How does AT&T compare to Verizon Fios internet?
You probably recognize Verizon and AT&T as two of the biggest names in internet service. That’s no surprise since both have millions of customers throughout the United States. Another thing the two internet service providers (ISPs) have in common is that both provide fiber internet services, with the top AT&T speed vs. Verizon coming in at 1000Mbps.
However, there are also some key differences to know, especially if you’re trying to choose between Verizon Fios and AT&T fiber for internet services.
Who AT&T and Verizon Fios internet are for
Fiber internet is the fastest option available, so it’s an excellent fit for individuals and families who need high speeds. If you have household members who work or attend school online, play games, or stream content on multiple devices, fiber is the way to go.
Verizon Fios is a great option for households within its limited coverage area that require high speeds for heavy video streaming and online gaming. For those living in the Verizon Fios geographic footprint, the service is a high-quality and affordable option.
AT&T fiber service is one of the more cost-effective options for gigabit internet speed. The $80/month pricing is very affordable compared to most competitors. Reviewing the AT&T fiber coverage area shows this plan is a solid choice for households in the Mid-West and Southeast.
Comparison of internet services
When it comes to fiber internet plans, the two companies have very comparable offerings. AT&T fiber plans range from 300Mbps to 5000Mbps with a price range of $80 to $180/month. AT&T’s fiber plans have no data cap, and the required equipment is included at no extra charge.
Verizon Fios plans begin at 300Mbps and top out at 1000Mbps, and there is no data cap. Pricing on these plans ranges from $39.99 to $89.99/month*. While Verizon has a $15 equipment fee for its 300Mbps and 500Mbps plans, customers can provide their own equipment and avoid this added cost. Also, Verizon automatically waives this fee for customers on the Gigabit plan.
Although their fiber packages are similar, Verizon and AT&T do not compete directly. Verizon’s Fios is available in eight different Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, while AT&T offers fiber in the Mid-west, Southeast, and much of California.
What others say about AT&T and Verizon Fios internet
Verizon Fios reviews
Verizon Fios tied with AT&T for top customer service rankings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) with a score of 71 out of 100.
Verizon earned the highest customer service score from J.D. Power among ISPs with a 758 out of 1,000 and ranked #1 in the East region.
AT&T fiber is best for people in urban areas who need high upload speeds, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the company plans to expand its fiber footprint to three million more households in 90 markets.
AT&T ranks highest in the recent J.D. Power customer satisfaction study in South and North Central regions and second in the West region.
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*Pricing varies by location and availability. Speeds may vary. All prices subject to change; for current pricing and availability visit our internet service page. Prices as of 1/12/22.
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