New Verizon FiOS offering boasts ‘fastest mass-market broadband service in the nation’

November 22nd at 11:45 AM

New Verizon FiOS offering boasts ‘fastest mass-market broadband service in the nation’

If you’re a Verizon FiOS residential broadband customer, with a need for Internet speed, listen up. Big Red has just announced a new plan that boasts some ridiculously fast, lust-worthy uplink and downlink speeds. How fast you ask? How about 150Mbps down and 35Mbps up.

“With a downstream speed of 150 Mbps, consumers can download a two-hour, standard-definition movie (1.5 gigabytes) in less than 80 seconds, and a two-hour HD movie (5 GB) in less than four and a half minutes,” quips the press release.

“The 150/35 Mbps residential offer will be available to the majority of FiOS-eligible households, and sold as a stand-alone service starting at $194.99 a month when purchased with a one-year service agreement and Verizon wireline voice service.”

As you can see, the new service does not come cheap, but if you can afford, justify, or write-off the new hotness, we recommend giving Verizon a call and ordering the high-test connection. The press release is awaiting your scrutiny after the break. More →

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Verizon to offer FiOS customers live TV for iPads, video-on-demand for Android, BlackBerry, WinMo

August 18th at 1:11 PM

Verizon to offer FiOS customers live TV for iPads, video-on-demand for Android, BlackBerry, WinMo

Today, Verizon announced a new video application that will allow subscribers of their FiOS television service to watch live, linear programming on an iPad. Before anyone gets too excited, the application — which is scheduled to be released early next year — does have one fairly enormous catch. As reported by Gigaom, “subscribers with an iPad will only be able to watch linear programming within their own home, which allows Verizon to authenticate and make certain that the users have access to whatever content they have paid for.” Verizon has said that all the backend legwork to make the TV streams available has been completed; they are now woking on getting content providers comfortable with the idea of their precious shows being available on devices other than television sets.

Verizon also announced a new video-on-demand application that will debut in Q4. The application, “will allow subscribers to purchase and rent videos and watch them across multiple devices and multiple platforms,” including the DROID X, DROID 2, BlackBerry Storm and handsets running Windows Mobile 6.5 (wah?).

All pretty exciting stuff in the mobile entertainment realm. Our one question is: why would we want to watch TV on a 9.7-inch iPad screen when we’re in the same vicinity as our HDTV? Thoughts? More →

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Verizon almost eclipses 1 gigabit network speeds with a current FiOS deployment

August 16th at 3:38 PM

Verizon almost eclipses 1 gigabit network speeds with a current FiOS deployment

The folks over at Verizon have just dropped a press release to boast about a very impressive feat. The company has just “completed a field trial in which it delivered approximately 1 gigabit-per-second bandwidth to a customer on the currently deployed gigabit passive optical network in a live production FiOS network setting.” Now that is some speed! The press release goes on to say: “Verizon’s GPON platform supports a total throughput of 2.4 Gbps downstream and 1.2 Gbps upstream to customers connected to the PON. This test successfully demonstrated the ability to serve customers on the FiOS network with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) service.” The actual speeds recorded were 925 Mbps to a local server and 800 Mbps to a regional server 400 miles away; Verizon also said the increased speeds did not cause any kind of degradation in FiOS TV or residential FiOS phone services. The company said that this test proves that its current FiOS network has the ability to scale to meet the growing data demands of its customers. How many of you out there have FiOS? Is it available in your area? We’ve got the full press release after the break. More →

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Verizon FiOS to offer month-to-month contracts, no ETF

June 21st at 12:34 PM

Verizon FiOS to offer month-to-month contracts, no ETF

FiOS Worry Free

Verizon has announced a new month-to-month, contract-less option for its popular FiOS cable, internet, and phone service they are calling their “Worry-Free Guarantee.” The contractless option will allow customers in “California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia markets […] plus the FiOS markets of Indiana, Oregon, South Carolina and Washington, which are in the process of being transitioned to Frontier Communications” to take advantage of the company’s fiber optic network without having to sign a contract. Not bad Verizon, not bad at all. Of course this offering is only for “new Verizon FiOS customers” and does not offer you what Verizon is calling “price protection.” Hit up the bounce for the full release from VZ. More →

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Verizon Android devices get FiOS Mobile

