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Anyone Have Verizon Fios, Internet, TV and Phone Service?

Posted on 09/03/2011 11:49:45 PM PDT by freejohn

Right now, I have Verizon's DSL and Landline phone service.

I have Comcast cable which alone is costing me over $90.00 a month!

Verizon has a special (no contracts) for Fios which will include .. internet, phone and Television for $79.00 a month for one year!

I have been without my cable for over a week now (comcast) due to Irene.

My neighbors, who have Fios never lost their TV or internet.

(I didn't lose my Verizon dsl or phone connection either.)

I'm thinking of going to fios but not sure of the complications .. Inside of the house?

Will they have to drill holes and run more cable within the house?

Can I still run my main TV downstairs and receive tv upstairs?

With the Comcast connection .. I have their box downstairs and upstairs I have basic cable coming from the wall connection.

If anyone has made this change-over .. was it hard and .. was it worth it?

Thanks!


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KEYWORDS: cable; comcast; fios; internet
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1 posted on 09/03/2011 11:49:49 PM PDT by freejohn
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To: freejohn

FIOS absolutely rocks. We don’t do their tv but if it works for you, it’s a great deal for a year. They don’t have all the sports channels my guys need. But the speedy internet cannot be beat. We do have their phone service too, which we barely use, but feel we still need for emergencies or little kids who don’t have cell phones.


2 posted on 09/03/2011 11:58:52 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: freejohn

Box is required for each tv. Honestly, the worst my Mother had to deal with for FIOS was a really bad installation. Cables literally stapled to the wall from the FIOS box to her computer and TVs.

Service was fine, her connection was slower than my cablemodem but it didn’t make much difference to her.

Myself, I use a magicjack with wireless handset (20 a year), Earthlink cablemodem served by Time Warner and I’ve got a dual tuner HD Homerun that decodes the QAM (unencoded digital tv) from the same cable line.. Total cost $45 a month.


3 posted on 09/04/2011 12:02:18 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: freejohn

My SIL in FL has fios and has nothing but good things to say about it.


4 posted on 09/04/2011 12:04:33 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: freejohn

If you have an alarm system, Please, please, please have your alarm company check the landline phone connection to your alarm system anytime you change phone providers.


5 posted on 09/04/2011 12:05:48 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (Write In Sarah Palin)
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To: kingu
Box is required for each tv.

So it wont work like Comcast where you get basic feed throughout the house but need a box for all the channels?

6 posted on 09/04/2011 12:08:09 AM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: TaxPayer2000

I have an alarm system but it is no longer connected to the phone system.

I live in a pretty secluded environment with great neighbors and if the alarm goes off .. Everyone for a half mile will hear it. 8)


7 posted on 09/04/2011 12:10:41 AM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: freejohn

Comcast in my area has gone digital...all TV’s must have an “digital adapter” or cable box now...no more “basic” (ch. 1-99) on just the coax anymore (in Comcast/Infinity “upgraded” areas). AT&T U-Verse (& Fios?) can use existing coax (your leftover cable TV coax) as an Ethernet network to distribute IP TV signals to each TV and box. Or they can use Cat 5/6 cable (best). Each install will vary in quality due to the installer...I told mine to “go away” after he tried an “all coax” install (poor “home run” signal quality) and ran my own (neat) Cat 5e cable “home run” to the “NID” (phone box on the side of the house).


8 posted on 09/04/2011 12:20:27 AM PDT by Drago
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To: freejohn

We have Fios for phone, TV and Internet. The internet isnt lightening fast but it works. As new hd channels are added we seem to lose them to new addon packages for more money but they have quite a few in the basic package. My review is mixed but so far Fios does work.

Customer service has been fine and it isn’t worth changing right now to save the few dollars we would save. If we continue to lose channels we will change service providers.


9 posted on 09/04/2011 12:25:22 AM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: Drago

Yeah .. I have that ‘adapter’ device on my upstairs tv.

It connects to the cable out coming from the wall and ‘de-scrambles’ the signal but there is still the basic feed that I had before it went digital.

Will it be similar with fios?


10 posted on 09/04/2011 12:25:52 AM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: freejohn

I am no Verizon Fios expert (I live in an AT&T U-Verse area), but I think they need an “IP TV adapter” (”cable box”) at each TV, and my current AT&T U-Verse ones are about twice as big as my old Comcast/Xfinity “Digital TV Adapters”(DTA’s).

Both FIOS(fiber to home) and AT&T U-Verse are quite different animals from traditional cable TV...U-Verse (”Fiber-to-Node” version, not sure on the FIOS “Fiber-to-Home” version) is basically “Super-Duper DSL” (50 meg bandwidth or so) that delivers TV AND Internet on twisted pair copper for the last 3500 feet or less (fiber-to-node/VRAD) or in brand-new subdivisions it is “Fiber-to-Home” for AT&T also.


