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It not only more than doubled the speeds of many of its tiers, but the broadband and telecommunications giant also added two new tiers to the list as well

Verizon has finally released prices for its updated FiOS Internet tiers, and gave its new service a name -- FiOS Quantum.

FiOS Quantum not only more than doubled the speeds of many of its tiers, but the broadband and telecommunications giant also added two new tiers to the list as well.

Verizon said its entry-level options would remain the same, such as the 15/5 Mbps, 25/25 Mbps, 35/35 Mbps, 50/20 Mbps and 150/35 Mbps tiers, but its updated FiOS Internet tiers will consist of 50/25 Mbps and 150/65 download/upload speeds. The two new tiers feature 75/35 Mbps or 300/65 Mbps speeds, where the 300/65 tier is double that of the current FiOS Internet top speed (which is 150/35 Mbps).

Now, Verizon has released pricing for its FiOS Quantum Internet services. Prices for the 15/5 Mbps monthly packages are as follows: $99.99 to $144.99 (depending on the package) for triple-play bundles of 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet, FiOS TV, and FiOS Digital Voice unlimited; $84.99 to $129.99 (depending on the package) for double-play bundles of 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet and FiOS TV; $64.99 for stand-alone 15/5 Mbps services with two-year contract and $69.99 on a month-to-month basis.

For monthly 50/25 Mbps speeds, a triple-play bundle will range from $109.99 to $149.99 while a double-play will cost $94.99 to $134.99, a stand-alone will cost $79.99 and a stand-alone with a two-year contract will run $74.99.

For monthly 75/35 Mbps speeds, a triple-play bundle will range from $114.99 to $154.99 while a double-play will cost $99.99 to $139.99, a stand-alone will cost $89.99 and a stand-alone with a two-year contract will run $84.99.

For monthly 150/65 Mbps speeds, a triple-play bundle will range from $169.99 to $174.99 while a double-play will cost $154.99 to $159.99, a stand-alone will cost $99.99 and a stand-alone with a two-year contract will run $94.99.

Finally, the fastest 300/65 option will have one price of $209.99, or $204.99 with a two-year contract.

Each tier is targeted at a specific audience. The layout is as follows: 15/5 Mbps for a one or two person household for just email and Web browsing; 50/25 Mbps for a multi-person household that downloads music, watches videos and telecommutes; 75/35 Mbps for households that have three or more people on Internet-connected devices, stream HD movies, and play multi-player gaming, and 150/65 and 300/65 for households with five or more heavy Internet users.

Source: Verizon



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300? Really?
By ElementZero on 6/18/2012 1:47:15 PM , Rating: 5
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...and 150/65 and 300/65 for households with five or more heavy Internet users.


"So yeah, we created this new tier in case you happy to have 5 people living in one house that all of them like to play WoW on the PC while chatting with friends on the XBox and seeding their entire 1TB pron collection at the same...yes, all five of the users doing this at the same time"

I dunno - I would love to have 300 Mbit don't get me wrong - but in reality, I'm a heavy gamer that downloads torrents all day and I barely use 25 Mbit - 300 seems extreme (and pricey). Still, betting there are those that will get it so I guess it makes sense for Verizon to do this.




RE: 300? Really?
By Flunk on 6/18/2012 1:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Try living with 5 other people just like you. 150Mbps, I can see the need.


RE: 300? Really?
By MozeeToby on 6/18/2012 1:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
At 300 Mbps you've moved squarely into the range where many people will see better performance for many activities by putting things into the cloud; which is of course the end goal for many, many companies. Besides, how often does Verizon roll out new equipment? 5 years? Who's to say what kind of online services you'll want to use in 5 years. 5 years ago, 10 Mbps sounded unnecessarily fast to most people (and now I swear at my 15 Mbps connection for not being fast enough).


RE: 300? Really?
By mcnabney on 6/18/2012 5:09:48 PM , Rating: 3
Uhm, Netflix was streaming five years ago. Hell, I've had at least 10Mbs for a decade. My problem now is stingy TWC and their 1Mbs upload.


RE: 300? Really?
By FITCamaro on 6/18/2012 1:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
I have 15 Mbit up/down for $64.99 a month and do fine. But when a friend of mine moves in next year, we're gonna split a 50 Mbit up/down plan for $120/month.

I wish I had the option for FiOS though.


RE: 300? Really?
By StanO360 on 6/18/2012 2:37:33 PM , Rating: 2
You are spot on. I have 25/25 Fios (30/24 realtime) with four heavy users we never slow it down, in fact ran this test with two browsing and one on XBLive. The fact is half of speed issues are on the server end not the size of the pipe.


