Verizon FiOS High Speed Service
July 20, 2005
In all of the screwing around with my network over the past few days, I ran into two interesting things — one, that Comcast was now offering 6mb down / 768K up service in my area (and it turned out the be $25 a month cheaper than my existing 3mb service — go figure), and that Verizon is finally turning up their Fiber Internet service (“FiOS”) in my area.
The price on the Verizon service is extremely hard to beat — they’re offering 15 mb down / 2mb up for $49.95 a month. As a pre-sales incentive, they offered me the same service for $39.95 a month for the first year (this is the normal price for 5mb/2mb). They also have a 30mb/5mb service for $199.95 for those really in need of bandwidth.
I know it’s Verizon, and I spent a lot of time trying to get Verizon out of my life a couple of years ago, but damn that’s a tough offer to turn down.
So I didn’t turn it down.
Frankly, I don’t even care so much about the 15mb down — I’m just not that big of a bulk downloader that more than 6mb/second is going to make that much difference to me. I do care about the 2mb up, however. I work from here, and often have to upload large files (or large collections of files) to servers, and the existing upload caps cost me a lot of time unnecessarily.
So maybe it’s worth putting up with the inevitable Verizon bullshit.
If you’ve seen Verizon fiber pullers in your area, it may well be worth checking to see if service is due to be available soon.
One thing I learned while reading various reports from other early adopters was that the prequalification page on their website doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It told me that service was not available (although I knew it should have been), and so I called their pre-sales number (800-291-9402) and the operator manually looked up my street address and told me service was available (or would be in a couple of weeks). I don’t know how long the pre-sales number will be available, but apparently you can also call the FiOS main number (888-438-3467) and check availability through them as well.
Many of the early adopters (who were Verizon telephone customers) reported that Verizon moved their phone service over to the fiber also. I was a little concerned that I’d get strong-armed into taking Verizon phone service (which I replaced long ago with Vonage) with this, but they didn’t even suggest it.
I did have the (expected) difficulty in that they initially wanted to qualify me by phone number, and I knew that my Vonage number wasn’t going to help, so I told the rep up-front that it was a VOIP number, and he didn’t have a problem with looking me up by street and housenumber instead.
The lead time was a little vague — I was told I would hear from the installers sometime between now and August 15th. I’ll post more as I know more…