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Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Optimum by Altice and Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Service in 2020

Verizon and Optimum by Altice are among the leading internet providers in the United States. Each has a variety of packages that range in price and speeds, and both provide fiber internet. In addition to fiber, Verizon offers DSL whereas Optimum offers cable. Both providers supply excellent coverage availability across the U.S. Read on for additional differences between the two providers to determine which is best for you.

Optimum by Altice Info


(844) 910-2593

$40-80/mo.

Verizon High Speed Internet Info



$49.99-79.99/mo.

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Comparison Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Provider Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Speed 300-1,000 Mbps 1-940 Mbps
Pricing $40-80/mo. $49.99-79.99/mo.
Service Type Cable or Fiber DSL or Fiber
Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Feature Comparison Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Provider Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans Select Plans
Contract-Free Plans No Yes
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

Optimum by Altice Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/9/2020
  • $40 for 300 Mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $45 for 300 Mbps Cable
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $109.99.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $60 for 500 Mbps Fiber
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 500 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $65 for 940 Mbps Fiber
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 940 Mbps
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $70 for 500 Mbps Cable
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate. Regular rate is $129.99.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $80 for 1,000 Mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Optimum by Altice.

Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/17/2020
  • $69.99 for 15 Mbps DSL
    • 1 to 15 Mbps
    • For 1 year plus taxes, equipment charges & other fees. A refurbished Router is offered at no monthly charge.
    • Setup: Activation waived online.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $29.99 one-time purchase
    • Call (0 ) - to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 15 Mbps DSL
    • 1 to 15 Mbps
    • A refurbished Router is offered at no monthly charge. For 1 year plus taxes, equipment charges & other fees. Verizon home phone service required.
    • Setup: Activation waived online.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $29.99 one-time purchase
    • Call (0 ) - to setup service.

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

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Performance Overview

As the fourth largest residential cable provider, Optimum by Altice is available to about 12.4 million people in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Optimum also provides fiber internet to roughly 360,000 people. Customers can bundle packages with TV and/or phone service.

Verizon offers fiber internet (Verizon Fios) and DSL internet (Verizon High Speed Internet) to residents and businesses in the U.S., with the greatest availability in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Verizon Fios is available to highly populated areas and is the largest fiber-optic provider in the U.S., with services offered to about 34.8 million people. Customers can choose to bundle their internet with digital phone and/or TV services at a reduced rate. Verizon High Speed Internet is available to about 49.1 million people outside of major metro areas and is typically bundled with landline phone service.

Optimum by Altice Installation

Optimum by Altice offers several installation options: free self-installation, standard installation, and premium installation.

Standard installation requires a $99 charge and includes a coaxial cable and one wireless device and a maximum of two outlets set up. Premium installation is $149 and includes local hard-wiring for either a smart TV, gaming systems, computers, or alarm systems. All available devices will be set up wirelessly, and three outlets will be set up as well. Additional outlets require an additional fee of $25.

Verizon High Speed Internet Installation

The installation process and pricing differ between Verizon Fios and Verizon High Speed Internet.

For customers who have already had Fios installed, Verizon offers a free self-installation option. Those new to Fios, professional installation is suggested as an Optical Network Terminal, ethernet jack, and a Power Supply Unit will need to be installed. There is a one-time professional installation fee of $99, however, if you order online this fee will be waived. Installation takes about four to six hours and requires an adult present. The technician will need a clear path to your computer and/or TV as well as access to where your utilities enter your home. The installation process is simple with Verizon’s DSL service. You can avoid the installation fee by opting to buy and install your own equipment.

Optimum by Altice
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Similar to Verizon, Optimum does not require annual contracts but offers a 1-year agreement with a promotional rate.

Equipment fees are not included in the monthly rate and cost $10/month for the modem, however, a free smart router is included. The most expensive option comes with a $100 Amazon gift card and one year of HBO NOW. Optimum may help pay some of your early termination fees from your previous provider. Be prepared to face early termination fees if you decide to opt out of Optimum’s contract early.

Verizon High Speed Internet
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

No annual contract is required for Verizon Fios, however, auto-pay is mandatory.

Signing a one to two-year contract may lead to lower prices but early termination fees may be applied if you opt out early. Equipment fees are not included in the monthly cost and can run anywhere from $12/month to rent to a one-time fee of $199 to purchase a modem with WiFi. If you choose to break your contract with your previous provider using Verizon’s credit of $500, you will need to stay with Verizon for longer than 90 days or you will be charged the credit.

Optimum by Altice Data Caps

Optimum’s internet plans do not have any data caps.

Verizon High Speed Internet Data Caps

Verizon’s internet plans do not have any data caps.

Optimum is awesome.

5.00 Stars

on December 29, 2019

Optimum by Altice

Great speed, great reliability and great customer service. No problems. And many people are using it in this house at the same time. It's great.

Love it!

4.00 Stars

on May 06, 2020

Optimum by Altice

I came here on this website to get a speed test and I wasn't surprised by the results! I have Optimum and I love it.

Great speeds

5.00 Stars

on May 13, 2019

Verizon High Speed Internet

Speeds are great ever since we switched to Verizon FiOS, we pay for 200 Mbps up and down and get 330Mbps up and down, speeds are consistent and never slow down, customer service is also good. I would recommend Verizon.

Dependable internet service

4.00 Stars

on February 22, 2020

Verizon High Speed Internet

We have been a residential phone and DSL service customer of Verizon for over a year now. We have recently moved due to the cost of reaching close to $300 per month. We now pay close to $100 per month. That includes the phone, internet, and a line maintenance agreement that includes the line inside the house that Verizon does not cover. We started having issues with our phone line becoming noisy with static and the internet would disconnect and reconnect especially in wet weather. We “dealt” with it until the point where it was out more than it was on and we used all of our mobile data to get internet here at home. I called customer service and was scheduled to have a tech come and see if the problem could be located and corrected. He found that the drop line from the pole to the house was corroded and one of the wires inside was actually broken. He redid the drop line and renewed the line in the house itself. The connection has been stable ever since.

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Coverage Availability

Optimum by Altice Coverage & Availability

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Verizon High Speed Internet Coverage & Availability

Verizon High Speed Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about Optimum by Altice & Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Services

  • Is Verizon cheaper than Optimum?

    Internet plans and deals from Verizon and Optimum vary in cost but are within a similar price range. Verizon's least expensive plan is cheaper than Optimum’s, but Optimum’s most expensive plan is cheaper than Verizon’s. Internet-only plans for Verizon range from $39.99-79.99/month and $49.99-74.99/month for Optimum.

  • Who has faster speeds? Verizon or Optimum?

    Optimum by Altice offers slightly faster speeds up to 1,000 Mbps whereas Verizon offers up to 940 Mbps.

  • Do Verizon and Optimum have unlimited data?

    Both Verizon and Optimum by Altice offer unlimited data for most of their internet plans and bundled packages.

  • Do Verizon and Optimum require a contract?

    Neither Verizon nor Optimum require a contract, however Verizon does require auto-pay.