Verizon Fios vs Xfinity: Side by Side Comparison

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Verizon Fios vs Xfinity

These bundled broadband Internet, TV, and phone providers have more in common than meets the eye. Verizon FiOS wins the infrastructure battle in most areas with their 100% fiber optic network, delivering some of the best speeds available. However, Xfinity by Comcast has been making advances that put it on a similar tier so far as quality, and some of their bundled offerings could be right for you depending on your needs and price target.

Verizon Fios AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (800) 837-4966
  • Support: (800) 837-4966

$39.99 to $79.99 / mo.

75 mbps to 940 mbps

75 mbps to 880 mbps



Current: 4th ↓ (-2)


$29.99 to $299.95 / mo.

15 mbps to 2,000 mbps

Up to 2,000 mbps



Current: 8th ↓ (-2)

Verizon Fios OVERVIEW

Verizon Fios is a fiber Internet company. Verizon Fios also provides TV and phone services. They were one of the first true fiber Internet providers.


Xfinity Internet services are one of the most widely available home Internet options in the country, offering home WiFi, phone service, TV, and home security.


  • $39.99 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $54.99.
    • Paper free billing and auto pay required.
    • No annual contract (auto pay rqd).
    • Setup: Setup fee waived when you order online ($99.00 value).
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $149
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 300 mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Get a $50 Visa Prepaid Card for online orders.
    • Setup: Waived (Standard setup charge is waived ($99 value) when ordered online.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $12/mo or one-time $199.99
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 940 mbps Fiber
    • Up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload w/ no data cap.
    • Auto pay required.
    • Free router rental for 3 yrs. Get a free Samsung Chromebook 3 or $200 credit toward select Samsung tech.
    • Setup: Waived (Standard setup charge is waived ($99.00 value) when you order online.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $199.99 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/6/2019

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


  • $29.99 for 60 mbps Cable
    • 60 Mbps ↓ and 5.0 Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $74.95.
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
  • $49.95 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and 2.0 Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
  • $59.99 for 150 mbps Cable
    • 150 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
  • $69.99 for 400 mbps Cable
    • 400 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
  • $79.99 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps
    • 3-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
  • $299.95 for 2,000 mbps Fiber
    • 2,000 Mbps ↓ and 2,000 Mbps
    • Contract Term: 2 years
Last updated on 7/9/2019

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


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.

Xfinity: DATACAPS From 1024 GB/mo.

We have found plans that include datacaps. Xfinity offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.

Verizon Fios's TECHNOLOGY

Fios was one of the first fiber providers to build out fiber services. Although Verizon sold some of their infrastructure to Frontier in 2015, Verizon Fios is still available in many states.

Unlike cable and DSL, Fiber to the Home services transmit signal over future-proof fiber optic lines all the way to a user's building. Fiber access requires installing a Fios box on the house.

fiber is generally considered the “gold standard” of broadband services because it has reduced latency and high bandwidth capacity.


Comcast Internet are mostly cable, meaning that digital signals share the wiring that delivers TV to your home.

Cable networks are based on coaxial copper wires. Cable lines can handle more traffic compared with phone line services. Download rates will usually outperform uploads on cable. This is to be expected, and isn't an issue for streaming Netflix or YouTube.

Thanks to the newest DOCSIS technology, Comcast is upgrading to gigabit download speeds in select parts of their coverage footprint.


For buildings that already had Fios installed, new customers may be able to “self-install” WiFi service. For most consumers, professional install is suggested.

If you choose a professional install, a installer will configure equipment and connect you to the Fios network. Fios starts by installing a fiber box, to which your Fios router connects. Depending on your location’s existing wiring, the technician may need building access to install ethernet or coaxial cable establish service.


Xfinity self-install is the fastest option for the majority of new customers. New customers get a kit with step-by-step instructions.

Technician installation is also an option, although it often requires a small charge. For customers ordering a TV package, scheduling a professional install is better, as the wiring and configuration is more complex.


62%62% Customer Rating

62.5% recommendation rating according to 28535 verified users.


41%41% Customer Rating

41.2% recommendation rating according to 163060 verified Xfinity users.


Verizon Fios Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.


XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Understanding what speed you actually need could save money

The speed game: wants vs needs

When you’re shopping for broadband, it’s easy to compare the blazing speeds offered by either contender and simply pick the fastest one.

Hold your horses, though — advertised speeds don’t always translate to real-world performance, and there’s no point paying premium for a gigabit fiber connection if you only use the Internet for email and some light Facebooking.

Look for consumer reviews specific to your area to determine if the speeds you’re paying for will actually reach your laptop. If price is your top concern, understand that a 45Mbps connection with a 1 terabyte cap is “good enough” for most users, even if that gigabit plan for twice the price sounds “nice to have.”

Termination fees and timed promotions can add up

Always read the small print, especially if it looks too good to be true

When comparing plans and prices, be sure to think through the long-term effects of what you’re signing up for. Sure, one provider may offer better sign-up bonuses than the other — but if the actual price is much higher, you could lose money in the long run when that promotional period times out.

Add ETFs (early termination fees) to the equation, and you could get into a situation where it’s more expensive to switch than it is to continue paying an inflated price. Always shop for the “final price,” and think twice about signing any agreement with ETFs. For renters, students, and anyone else prone to moving semi-annually, ETFs can easily cancel out a promotional price.[1]

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