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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.


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