RE: 300? Really?
By quiksilvr on 6/18/2012 7:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
Browsing doesn't take that much data, nor does online gaming. Video streaming is the real stress test. What you did was ping test, which will be virtually zero since you are on Fiber Optic cable with fiber going all the way directly to your house instead of to a box that serves a 1km radius around your neighborhood and you connect to it via copper wire (which is what cable internet is in most areas).


RE: 300? Really?
By gigahertz20 on 6/19/2012 4:07:06 AM , Rating: 2
The pricing they have for these speeds basically force people to go with the highest, the $100 150Mb/s plan is the most logical. Why go with the 75Mb/s plan for $90 when you can pay $10 more a month and get twice the speed. And even their slowest plan is way overpriced, why go with the 15Mb/s plan for $70 when you can pay $30 more a month and get 10x the speed. Nobody is going to pay that price anyways for 15Mb/s when you can get that speed using DSL/Cable modem and only pay $25-$50 a month.

It's just like at the movie theaters, they make a large popcorn $6 and a medium $5 yet the large popcorn has 40% more popcorn and it's only a $1 more....no brainer.


RE: 300? Really?
By grant2 on 6/24/2012 10:07:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's a business strategy called "price discrimination"

And no one is "forced" to buy a speed they don't need. If someone never maxes out 75Mb/s, then paying even $10/mo to double that is foolish.


table
By fic2 on 6/18/2012 1:58:26 PM , Rating: 3
Seems like it would convey the information in a more readable form if it was in a table:

down/up | Triple Play | Double Play | single 2 yr | month/month
15/5 | $ 99.99-144.99 | $ 84.99-$129.99 | $64.99 | $ 69.99
50/25 | $109.99-149.99 | $ 94.99-$134.99 | $74.99 | $ 79.99
75/35 | $114.99-154.99 | $ 99.99-$139.99 | $84.99 | $ 89.99
150/65 | $169.99-174.99 | $154.99-$159.99 | $94.99 | $ 99.99
300/65 | NA | NA | $204.99 | $209.99

The pricing on the bundled vs the stand-alone 150/65 don't really make sense to me. The bundle price jumps $50, but the stand-alone only jumps $10?




RE: table
By dgingerich on 6/18/2012 2:33:48 PM , Rating: 4
I'm currently on Comcast Xfinity with HD cable with DVR and 8Mb internet. It runs me $114/month.

I wish we had FIOS in our area. Denver sucks for internet. We have the choice of Comcast (horrible) and Century link/Qwest (as impossible as it is to believe, is even worse than Comcast) and I really hate having to choose my internet connection like I choose my Presidents.


RE: table
By kmmatney on 6/18/2012 7:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
Same boat (I live in Centennial, CO). I just recently switched from Qwest (or whatever they changed to) to Comcast, and so far Comcast has been better for internet. I still have a few months left on my DirectTV contract, after which I'll decide my next move. The lack of other options sucks, though.

Last year I bought an Ooma for VOIP, which is great since I no longer have to worry about phone service (and I now control my own phone number). That's one less thing to worry about.


RE: table
By gigahertz20 on 6/19/2012 3:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
I live in Colorado Springs, only 2 choices for people that live here. Century Link (used to be Qwest) and Comcast, unfortunately I live in a wooded area just North of Colorado Springs and Century Link DSL is the only option. Fastest internet speed offered is 1.5 Mbit/s.......veryyyyyyy slow, my max download speed is 150 KB/sec. I'll never know what it feels like to have fast internet lol


RE: table
By dgingerich on 6/19/2012 7:35:02 AM , Rating: 1
Your best bet for TV is switching between satellite providers every time your contract ends. Never go with Comcast cable TV. It's more expensive and far, far less reliable.

(Yeah, I know satellite gets interrupted by rain and snow, but I've had far more problems with cable in my new place since I'm unable to get satellite. Comcast's DVRs are horribly unreliable. the service goes out constantly. I'm essentially paying $60/month for one TV and DVR, which is more than you'd pay with either satellite provider. I've had both and I badly miss the option. I got a south facing apartment because I wanted satellite, but there's a stupid tree in the way.)

While Comcast is better for internet, given our choices, they are far worse for TV. Their customer service level is horrible.

I scheduled moving my service a month before my last move, and their installer just didn't show. He claimed he got the wrong address, but never tried to call me. I rescheduled, that other guy didn't show. The third time I scheduled, the person on the phone wanted to charge me $150 because it was my third install in under a year, despite the fact the other guys didn't show. I ended up having to cancel all my service and schedule a new install, three weeks after I had moved in.


