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grimholtz

join:2007-01-23
Watertown, MA
kudos:1

What are the FiOS bandwidth caps?

Hi,

My friend, who has Comcast as his ISP, just got a "courtesy phone call" from Comcast. The agent told my friend that he used more than 250GB bandwidth (up and down) last month, and that he needs to reduce his usage.

He can switch to FiOS but wants to know if he'll have the same problem with Verizon. Anyone know? He said he'll call Verizon and ask, but I said don't bother--they'll just tell him what he wants to hear to get his subscription.

Thanks for any advice,
grimholtz

flashcore

join:2007-01-23
united state
I have done over a terabyte every month for at least the last 4 months and never had a phone call or come home to a dead connection which did happen to me with crapcast. As far as everyone has been told and experienced Verizon has no caps. That may change in the future but that is the case for now.


grimholtz

join:2007-01-23
Watertown, MA
kudos:1
Wow, thanks! Anyone else have stories like that?


FizzyMyNizzy

join:2004-05-29
New York, NY
reply to grimholtz
I dont think verizon have any cap limit on dsl/fios.

I do remember you cant host a server.. not sure have that change now.


way2evil
Premium
join:2007-09-14
New York, NY
kudos:1
reply to grimholtz
They have no caps. I am around 2 TB a week and counting, since I got my service on the 20/20 plan.


grimholtz

join:2007-01-23
Watertown, MA
kudos:1
said by way2evil:

They have no caps. I am around 2 TB a week and counting, since I got my service on the 20/20 plan.
2TB up and down?

Merru

join:2008-09-02
Yonkers, NY
reply to way2evil
Doing 1tb a month on 20/20. But i really get like 25/21 because i am the only one on my line. So far i get noting so don't worry. But tell ure friend about the article where the state of fl sued com cast for this limit.


Eebobb
Premium
join:2003-11-13
Floral Park, NY
reply to grimholtz
Terabytes ? How much porn can you guys watch
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grimholtz

join:2007-01-23
Watertown, MA
kudos:1

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Just so everyone knows: 20 megabits/seconds sustained is 1.44 terabytes/week. That means 1.44 terabytes/week up and 1.44 terabytes/week down is the theoretical maximum for FiOS's 20/20 service.

nipo

join:2008-08-06
Westfield, NJ
reply to grimholtz
I'm curious how you guys are measuring your traffic. The router gives you the traffic monitoring reports, but if you power down the router, the counts start at zero again when you power up. I can understand the ISP may have an easier time keeping those stats, but can the user challenge the accuracy of the ISP counts?

It's clear that ISPs want to charge for the amount of traffic you consume. But they will have to incorporate that statistic into their billing systems, and you know their billing systems are nightmarish. So it's just a matter of time.

Merru

join:2008-09-02
Yonkers, NY
Well i ure bit torrent where it tel u how much. Where its hard for me to keep terabytes on my comp i just del most of them. Where my comp keeps track of all my transfers in packets and saves it for about 3-2 months.


Smith6612
Premium,MVM
join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:24
Reviews:
·Verizon Online DSL
·Frontier Communi..

1 edit
reply to grimholtz
No caps on FiOS what so ever. There are people here literally reporting 6TB+ worth of bandwidth used a month, so if your friend wants speed and can get FiOS, if Comcast doesn't like him, he might as well get FiOS and get it over with. He won't look back anyways.

I run Verizon DSL 768kbps/128kbps and considering the connection speed, it's basically being utilized fully whenever I'm awake, which is quite a bit of GB a month, so there's no worries.


VZ FiOS

@verizon.net
reply to grimholtz
said by grimholtz:

Just so everyone knows: 20 megabits/seconds sustained is 1.44 terabytes/week. That means 1.44 terabytes/week up and 1.44 terabytes/week down is the theoretical maximum for FiOS's 20/20 service.
Technically FiOS's current highest tier is 50/20 but 20/20 is its highest symmetrical tier. The 50/20 tier is WAY overpriced @ $140 a month just for internet alone and with a contract whereas the 20/20 is just $65 a month for internet (that's more than double the price for the 50/20!). Unless you live in select areas where it's $90 per month then it's a bit more reasonable compared to $140 a month.

Anyways, in my opinion, if you're a heavy internet user and are on a budget (like me) the 20/20 tier is the perfect choice.


eXodus
Premium
join:2005-08-04
Rockaway, NJ

1 edit
reply to grimholtz
OptOnline screwed me capping me 3 times and told me one more strike and your service is off....(They told me I couldn't use FTP to upload stuff to my site or play games because that was "excessive use")

Well easy solutions, switch to fios. No more optonline cablevision capping bullshit.



*EDIT: Forgot to mention i've never been capped by fios and i've done gigs of transfers in a single week.
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-eXodus


scoopy03

join:2003-05-06
00000
reply to grimholtz
as long as you pay your bill they really wont do anything
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Member of FIOS tech forum.


