Verizon High Speed Internet and Windstream are both fantastic DSL internet providers, which is a type of internet connection that enjoys wide coverage, especially in rural areas. But the similarities stop just about there. Windstream distinguishes itself by offering cable, fixed wireless, and fiber internet connections, as well as Triple Play bundles, while Verizon High Speed Internet does not have these offerings specifically. Depending on the specific needs of your household, one of these providers might be a better fit.
While Verizon’s Fios line of products comes with a lot of perks and add-ons, Verizon High Speed Internet doesn’t really have many deals, and it comes with really slow speeds, even for DSL technology. In comparison, not only is Windstream fast, but Windstream is likely to throw in a gift card or other promotion to bring you on board.
Pros and Cons By Provider
Verizon High Speed Internet Pros
- Mobile phone service add-on option
- Established reputation
- Well-known DSL provider
- Wide coverage
Verizon High Speed Internet Cons
- Slow DSL download speeds
- Bundles aren’t fantastic
- Multiple connection types
- Gigabit speeds
- No data caps or contracts
- Available in rural areas
- Plans vary by location
- Middle-of-the-road customer service
Windstream Has the Better Bundles
Verizon High Speed Internet offers packages that combine internet and phone service. These plans come with a wireless router that has firewall protection as well as a 24/7 home support network. On the other hand, Windstream has multiple bundle options that include not just internet and phone service but TV subscriptions, as well, which in our view, makes it the better bundling option.
Verizon High Speed Internet Has the Upper Hand on Fees
Verizon High Speed Internet Offers Free Installation
Verizon High Speed Internet requires an installation service priced at $99.99, but customers can typically get this waived as part of their service plan. In contrast, Windstream requires professional installation priced at $35 per month as well as an activation fee of $65 billed on the first month of service.
Neither Provider Has Data Caps
Verizon High Speed Internet and Windstream both offer unlimited data on their plans. So, you can surf the web as much as you like without worrying about data overage fees or throttling.
Windstream Offers Better Customer Satisfaction
Verizon High Speed Internet receives the most complaints of the two providers because it has such slow speeds. In fact, Verizon’s DSL product doesn’t even reach the minimum speed to be considered high-speed internet by the FCC, people have noticed. Windstream doesn’t have the best reputation in terms of customer service, but its quick speeds and consistent promotions make it more of a favorite.
Verizon High Speed Internet vs. Windstream Internet Review
We asked BroadbandNow users to review Verizon High Speed Internet based on four core attributes: Customer Service, Reliability, Speed, and Value.
BroadbandNow readers submitted 736 for Verizon High Speed Internet. Verizon High Speed Internet earned an average score of 2.84 out of 5.
We asked BroadbandNow users to review Windstream based on four core attributes: Customer Service, Reliability, Speed, and Value.
BroadbandNow readers submitted 1473 for Windstream. Windstream earned an average score of 3.03 out of 5.