11 posted on 09/04/2011 12:47:19 AM PDT by Drago
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To: freejohn

bump


12 posted on 09/04/2011 12:51:13 AM PDT by Keltik ("The goal should not be diversity -- the goal must be Quality.")
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To: Keltik

Thanks!

I’m still confused on whether I will HAVE to have two boxes or if I can just use an adapter on the upstairs tv like I do on Comcast?


13 posted on 09/04/2011 1:06:26 AM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: freejohn

You need to ask Verizon regarding some of your questions, such as downstairs and upstairs boxes, etc. They should be able to run the cables the same place where you have your Comcast cable run. I recommend you call up not just their sales department, but also their tech support, hopefully they’ll talk to you.


14 posted on 09/04/2011 1:42:40 AM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: freejohn

For FIOS you have to use two boxes. One is your main with Digital Video Recorder, etc. The second box feeds the other tv. If the house isn’t pre-wired with cable in the walls they’ll have to wire it.

Sounds like you’re getting a good deal. In FL the same package runs 100 per month.


15 posted on 09/04/2011 2:00:15 AM PDT by Justa
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To: freejohn
I have Verizon DSL, Cell and land line service. I also have DirectTV.

A good friend of mine dropped that same type of service for FiOS and when I told him I wanted to do the same he said to not do it. He liked the DirectTV service, packages, and other amenities better and was disappointed in the FiOS TV.

16 posted on 09/04/2011 2:08:04 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: freejohn

I got that same package (Phone, TV, and Internet)when FIOS first landed two or three years ago. Installation was no problem with only one cable needing to be run. As someone else said, it rocks on the Internet side, TV is weak to ok depending on your choice of channels, and the phone is good with no long distance in the lower 48. One STB(Set Top Box) per tv, but you have several flavors to choose from. Way better then Comcast, and cheaper too. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.


17 posted on 09/04/2011 2:52:09 AM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: freejohn

FIOS generally runs fiber to the box at your house. From there they can use Cat 5 or COAX. The usually use COAX for their modem. This allows you to split into the existing COAX in your house. You can get basic channels without a box provided you have a HD TV but there is no analog signal on the FIOS COAX unlike the cable company.


18 posted on 09/04/2011 3:09:34 AM PDT by Woodman
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To: freejohn

Yes, all the channels (even the “basic service” channels) are encrypted. Therefore, you need some variety of cable box per TV. You can get boxes pretty cheap...and they do support cablecards if you have a TV so equipped, but they will try to talk you into getting the HD boxes and DVR boxes, and those come with a fairly hefty monthly pricetag.

The ONE BAD THING about FIOS is that you need to have electrical service up and running for it to work. They provide a battery backup, but it only lasts for 6-8 hours. If you have a hurricane, tornado, ice storm, etc., that causes an extended power outage, you will be without home telephone once that battery backup dies (unless, of course, you have a generator and power that battery backup from it). (Of course, that includes loss of cable TV and Internet access, as well...but we’re all used to having phones even if the power dies)

That is not a reason to do without FIOS, but if you need a phone for some mission-critical reason (medical, security, or whatever) and are in an area subject to losing power, you need to plan ahead for what to do if and when you lose electricity for a long period of time.

The others are absolutely right, though, as far as the quality of service. Blazing fast Internet, high quality TV pictures, noise-free phones (with, by the way, nationwide no long distance charges), and so on. I consider it to be well worth it. But don’t forget the downside above.


19 posted on 09/04/2011 3:17:37 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: freejohn

I have FIOS, we were one of the first neighborhoods to get it in my area. I’ve had relatively few problems and connection speeds walk all over DSL.

I would not ever consider Comcast...their CEO is an 0bama bedfellow, hosted a 10-35k plate dinner for him here in Philly a couple of months ago. I vote with my wallet every chance I get. Goes for GE, GM, Comcast, Hollywood...even Google (use BING)


20 posted on 09/04/2011 4:23:06 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: freejohn

By the time you get through, the combined service will be in the $140+ area. Separate set top boxes, difficulty in recording programs, and some goofy glitches with the on-screen programming guide combine to baffle all but the most dedicated technophiles.

Good Internet service, though.


21 posted on 09/04/2011 4:30:41 AM PDT by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
If you have an alarm system, Please, please, please have your alarm company check the landline phone connection to your alarm system anytime you change phone providers.

Here's my alarm system, whom should I call? And Why?


22 posted on 09/04/2011 4:38:21 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: kingu

I have comcast and thinking about switching services. However I would like to continue using my comcast e-mail addy? Can I do this if I switch from comcast? I might go with the AT&T deal but I want to keep my comcast email addy.


23 posted on 09/04/2011 4:49:14 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (aka Big Daddy Goo-Goo)
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To: freejohn
The one thing that may or may not be important- Once you get FIOS, you will not be able to get a wired phone connection to your house. They refuse to let you have both a wire connection and a fiber-optic line. That may or may not be a problem. Since most have cell phones. Back about a decade ago, Verizon was told it had to share its wired infrastructure with its competitors. It does not have to share the fiber-optic network.
Also, a friend of mine has it and it is hooked up to a GFI outlet in the garage, every time it rains, she has to reset the outlet to get her internet/tv back as the fios box, trips the gfi.
24 posted on 09/04/2011 5:02:25 AM PDT by a02001 (Help the third world poor one person at a time- www.kiva.org)
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To: freejohn
I have fios tv, phone, internet. I really like them except for one issue, if not daily, then every other day the tv picture will occasionally freeze or pixelate. It happens on both tv's and both boxes. I tried to call verizon about it but this recent strike made it impossible to talk to anyone.
25 posted on 09/04/2011 5:06:34 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: freejohn

I had Verizon DSL for phone and Internet, no TV. THey kept buggin gme to change to FIOS. I finally did, just to get them off my back. The bills are rarely consistent, to the point where I called the other day and told them I wanted the DSL back. They’ve been billing me $5.00 a month for 3-way calling. Since I never use that, I wanted it removed. We’ll see if they do...this time.

I don’t notice any significant performance difference. Stick with the DSL.


26 posted on 09/04/2011 5:06:34 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Vision
then every other day the tv picture will occasionally freeze or pixelate.

We have u-Verse and get the same.
Remember 'snow'/interference in TVs past?
Freezing and pixelation are the digital equivalent.

27 posted on 09/04/2011 5:22:23 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: freejohn
I’m still confused on whether I will HAVE to have two boxes or if I can just use an adapter on the upstairs tv like I do on Comcast?

You will need a box for each TV set no matter where it is in the house.

One DVR can interface with each set top box and give you whole house coverage of things you record. It will also allow you to pause/replay live TV on that DVR/TV set only. "On Demand" allows you to pause, replay and fast forward from any set top box in the house on any TV.

However, you have access to just about every show imaginable "On Demand" from any box in the house, so recording is not done as much, as it is redundant. Sports are the most recorded programs in our house.

5 years with FIOS for phone, internet and TV.

Not one single outage during that time for any of the services.

I am in a Central Florida location.

28 posted on 09/04/2011 5:40:18 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama and the Dems - The flash mob raiding the Treasury.)
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To: freejohn

I had the same set up - Verizon DSL & Comcast Cable (which was totally unreliable) and made the change about two years ago with a $99 / mo deal.

Haven’t regretted it one bit - FIOS is much faster than my DSL was - they brought fiber to the house and just reconnected the Cat 5E cables I had already installed.

Dropping Comcast saved us about $125.00 a month intially but the FIOS package has crept up to about $175 / mo total but we’re still saving money overall.

We did lose FIOS during Irene because the router requires 120 volts.


29 posted on 09/04/2011 5:44:27 AM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: PJ-Comix
I have comcast and thinking about switching services. However I would like to continue using my comcast e-mail addy? Can I do this if I switch from comcast? I might go with the AT&T deal but I want to keep my comcast email addy.

Reps will tell you that your Comcast email will be active for 30 days after your service is terminated - in most regions, it actually terminates within minutes of the account closure.

30 posted on 09/04/2011 6:42:33 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Vision
Depending on how techie you are, or your friends are, you might try borrowing enough cat 5e networking cable to go from the FIOS box to the back of your tv box and see if this solves the problem. After the horrid install FIOS did for my mother, this was what we ended up running. It would take a while for a disused channel to show up before, after it was instant change to any channel, and the freezing went away once the coax was out of the way. I understand some Verizon boxes only have coax, but most have network adapters as well as coax.
31 posted on 09/04/2011 6:47:39 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

That sucks. Years ago I canceled my comcast cable for just two weeks. Two weeks later I signed up again with a new customer package that gave me FREE cable for 3 months and really cheap cable for the rest of the year.


32 posted on 09/04/2011 6:55:29 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (aka Big Daddy Goo-Goo)
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To: freejohn

I don’t have FIOS but I do have Verizon DSL—and our area just suffered a five day outage—no internet for five days.


33 posted on 09/04/2011 7:05:12 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: USS Alaska
Here's my alarm system, whom should I call? And Why?

Those are fine weapons for your own protection while you are home. They will not help in case of fire when you are away.

Many homes have smoke detectors connected to their monitored alarm system. Many of them are dependent on the landline phone to send a signal to the alarm company.

34 posted on 09/04/2011 9:05:48 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (Write In Sarah Palin)
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