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: (866) 775-4717
  • Support: (800) 837-4966

(866) 775-4717

$39.99 to $79.99 / mo.

100 mbps to 940 mbps

100 mbps to 880 mbps

73%73%

Fiber

Current: 9th ↓ (-3)

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 336-0715
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 336-0715

$39.99 to $92.95 / mo.

15 mbps to 1,000 mbps

Up to 35 mbps

59%59%

Cable

Current: 4th ↓ (-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 OVERVIEW

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.

Verizon Fios INTERNET DEALS †

  • $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.
    • $500 credit to help cover early termination fee available. Restrictions apply.
    • 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.
    • Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) on us. Get up to $500 credit to help cover your early termination fee. (Restrictions Apply)
    • Setup: Waived (Normally $99)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $149.99
    • 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.
    • 1 year Amazon Prime on us & 3 year free router rental. $500 credit to help cover early termination fee available. Restrictions apply.
    • Setup: Waived (Standard setup charge is waived ($99.00 value) when you order online.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $149.99
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/5/2018

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

Xfinity INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 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.
    • Call (844) 336-0715 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and 2.0 Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Call (844) 336-0715 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 400 mbps Cable
    • 400 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $99.95.
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Call (844) 336-0715 to setup service.
  • $89.99 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $104.95.
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Call (844) 336-0715 to setup service.
  • $92.95 for 105 mbps Cable
    • 105 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Call (844) 336-0715 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/14/2018

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

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.

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.

Xfinity's TECHNOLOGY

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.

Verizon Fios INSTALLATION

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 INSTALLATION

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.

Verizon Fios RATINGS AND REVIEWS

62%62% Customer Rating

62.4% recommendation rating according to 28058 verified users.

Xfinity RATINGS AND REVIEWS

41%41% Customer Rating

40.9% recommendation rating according to 158881 verified Xfinity users.

Verizon Fios COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Verizon Fios Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Xfinity COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

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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