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA
reply to VZ FiOS
said by VZ FiOS :

said by grimholtz:

Just so everyone knows: 20 megabits/seconds sustained is 1.44 terabytes/week. That means 1.44 terabytes/week up and 1.44 terabytes/week down is the theoretical maximum for FiOS's 20/20 service.
Technically FiOS's current highest tier is 50/20 but 20/20 is its highest symmetrical tier. The 50/20 tier is WAY overpriced @ $140 a month just for internet alone and with a contract whereas the 20/20 is just $65 a month for internet (that's more than double the price for the 50/20!). Unless you live in select areas where it's $90 per month then it's a bit more reasonable compared to $140 a month.

Anyways, in my opinion, if you're a heavy internet user and are on a budget (like me) the 20/20 tier is the perfect choice.
The price depends on where you are located. I pay $90 a month for the 50/20 tier here in Northern Virginia.

hussle87
Premium
join:2008-01-06
Sykesville, MD
reply to flashcore
I heard on a website staing that verizon does not have caps nor do they plan to have caps. I think if they did that would be stupid because there's really no reason to because its fiber optic.


Mannus
Premium
join:2005-10-25
Fort Wayne, IN
Reviews:
·Frontier FiOS
·Vonage
reply to grimholtz
Caps? LOL! Current usage on my SELF-IMPOSED 450 GB limit.


elbm

join:2000-08-03
Reisterstown, MD
reply to grimholtz
I have been doing hundreds of gigs per month for a year and not a word.


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA
reply to Mannus
Does this keep track of everything or just data from one PC?

said by Mannus:

Caps? LOL! Current usage on my SELF-IMPOSED 450 GB limit.

JonHB

join:2007-09-18
Huntington Beach, CA
reply to Mannus
Mannus - what program is that???


eXodus
Premium
join:2005-08-04
Rockaway, NJ
Look like DU meter or Netmeter....I forget which one looks like which but both basically do the same.
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-eXodus


scoopy03

join:2003-05-06
00000
reply to JonHB
said by JonHB:

Mannus - what program is that???
it is netmeter
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Member of FIOS tech forum.

datwell1

join:2002-01-08
Falls Church, VA
reply to grimholtz
grimholtz: My 15/2 FIOS has been pretty busy too (P2P). My experience has been great after after I bridged the Actiontec and put in a modified Linksys with DD-WRT.

Go with FIOS - you'll never look back!

--Doug


Mannus
Premium
join:2005-10-25
Fort Wayne, IN

1 edit
reply to aaronwt
Netmeter. AFAIK, it just monitors my PC. I haven't seen any options
to monitor any other. I have one wireless desktop on my network that runs WOW about 10 hrs/day. I also have one laptop I use occasionally.

Oregonian2

join:2008-07-16
Beaverton, OR
reply to way2evil
said by way2evil:

They have no caps. I am around 2 TB a week and counting, since I got my service on the 20/20 plan.
Wow! Does the Seagate delivery truck have regular weekly stops at your house?

For me,..let's see where's my floppy?


houkouonchi

join:2002-07-22
Ontario, CA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
said by Oregonian2:

said by way2evil:

They have no caps. I am around 2 TB a week and counting, since I got my service on the 20/20 plan.
Wow! Does the Seagate delivery truck have regular weekly stops at your house?

For me,..let's see where's my floppy? :-)
Its easy to do that much transfer/month with upload (which is probably the case here) as that would be really hard to get done on download. My server does about 7-8 TB (upload) per month and only does 500-700 GB down (which a lot is probably ACKs).

If fios was available in my area I would probably get two 20/20 connections (if they would let me) and upload 6+ TB/month on it. If I am lucky my town will be like the one in texas where verizon invaded AT&T's territory. I live in a new housing area (expensive houses so probably a high subscription rate) and FIOS is already available for about 20% of the residents as its right near their border. We shall see...

Also in my case I could download a lot each month as I do have a lot of disk space:

sabayonx86-64 ~ # df -HP
Filesystem             Size   Used  Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdc2               35G    32G   3.5G  91% /
udev                   4.2G   254k   4.2G   1% /dev
none                   1.1M   324k   725k  31% /lib/rcscripts/init.d
/dev/sdc1              100M    56M    45M  56% /boot
/dev/sdc3               11T   6.3T   4.6T  58% /data
/dev/sdb1               21G   6.7G    15G  32% /mac
/dev/sdd1              751G   559G   192G  75% /750
/dev/sda1               84G    53G    32G  63% /winxp
tmpfs                  4.2G      0   4.2G   0% /dev/shm
1.1.1.40:/tv           3.5T   3.3T   193G  95% /myth
1.1.1.40:/tv/video     750G   729G    21G  98% /myth/video
1.1.1.40:/tv/video/750   750G   706G    44G  95% /myth/video/750
box:/                  5.3T   3.9T   1.5T  74% /colo
 

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Chugging along on 2x 6016/768k DSL Extreme DSL lines and one 6016/768 ATT DSL DIrect line as well as one 10mb/1mb Charter cable line for a combined total of just over 26 meg download and 3 meg up (after overhead). yay!