By Jim Kimble / Updated April 25, 2022
This guide outlines all of your options for Verizon Fios Internet plans, and includes details on some of the fine print you need to know before deciding whether to sign up for service.
Table of Contents
- What is Verizon Fios?
- How much is Verizon Fios Internet?
- Fios Wi-Fi Router: Buying vs Renting
- Verizon Fios 300Mbs Plan
- Verizon Fios 500 Mbps Plan
- Verizon Fios Gigabit Internet Plan
- Where is Verizon Fios Internet available?
- Verizon 5G Home Internet Cities
- Does Verizon Fios Internet have a data cap?
- Verizon Fios Internet alternatives
- Is Verizon Fios Internet a good deal?
- Plans & Pricing: Fios Internet
What is Verizon Fios?
Verizon Fios was initially known for its bundled TV, Internet and telephone service. But now more people are opting for standalone Fios Internet because they are cutting the cord from traditional cable TV and satellite services.
In November 2020, Verizon Consumer CEO Ronan Dunne acknowledged that the company’s pay TV service wasn’t nearly as profitable as it used to be.
“So we are leaning into cord-shaving and cord-cutting unequivocally,” Dunne told the virtual Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
How much is Verizon Fios Internet?
Verizon Fios Internet is priced between $39.99 per month and $89.99 per month.
There are no contracts with standalone Fios Internet. Taxes are not included in the quoted price. If you read the fine print, auto-pay and paperless billing is also required to get the lowest price with any Fios Internet plan.
By ordering Fios internet service online – regardless of what Internet plan you order – you will also be able to avoid a $99 setup charge.
Verizon does have a promotional rate for standalone Internet service that increases after a 12- or 24-month period. The company’s promotions have been centered on free trials of streaming services, gift cards and other perks.
Fios Wi-Fi Router: Buying vs Renting
Verizon Fios charges an additional $15 per month to rent one of their fiber-optic routers. Fiber internet operates through an optical network terminal (ONT) instead of a cable modem.
To avoid the $15 rental fee, you have the option of using your own Wi-Fi router.
After signing up for service, I learned that you don’t need a Fios-compatible Wi-Fi router as you have in the past. While going through the online sign-up process, you can choose an option to use your own router.
The service technicians installed an ONT, and explained to me that you no longer need a Fios-compatible router. During the install, the technicians will run a test to make sure your Wi-Fi router is working properly with the Fios-installed terminal.
When I helped my parents transition from a Verizon bundle a few years ago, I bought a refurbished Verizon Fios router from an established seller on eBay for about $40. After roughly three years of service, it is still going strong.
Verizon will also sell you a new router for $299.99.
Here is a current breakdown for Fios internet plans in 2022.
|Plan||Price||Download speed||Upload speed|
|Fios Gigabit Connection||$89.99/mo||Up to 940 Mbps||Up to 880Mbps|
Verizon Fios 300Mbs Plan
This entry-level Internet plan costs $39.99 per month, and is designed with download speeds capable of streaming, downloading movies, and watching live TV online.
According to Verizon’s own internal network testing of Internet speeds the 300/300 Mbps fiber-optic Fios plan is designed to deliver 300Mbps of download speed. Customers also get 300Mbps upload speed.
This plan should give you plenty of download bandwidth for streaming movies, TV shows from apps such as Netflix. Most live TV services require a download speed of 5Mbps to 25Mbps.
As of December 2021, the download speed clocked in at 307.96 Mbps. This plan also has 300Mbps upload speed which came in at 323.99, according to Verizon. Latency was reported at 7.16 milliseconds.
Plan perks for 300Mbps plan
- Disney+ Bundle for 6 months, includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on-demand.
Verizon says that after the 6-month free trials end, you will be auto-billed for the Disney+ bundle, which costs $13.99 per month. You can cancel the streaming services in advance before being auto-billed.
You can easily check whether Fios Internet is available in your area by clicking on the “check availability” button on Verizon’s home page under the 200/200 plan.
Verizon Fios 500 Mbps Plan
The 500/500 Mbps fiber-optic plan costs $64.99 per month, and is designed for multiple Internet users within a larger household.
It is also for homes that are streaming on more than one screen at a time and sharing large files over a home Wi-Fi network.
If you need a slightly more robust Internet connection for gaming, this may be a good plan to consider, especially if you are willing to use an Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi.
Verizon’s own internal testing rated download speeds at 517.74 Mbps, and uploads at 553 Mbps with a latency of 8.86 milliseconds.
Plan perks for 500Mbps plan
- Disney+ Bundle for 6 months, includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on-demand.
Just like with the 300/300 Mbps plan, once the 6-month free trials end for the Disney+ bundle, you will be auto-billed. The Disney+ bundle costs $13.99 per month. You can cancel the streaming services in advance before being auto-billed.
You can easily check whether Fios Internet is available in your area by clicking on the “check availability” button on Verizon’s home page under the 500/500 plan.
Verizon Fios Gigabit Internet Plan
The Gigabit connection plan costs $89.99 per month, and has speeds up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload.
This plan is suited for PC gamers, large file transfers and households that need more overall speed.
Verizon’s own speed testing rated the Gigabit plan as having download speeds of 929.54 Mbps download speed, and 912.22 Mbps upload speed with a latency of 8.86 milliseconds.
Plan perks for Gigabit plan
- Whole-Home Wi-Fi (router rental included)
- Disney+ Bundle for 12 months, includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on-demand.
- Fios Router rental included: 1 Whole-Home WiFi Router and 1 Wi-Fi extender (if needed)
- 2TB Verizon Cloud Storage included ($14.99 per month value)
You will be auto-billed for the Disney+ bundle ($13.99 per month) once the 12-month free trials end. You can cancel these streaming services through Verizon before getting billed.
You can easily check whether Fios Internet is available in your area by clicking on the “check availability” button on Verizon’s home page under the Gigabit connection plan.
Where is Verizon Fios Internet available?
Verizon Fios is currently offering standalone Internet in 9 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
Fios Internet is also available in the District of Columbia.
In areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Verizon offers a couple of different Fios Internet plans. There is a 300/300 Internet plan for $39.99 per month. And there is a 500/500 plan for $64.99 per month.
ABOUT THE MAP: The highlighted states show where Verizon Fios is available. The icons are cities where Verizon 5G Home Internet is available. This map is based on information from Verizon’s Fios and Wireless websites, and may not be 100 percent accurate.
Verizon 5G Home Internet Cities
There are 51 cities that currently get Verizon 5G Home Internet, which is another option to consider if you want high-speed Internet, but don’t live within Verizon’s coverage area for Fios Internet. You can easily check for availability in your city or town.
Does Verizon Fios Internet have a data cap?
No. Verizon Fios Internet has no data caps.
Verizon Fios Internet alternatives
Internet service is becoming more competitive as families transition away from bundling cable TV service into streaming and using TV antennas.
With more people working from home, the competition among Internet service providers will likely increase. Cable TV providers such as Comcast are now offering lower introductory rates starting at about $29.99 per month.
Here are a few more fiber optic ISPs.
Is Verizon Fios Internet a good deal?
The prices and plans offered by Verizon Fios are about the same or slightly lower than competing Internet service providers.
Verizon’s Fios Internet has three plans, giving customers options with how much they want to spend to get connected online.
Overall, the 300/300 Mbps plan for $39.99 per month is likely the best deal for most people with common streaming TV and computer use.
The best way to get a deal from Verizon Fios is to own your own Fios router. A router rental costs an extra $15 per month, so owning your own equipment quickly pays for itself.
Plans & Pricing: Fios Internet
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble