EarthLink and Verizon High Speed Internet are two of the most prominent and competitive internet providers in the nation. EarthLink is the second-largest residential DSL provider in the U.S. and has a fiber network called HyperLink that extends to over 26 states, with speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Verizon High Speed Internet is Verizon’s DSL service. It’s the fourth-largest DSL internet provider in the U.S., but its plans reach speeds of only 15 Mbps.
Verizon Edges Out EarthLink With Fewer Fees
Neither Internet Provider Truly Has Installation Fees
EarthLink allows you to self-install your equipment and save on installation fees. Your device should arrive about two days after you place your order. Verizon High Speed Internet customers can also self-install their internet service. The activation fee is waived when you sign up online. If you choose a refurbished router or modem, there is no charge.
Verizon Doesn’t Require Contracts, Unlike EarthLink
Most of EarthLink’s plans require a 12-month commitment, while Verizon does not require contracts. EarthLink has early-termination fees (ETFs) that can cost you up to $200, in addition to fees such as a one-time installation charge and equipment fees.
EarthLink-specific modems are required upon installation and cost $12.95 per month, so plan accordingly with the extra monthly payment. Verizon High Speed Internet, on the other hand, provides the equipment with your purchase.
Data Caps Aren’t a Deciding Factor
There are no data caps with EarthLink’s internet plans. Verizon High Speed Internet doesn’t have data caps either, giving users access to unlimited data.
EarthLink vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Review
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