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: (844) 624-1149
  • Support: (800) 837-4966

(844) 624-1149

$39.99 to $79.99 / mo.

50 mbps to 940 mbps

50 mbps to 880 mbps

73%73%

Fiber

Current: 10th ↓ (-5)

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 246-9494
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 246-9494

$29.99 to $69.99 / mo.

10 mbps to 1,000 mbps

Up to 25 mbps

59%59%

Cable

Current: 4th ↓ (-2)

Verizon Fios OVERVIEW

Verizon FiOS is a provider of fiber broadband Internet, TV, and phone services. They offer 100% fiber connectivity and have one of the largest pure fiber networks on the market.

XFINITY OVERVIEW

Xfinity by Comcast provides broadband internet, cable TV, and phone service via their hybrid fiber coaxial network. Xfinity is one of the most widely available cable Internet providers in the US.

Verizon Fios INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 100 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-month promo rate. Regular rate is $49.99.
    • Get out of your contract with a credit up to $500. Online exclusive pricing.
    • Setup: Setup fee waived when you order online ($99.99 value).
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
  • $74.99 for 150 mbps Fiber
    • 150 mbps ↓ and 150 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate. Regular rate is $84.99.
    • Online exclusive pricing. Get out of your contract with up to a $500 credit to help cover your early termination fee, restrictions apply.
    • Setup: Setup fee waived when you order online ($99.99 value).
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 940 mbps Fiber
    • Up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload (not available in all areas) w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate. Regular rate is $89.99.
    • Includes 6 months of HBO NOW.
    • Get out of your contract with a credit up to $500. Online only pricing.
    • Setup: Standard setup charge is waived ($99.99 value) when you order online.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $149.99
    • Call (844) 624-1149 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/28/2017

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

XFINITY INTERNET DEALS †

  • $29.99 for 25 mbps Cable
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $74.95.
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $49.95 for 10 mbps Cable
    • 10 mbps ↓ and 2.0 mbps
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $69.99 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
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
Last updated on 12/6/2017

†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

Verizon Fios offers broadband internet, TV, and home phone service to consumers using their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Fios was one of the first major telecom companies to deploy a large fiber optic network. They have sold parts of their network to Frontier in recent years. Regardless, Fios is still available in a handful of states.

Unlike hybrid networks, FTTH carries data over next-generation fiber optic cables all the way to a subscriber’s doorstep. The core drawback to an FTTH network layout is that it costs an Internet provider significantly more to build up-front, thanks to the high cost of fiber cable combined with the cost of labor to install that cable underground throughout an area.[2]

That said, FTTH is generally considered the “gold standard” of consumer internet connections because it offers the lowest latency and highest bandwidth capabilities.

XFINITY's TECHNOLOGY

Xfinity by Comcast offers Internet, TV, and phone service to consumers primarily via their hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network. They are also rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installations in some regions.

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks are used globally by cable providers to deliver broadband internet access to consumers. In short, HFC networks deliver a fiber optic connection to a node within a neighborhood, which then branches off to service 25-2000 homes.[3] By using this network structure, Comcast and other cable providers are able to take advantage of their existing coaxial infrastructure to offer competitive broadband speeds at a lower up-front installation cost to the company.

In the case of FTTH installation, fiber optic cable is run directly to consumers residences or businesses. This network structure is preferred over hybrid networks. Unfortunately, they aren’t widely available due to the high costs associated with running fiber optic cable.

Verizon Fios RATINGS AND REVIEWS

62%62% Customer Rating

61.9% recommendation rating according to 23,560 verified users.

XFINITY RATINGS AND REVIEWS

40%40% Customer Rating

40.3% recommendation rating according to 129,844 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]

Last updated on 12/6/2017.

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