Our final take on Verizon Fios
Verizon Fios has built an impressive suite of services on the back of its fiber-optic internet, but it has also managed to keep its prices within reason. You don’t usually get both with corporate media behemoths, so kudos are in order there.
We do have a couple of quibbles with Verizon Fios’s otherwise forward-thinking TV service, namely its use of old cable staples like physical DVRs and lineup-fluffing music channels. Those are minor details, but they could have easily been avoided in the age of livestreaming TV.
Really, the only major check in the minus column is Verizon Fios’s limited reach—you can get it in select swathes of the East Coast, but the rest of the US is out of luck (for now).
If it’s available in your ‘hood, we say it’s worth trying out.
Does Verizon Fios have hidden fees?
In addition to requiring no annual contracts with its Fios plans, Verizon has also done away with hidden fees. Of course, there are still extra fees that become visible only during the sign-up process, like monthly rental charges for internet modem/routers and TV DVRs, but Verizon is still more transparent than most providers.
Can I get Verizon Fios TV without Fios internet service?
We’re not sure why you’d want to skip Verizon Fios’ internet service, but you can bypass an internet/TV bundle and just opt for a Verizon Fios TV plan. Since Fios TV is delivered over fiber-optic internet lines, data would be routed specifically for TV service but offer no proper internet functionality. This doesn’t, however, apply to Fios home phone service.
Where is Verizon Fios available?
As with most internet providers, Verizon Fios’s fiber-optic infrastructure covers only part of the country. Fiber-to-home connections are still a new technology, so it could be a while before they arrive in your neighborhood.
Verizon Fios is currently available in these states:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
Does Verizon Fios have senior discounts?
Verizon Fios offers Verizon Lifeline for low-income households, which includes some seniors. With Verizon Lifeline, you’ll save up to $20.00 per month on any qualifying plan. That brings Verizon Fios’s 200 Mbps plan from $39.99 per month down to $19.99 per month.
If your household income is less than or equal to 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, or you participate in federal assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, you may qualify. Click here to apply.