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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: (855) 941-4390
  • Support: (800) 837-4966


$39.99-79.99/mo.

75-940 Mbps

75-880 Mbps

73% 73%

Fiber

2nd (0)

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 910-2674
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 910-2674

$49.95-299.95/mo.

15-2,000 Mbps

Up to 2,000 Mbps

59% 59%

Cable

8th ↓ (-1)

Verizon Fios OVERVIEW

Verizon Fios is a company that provides fiber Internet, digital TV, and telephone packages. Fios was one of the early movers in the fiber Internet industry.

Xfinity OVERVIEW

XFINITY from Comcast Internet service is the most common home Internet choices in the country, offering WiFi, digital phone service, cable television packages, and home security services.

Verizon Fios INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 for 200 mbps Fiber
    • 200 Mbps ↓ and 200 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • With Auto Pay. Plus taxes and equipment charges.
    • Disney+ on us for 12 months ($6.99/mo after).
    • Setup: Online exclusive -- $99 Standard setup charge waived.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $15/mo or one-time $299.99
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 400 mbps Fiber
    • 400 Mbps ↓ and 400 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • With Auto Pay. Plus taxes and equipment charges.
    • Get Disney+ and Hulu on us.
    • Setup: Online exclusive -- $99 Standard setup charge waived.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $15/mo or one-time $299.99
    • 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.
    • With Auto Pay. Plus taxes.
    • Get Disney+ and Hulu for 12 mo. on us.
    • Setup: Online exclusive -- $99 Standard setup charge waived.
    • Modem included.
    • Call (866) 775-4717 to setup service.
Last updated on 7/2/2020

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

Xfinity INTERNET DEALS †

  • $49.95 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and 2.0 Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 300 mbps Cable
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 600 mbps Cable
    • 600 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 1 year
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $77.95 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: $0 (Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Some areas have a 1TB data cap.
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Setup: Free Self-Install Kit and shipping.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $14/mo
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
  • $299.95 for 2,000 mbps Fiber
    • 2,000 Mbps ↓ and 2,000 Mbps
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Flex 4K streaming device + Voice Remote included.
    • Call (866) 736-3035 to setup service.
Last updated on 7/9/2020

†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 1200 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

Verizon Fios was one of the first providers to build out fiber in the early 2000s.

They have sold some of their infrastructure to Frontier in 2015. That said, Verizon is still available in many cities.

Fiber to the Home networks like Verizon Fios don't switch to copper like cable or DSL. Fios service requires installing a Fios box on the building.

fiber is really the “gold standard” of internet services since it has reduced latency and high bandwidth capabilities.

Xfinity's TECHNOLOGY

Xfinity services are predominantly "cable", meaning that they share the wiring that sends TV signal to your home.

Cable companies like Comcast use coaxial copper lines, which can handle significantly more traffic than phone line services.

Cable networks generally have higher download speeds than upload speeds.

Comcast is upgrading to gig download speeds in some areas as of 2020.

Verizon Fios INSTALLATION

Techie customers may install their own service, but for the majority of consumers, scheduling a technician installation is recommended.

If you opt for a technician install, a Fios technician will use fiber optic cables to connect you to the Fios network. The techie starts by installing an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) that switches the data over to the building's internal wiring. If your building hasn't had Fios before, the techie might need permission to run ethernet or coaxial cable get you setup.

Xfinity INSTALLATION

Comast self-install is the simplest choice for most new subscribers.

They include a boxed kit mailed to them with simple instructions for activating the router and configuring WiFi.

Technician installation is also an option. However, it usually requires a nominal fee. If you're selecting TV service, scheduling a professional installation is better, as the wiring is more complex.

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]