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Internet Speed - 25 mbps vs 50 mbps - Comcast vs Frontier (Fios)

dealhunter85 299 December 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM
I guess I really need to bounce this off someone and thought I would try posting here. We currently have Fronter Fios (formally Verizon) for Internet (35 up and down), TV (Complete package with Showtime, HD, DVR) and phone (which is not actually plugged in). We pay a ridiculous small amount of $110 total a month. The thing is we are looking at saving more money and we really don’t use the TV much as we primarlly use Netflix, Hulu + and Vudu from our Roku 3.

It’s hard to give up the Slickdeal we have, but we can save more and get rid of what we don’t use. We are looking to go internet only.

For our large usage we stream Netflix, Hulu and Vudu all in HD. We also use Skype on our TV. Sometimes we have two TV’s going at once if we want to watch our own movie. We would like to keep our speeds at least as high to stream HD/HDX to two TV’s at once.

With Frontier, I can keep the 35 plan but at $59.99 a month. The 25 plan is $49.99 a month.

I can also switch to Comcast. They have two options I am considering, both show no contact and price guarantee for 1 year and include some TV which I consider a throw in.

A) Internet Plus - $39.99
1. Speeds up to 25 mbps
2. 10 + Channels
3. HBO Included
4. Streampix
5. On Demand

B) Blast Plus - $49.99
1. Speeds up to 50 mbps
2. 45 + Channels
3. Streampix
4. Says HBO – But all reps (chat and phone) say that is not correct
5. On Demand

I am leaning towards switching to Comcast option B. I would be saving 50% over what I currently pay, and I would have an internet speed increase. I also have a compatible 3.0 modem. If I do switch to Comcast, I am sure I would switch back after a year if I couldn't get better pricing after the promotion ends.

I guess my questions are do we need 50 mbps for our usage? $10 is not much more a month, and we would still be saving money.

Which would you chose? Say with Frontier and chose and select from their internet plans? Switch to Comcast, and which option?

Thanks!

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Option B will probably not only give you higher bandwidth, it probably also gives you a higher monthly data transfer allocation.

If you switch all of your TV viewing from traditional TV / cable to internet, you will need more data transfer allocation.

Don't know Frontier so can't give advice there.

FWIF $110 seems pretty reasonable. I pay $190 per month for 2 DVRs, basic cable with a small add-on (for History channel, discovery science, national geographic, etc the "learning channels"), phone, and 50mbps internet. $110 seems like a steal for what you have.

Life is short, TV is one of the few pleasures I do partake from time to time, to watch new and interesting learning types of shows ( I don't watch HBO or any TV reality show junk or drama stuff that has no educational value), so for me I do choose to pay more to have the TV content.
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Thanks. Yeah, that is the hard part, giving up the price we pay. $110 is a complete steal. Our monthly credits are actually higher than our actual bill. The slickdealer in me does not want to give it up. The other slickdealer part of me says, why pay for something if you don’t use it.

There might be one or two shows we watch with cable, so we could remove that completely and it would not be missed.

I did read that Comcast (at least in my area) did away with the bandwith cap.

I would be fine with option A, but I am concerned that we would see buffering or hiccups with our usage.
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I did read that Comcast (at least in my area) did away with the bandwith cap.
In my area, comcast upped the cap to 300GB and will charge $10 for every 50GB over (I think)

So don't rely on that info staying static
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In my area, comcast upped the cap to 300GB and will charge $10 for every 50GB over (I think)

So don't rely on that info staying static
Thanks. Yeah, I see that they are "testing" this in certain markets and will probably expand it. If that happens to me, I will just change if needed.
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Won't that Comcast deal expire in like a year and then you'll be left with a big huge fat bill?
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Won't that Comcast deal expire in like a year and then you'll be left with a big huge fat bill?
Sure will. I will call and see if they have something else. If not, I will switch again.
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My concern switching to Comcast would be it's a shared cable connection. Your going from dedicated fiber to shared cable. So when all the kids come home from school and get online your speed drops, and then when the adults come home again your speed drops. In my area the cable provider is oversubscribed so speeds really took a hit, nothing you can really do or they can do besides split nodes which is expensive and time consuming. Its not that way in every area but that would be my concern. Throw in bandwidth caps with comcast and I am not a fan.