January 19th at 9:55 AM

Verizon Android devices get FiOS Mobile

Verizon couch potatoes throw your hands up! If you have a DROID or Eris on Verizon, and you’re a FiOS customer, you can get FiOS Mobile on your phone now. You can check TV listings, adjust parental controls, set your DVR and even check out Videos On Demand with the new mobile application. Verizon also included a nifty little storage space indicator to let you know when it’s time to delete those episodes of Jersey Shore that you’ve already seen a dozen times. Let us know how it works out for you, will you? More →

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Verizon responds to Cablevision's Optimum Ultra service

April 30th at 9:10 AM

Verizon responds to Cablevision's Optimum Ultra service

Honestly, we absolutely love it when a company ignores its instincts along with the onslaught of advice from its PR firm and talks, err, smack. Despite what some flacks may tell you, people want to hear it like it is and sometimes PR-ified nonsense does more harm than good. Then again, sometimes the opposite is true. Like this time, for instance. Verizon has publicly responded to Cablevision’s new $99 Optimum Ultra 101Mbps residential Internet service in much the same manner a preteen with a hand-me-down Sega Genesis would respond to one touting a brand new Xbox 360. If you’d like to forgo reading Verizon’s response, here are the key points found within:

  • Cablevision’s network is old.
  • Delivering 101Mbps is easy.
  • If a few people in the same neighborhood are heavy Ultra users, it will rip a hole in the space time continuum
  • People don’t want fast Internet service
  • Verizon can offer speeds waaaaaaay faster than 101Mbps — we just don’t want to
  • Optimum Ultra’s upstream is 15Mbps and we offer 20Mbps [in the $150/month package]
  • Most servers you hit on the Internet are way slower than 100 Mbps
  • Cablevision just wants bragging rights
  • Nanny nanny poo poo

While there is a valid point or two buried deep within the ‘we’re better but we choose not to be’ cries, the bottom line is that this was the wrong approach to take. Wrong. Verizon first contends that there is no demand for faster Internet service in the home, then concludes with the canned “the future is gonna be faaaaaast” claim. Well, Verizon, the future isn’t going to be fast unless service providers take incremental steps toward making it so.

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Optimum Online announces Ultra service, 101Mbps/15Mbps for $99

April 28th at 12:01 AM

Optimum Online announces Ultra service, 101Mbps/15Mbps for $99

If you’re a Cablevision subscriber with a need for more bandwidth, you’re in for a real treat. Like, you might need to change your pants. Just announced a few seconds ago is Optimum Online’s new Ultra service. This takes their existing Boost service to a whole new level. Want to know how fast? How about 101Mbps downstream and 15Mbps upstream. Fast enough? Well, it’s now the fastest residential internet service in the entire country. Even better is the fact that come May 11th, the Ultra service will be available to every single Cablevision subscriber across their entire service area. You might be wondering what the pricing will be on this… it’s going to be available for $99 a month. Existing subs are paying around $60/month for Boost at 30Mbps/5Mbps and Verizon’s FIOS service is around $150/mo for 50Mbps/20Mbps — seems incredibly fair right? Think of all the DiVx movies, applications, games you could...

Hey Verizon, you just got pooped on.

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Verizon to roll out 100Mbps FIOS in 2009

December 6th at 8:49 AM

Verizon to roll out 100Mbps FIOS in 2009

fiber opticAccording to Vincent O’Byrne, Verizon’s technology director, Verizon is planning to roll out 100Mbps FIOS in 2009. This move will expand the ultra high speed network beyond its limited test market which has been enjoying 100Mbps for at least a year now. With Comcast deploying DOCSIS 3.0 and upping the speeds it offers to 50Mbps in many markets, the pressure is on Verizon to maintain its competitive speed advantage, from a marketing standpoint at least. In the past, Verizon has made it clear that it views the 100Mbps speed threshold as a “sexy” marketing strategy, not a real necessity for most customers and that the driving force behind these speed increases is not customer demand but competitive marketing tactics. As long as it continues to up the ante and provide quality service, we don’t care whether it is the marketing team or consumers who are in driver’s seat. All we want is ample bandwidth to be able to stream Netflix HD, backup to Jungle Disk, video chat on skype, download the latest game demos and play COD4 on Xbox 360 all at the same time.

[Via DSl Reports]

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