Comments on news posted 2012-05-18 14:27:33: We've been nudged by a reliable source with supporting evidence who tells us Verizon will be raising the speed of several of their FiOS broadband tiers very soon. ..
Realistically speaking one only needs 15/5. I have 25/25 because I do a lot of cloud stuff, and TWC is 30/5 which sucks for cloud. Cloud needs uplink...
Anything above that is for pure convenience. I can run VMW view on a 3MB link just fine, so cloud is not an issue).
And 15/5 is 15/5 -- there is no TWC lucky to see 5Mbs on a 15/2.
What would be disappointing is that they introduce caps after doubling bandwidth when everyone knows that bandwidth isn't a problem for VZ and even TWC in my area (considering only 2 neighbors on my block still have TWC )
My neighbor pays $160 for TWC (triple play, 5 TV) which is a bigtime rip. I told them to get fios double play, move phone to GV-> Cell and pay $85/month. Then buy some roku boxes for the kids. So save $60-$70/month.
If they cap the first thing to go will be phone, and then people will pull cable (go OTA or internet) and then they will be left wondering why they put caps in when margins are already sick (60%+).
In NY my phone only cost $4 in taxes (it's IP) so it was actually more expensive to do the double play (they like it that way). Sooner of later that is going to cause me to leave.
They have also dropped 5 channels in the last few months, and added zero. They were junk, but then 90% is junk so keep pruning.
I have 35/35 and to say one only needs 15/5 isn't true in a house with lots of users that uses a lot of netflix, gaming and downloads I often see my router pushing over 25mbps for a sustained period of times, true one user may not need 35/35 or 75//35 for anything, but multiple users, especially if you have some heavy users can easily be needed to ensure everyone in the house gets a speedy internet connection. I'm looking forward to the additional bandwidth.
Personally I am stoked that my 25/25 is now going to become faster than the 50/20 tier, and even with a rate hike, still won't cost nearly as much BUT What happens to 50/20? I don't see ANYTHING about what will happen to 50/20. I live in a BPON market where the "Top" tier right now is 50/20. Is it going away, or getting bumped up to something? I don't think the article implies that it is going away, nor does it suggest it is getting a bump too.
What happens with existing contracts? Mine is coming up for renewal, and I don"t want to lock in the slower speed.
It would seem that if they are changing the speeds, you'll get the speed change.
Today you sign a one year contract for 25/25 service. Next month 25/25 ceases to exist and it's now 50/25. Seems like for you'd get 50/25 once they switch as they will stop provisioning 25/25 to anyone.
""As far as I know, it will be like old upgrades where everyone will remain on the same plan and I'm assuming pay more for the increase," says the source. These changes should be arriving somewhere around June 18. "
Sounds like you will get the bump speed, and may get a corresponding increase to your price, even though you are under contract. But I don't see how you'll have 25/25 in my hypothetical when they cease to provision that speed to anyone, anymore.
Hmm, Verizon caps...reminds me of selling cars with more horsepower, but tripling the fines for speeding... enabling!
Seriously, I have the 15/5 and it speedtests out at 25/15 or lower at 25/10. So I am not complaining
I'd go back to FiOSTV bundle if it were $75/month for ExtremeHD+25/25 (currently listed as $99/mnth not including taxes, etc). I don't miss those repeating shows, dis-infommercials for idiots, monthly channel-lineup changes ... -- Splat
In the "It Can Only Happen To Me" category I called VZ up a few days ago to have my home phone changed or dropped altogether because of a ton of collection calls that were not for me. Long story short if I drop the phone off my 35/35 triple I would see no price decrease. If I dropped down to 25/25 Double I'd see a $5 decrease. Now here's the kicker - if I keep my current Triple AND sign a new two year contract my price goes UP $5 a month starting on Day One. Needless to say I'll stay on month-to-month and see what happens when the new price hikes - and now these speed increases - come down the chute. I'm drooling over clutching that 75 Mb pipe in my gnarly little hands and ride it for it's worth. -- Grand Funk Railroad and Deep Purple aren't in the R+R HoF? That's tragic.