EarthLink vs Verizon: Extra Fees and Contracts
EarthLink professional installation is required and costs a one-time fee of $69.95. Extra handling, shipping and equipment fees may apply. Important details regarding the installation process are emailed to customers directly, and the process may take anywhere between 5-10 days.
Verizon High Speed Internet customers can self-install their internet service. There is a one-time equipment fee of $29.99. The activation fee is waived when you sign up online. If you choose a refurbished router or modem, there is no charge.
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Most of EarthLink’s plans require a 12-month term commitment.
If you end your contract early, be prepared to pay early termination fees up to $200. Additional fees such as a one-time installation, equipment, handling and shipping are included in their offers. EarthLink-specific modems are required upon installation, costing $6.95/month, so be sure to plan accordingly with the extra monthly payment.
Depending on the plans or bundles offered, Verizon High Speed Internet does not always require a contract.
When looking at bundles specifically, long-term contracts of 1-2 years may provide a more affordable option than paying month-to-month. Early termination fees cost up to $350, where customers will need to pay $15/month until the completed contract term. As for late fees, this can be 1.5 percent of the unpaid balance per month.
With EarthLink’s HyperLink plans, there are no data caps. Customers can enjoy speeds up to 1000 Mbps. All plans come with free dial-up access of up to 20 hours per month to use away from home.
Whether customers choose an internet-only plan or Double Play bundle, Verizon High Speed Internet does not have any data caps which allow users access to unlimited data.