fee and requires an appointment with a licensed technician arranged through Time Warner Cable. Professional installation may be required if your house needs extra work on the wiring setup to be compatible with Times Warner Cable.

Verizon Fios INSTALLATION

If your residence or business has already had Fios service then you may be able to “self install” your service, but for many consumers, professional installation is recommended.

Professional Installation: During professional installation, a Fios technician will use fiber optic cables to wire your location to the Fios’ network. They will also install an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) to which your Fios router connects to get you internet access. Depending on your location’s existing wiring, the technician may need to run ethernet or coaxial cable get you setup.

Time Warner RATINGS AND REVIEWS

40%40% Customer Rating

40.0% recommendation rating according to 67,365 verified Time Warner users.

Verizon Fios RATINGS AND REVIEWS

62%62% Customer Rating

61.8% recommendation rating according to 19,065 verified users.

Time Warner COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Time Warner Cable Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Verizon Fios COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Verizon Fios Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Mergers in mind

How services will change under Charter

While many Internet, TV, and phone plans are still available under the name “Time Warner Cable,” the company was actually purchased by Charter Communications in 2016 and is in the process of switching over to the new name. For most customers, service speed and cost will remain unchanged for the time being.[1]

Buying vs Renting your modem

It’s easy to save when you don’t rent

Modem rentals are a standard offering from Internet providers. In spite of the convenience, the monthly rental fees quickly add up to the cost of simply buying a modem and router outright — and can cost subscribers hundreds of dollars in the long run.[2]

Buying your own modem and router also opens up the possibility of configuring a stronger and more secure home network than is possible with the default modem or modem/router combo rented with a plan. That being said, customers who plan to move or switch providers within a couple years might be better offer renting, since providers tend to be picky about which brands and models will work with their service.

Last updated on 6/25/2017.

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