Yay!!! Fast Internet that Isn't in Most Areas!
By Arsynic on 6/18/2012 1:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe this is just a marketing ploy to get everyone so pissed off that they run to their elected officials to break the cable company monopolies in their area.




By StanO360 on 6/18/2012 2:41:57 PM , Rating: 4
Hopefully


Question for FIOS users who own a notebook
By Shadowmaster625 on 6/18/2012 4:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a really really fast internet, and netflix, can you test something for me? Start to play a 2 hour movie, wait for it to buffer for about 2 minutes, then disconnect from the internet. Put the computer into sleep mode, and/or hibernate. Then wake it up and see how much of the movie will play. I am wondering if a movie can be quickly loaded and then taken on the road with no hassle.




By foolsgambit11 on 6/18/2012 5:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
Netflix only buffers a short distance into the future.


By Shadowmaster625 on 6/19/2012 8:07:55 AM , Rating: 2
That's how it works for me too, but I was hoping it would buffer more if you have more bandwidth. So basically, FIOS is useless. What is going to use that much bandwidth if streaming movies dont?


By Milliamp on 6/18/2012 3:06:37 PM , Rating: 5
Everyone is talking about the 300M tier that not many people will opt for but what they aren't saying is that the lowest tier went up $10 to $65 and it requires a 2 year contract.

So the tier that nearly everyone will select is $10 more. That is what really matters.




Meanwhile over at AT&T
By phatboye on 6/18/2012 4:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Meanwhile my $45/month UVERSE connection (which is fiber to the node unlike FIOS) gets me a 3Mbps connection and tops off at 24Mbps. My other choice is to put up with Time Warner's horrible latency.

I seriously wish Verizon would put FIOS in my area.




By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/18/2012 5:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, Verizon invested big putting fiber all the way to the house, and got in with any new housing developments in major metro areas so they can install while construction is under way. It has paid off and the beauty is the technology can improve without needing to lay new fiber, at least for now. I'm rather surprised cable companies haven't tried to copy this.


Are they still rolling out into new areas?
By Cr0nJ0b on 6/18/2012 7:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
I heard that FiOS pretty much stopped rolling out new areas and were focused on developing existing customers...which sucks. I live in orange county and have COX, which is pretty good, but their customer service is hell and I have a feeling a data cap is on the way. I need some more competition. Right now they have my phone, internet and video...and it's a big bill. I would love to have some more leverage to negotiate.




By JackNSally on 6/19/2012 4:01:28 AM , Rating: 2
They stopped building out. I just moved out of there fios area unfortunately. There customer service and internet service were superb, there billing was meh. I had there 25/25 service, actually got ~30/~26. In about a year I will be moving and fios is one thing I will definitely be looking for. Wish they would expand there coverage!!

FIOS IS THE BEST (I have used)


Hmmmmmm
By cknobman on 6/18/2012 1:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have been on your 15/5 FIOS package for 4+ years and have never seemed to need more.

I live in a 5 person house with over a dozen connected devices (pc's, 360's, media players, blue ray players, a tablet, and 4 smartphones).

We have netflix and also stream tons of video from youtube and nbc, etc, etc.. We game online (I do PC and my kids do Xbox live).

Never experienced a need for more bandwith though. I am having a hard time imagining who needs more than 50 down!!




RE: Hmmmmmm
By FITCamaro on 6/18/2012 2:02:38 PM , Rating: 1
If you tried to use 4 Netflix HD streams at once while also downloading stuff, you'd probably see some quality throttling.


Meanwhile in Japan..
By Nyu on 6/19/2012 9:03:51 AM , Rating: 3
1/1 Gbit both ways for ~$20 a month. Oh yeah, 6-7 years ago.




By Ductape03 on 6/18/2012 2:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have had FIOS 15/5 service for a few years now and I only pay $54.99/month contract free. If I will now have to pay $15/month more for my service I will have to price out other options.




Rip off
By tjcinnamon on 6/18/2012 3:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
I pay $32 (taxes and fees included) for 30mb/5mb through Charter.

They also have a 15mb/3mb for $20.




As stated before...
By dsquare86 on 6/18/2012 4:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
The issue is not the speed of your connection, it is the size of the pipe and the speed of the server that limits you. I live in a small town and I suppose I could just get the 300 and share it with the 30 houses that surround mine and life would be good. Since I am not that nice, the speed/price is worthless. My 24/5 on Comcast is plenty.




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