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tanzam75

join:2012-07-19

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reply to JoeSchmoe007

Re: It just doesn't make sense.

said by JoeSchmoe007:

It needs to be pointed out that Verizon $85 for 3-play is also a promotional price.

What's the real price? I can't find it on Verizon's website. (Cablevision, to their credit, is more up-front about it -- they have a link right under the promo offers.)

If you select "2-Year Contract," they offer you $85 Triple Play for two years. If you select "No Contract," they offer you the same $85 Triple Play, but with a one-year guarantee.

The main difference vs. Cablevision is: you don't have to call up and haggle after one year. Many people hate haggling, hate switching back and forth, and hate having to keep an eye on prices and offers. To do it half as often is quite worthwhile for them.

JoeSchmoe007
Premium
join:2003-01-19
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
·Callcentric
·Verizon FiOS

$85 3-play probably includes at least $25-30 in discounts valid for duration of contract (before taxes).

As far as not having to call up and haggle - not sure what you mean. My price for FIOS internet +Phone went from $50 to $75 (before taxes/fees which is about 10%). I wouldn't call it "slightly more". As a result of my switch to CV my price will now be about $35 total (phone+internet).


tanzam75

join:2012-07-19

said by JoeSchmoe007:

$85 3-play probably includes at least $25-30 in discounts valid for duration of contract (before taxes).

As far as not having to call up and haggle - not sure what you mean. My price for FIOS internet +Phone went from $50 to $75 (before taxes/fees which is about 10%). I wouldn't call it "slightly more". As a result of my switch to CV my price will now be about $35 total (phone+internet).

But $75 is the current price for FiOS Internet + Phone. They may have had a $50 price when you signed up, but they do not at present. They just offer $75 -- to you as well as to a new customer. How much more "no-haggling" can you get?

As I stated, Cablevision's non-promotional price is $50 for 20/2 Optimum Online, plus $35 for Optimum Voice. That's $85.

At $75 + 10% tax = $82.50, Verizon is not even "slightly more" -- it is "slightly less."

Now, if there were some other FiOS price that's higher than $75 + tax, then that would change the equation. But if this is the actual price, then you're basically comparing FiOS's actual price to Cablevision's promo price.

I happen to pay the same $35 that you pay -- but I also realize that I'm unusual. 85% of Americans subscribe to pay TV. For them, double-play is Internet + TV, not Internet + phone.

JoeSchmoe007
Premium
join:2003-01-19
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
·Callcentric
·Verizon FiOS

Of course I didn't intend to compare OOL promo rate directly with FIOS regular rate. My original post deals with my specific situation. As a result FIOS lost a customer altogether.

That being said, regular OOL rate is $50 for 20/2 and FIOS is $70 for 15/5 which is still quite a difference ($240/year).