I would look at the cheaper fiber plan. Still very fast for streaming 2 HD streams.
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I would not switch to Comcast, for many reasons:

1) You've got something that works reliably. It works!
2) Comcast Blast! just gives you brief speed surges, then slows way, way down. So they aren't as fast as they say.
3) Switching to Comcast means new install fee, new equipment, etcetera.
4) You never know how many fees Comcast will tack on, like modem rental and other mystery fees, until you get your bill.
5) Comcast's price will go up.
6) Comcast does not have very good customer service.

Since you can get Frontier service for $49.99 with no BS, I think you should switch to that.
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Thanks everyone. Not 100% sure on what I am going to do yet, but I appreciate the replies.
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I would not switch to Comcast, for many reasons:

1) You've got something that works reliably. It works!
2) Comcast Blast! just gives you brief speed surges, then slows way, way down. So they aren't as fast as they say.
3) Switching to Comcast means new install fee, new equipment, etcetera.
4) You never know how many fees Comcast will tack on, like modem rental and other mystery fees, until you get your bill.
5) Comcast's price will go up.
6) Comcast does not have very good customer service.

Since you can get Frontier service for $49.99 with no BS, I think you should switch to that.
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Thanks everyone. Not 100% sure on what I am going to do yet, but I appreciate the replies.
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Sure will. I will call and see if they have something else. If not, I will switch again.
I don't have experience with Comcast, but Cablevision does nothing for anyone - until you switch, then they beg to have you back. At least with Fios I can call and get on some other bundle/package when the term expires.

Also I haven't heard much good about Comcast - ie. bandwidth caps, etc. Plus cable is never a guarantee, though I guess given a lot of people have switched off cable, maybe they have a bit more spare capacity these days.
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My concern switching to Comcast would be it's a shared cable connection. Your going from dedicated fiber to shared cable. So when all the kids come home from school and get online your speed drops, and then when the adults come home again your speed drops. In my area the cable provider is oversubscribed so speeds really took a hit, nothing you can really do or they can do besides split nodes which is expensive and time consuming. Its not that way in every area but that would be my concern. Throw in bandwidth caps with comcast and I am not a fan.

I would look at the cheaper fiber plan. Still very fast for streaming 2 HD streams.
I had that issue until optimum/cablevision upgraded my modem to an Arris modem that is Docsis 3.0. I get consistent speeds all day long.....
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Quote from dealhunter85 View Post :
I guess I really need to bounce this off someone and thought I would try posting here. We currently have Fronter Fios (formally Verizon) for Internet (35 up and down), TV (Complete package with Showtime, HD, DVR) and phone (which is not actually plugged in). We pay a ridiculous small amount of $110 total a month. The thing is we are looking at saving more money and we really don’t use the TV much as we primarlly use Netflix, Hulu + and Vudu from our Roku 3.

It’s hard to give up the Slickdeal we have, but we can save more and get rid of what we don’t use. We are looking to go internet only.

For our large usage we stream Netflix, Hulu and Vudu all in HD. We also use Skype on our TV. Sometimes we have two TV’s going at once if we want to watch our own movie. We would like to keep our speeds at least as high to stream HD/HDX to two TV’s at once.

With Frontier, I can keep the 35 plan but at $59.99 a month. The 25 plan is $49.99 a month.

I can also switch to Comcast. They have two options I am considering, both show no contact and price guarantee for 1 year and include some TV which I consider a throw in.

A) Internet Plus - $39.99
1. Speeds up to 25 mbps
2. 10 + Channels
3. HBO Included
4. Streampix
5. On Demand

B) Blast Plus - $49.99
1. Speeds up to 50 mbps
2. 45 + Channels
3. Streampix
4. Says HBO – But all reps (chat and phone) say that is not correct
5. On Demand

I am leaning towards switching to Comcast option B. I would be saving 50% over what I currently pay, and I would have an internet speed increase. I also have a compatible 3.0 modem. If I do switch to Comcast, I am sure I would switch back after a year if I couldn't get better pricing after the promotion ends.

I guess my questions are do we need 50 mbps for our usage? $10 is not much more a month, and we would still be saving money.

Which would you chose? Say with Frontier and chose and select from their internet plans? Switch to Comcast, and which option?

Thanks!
Although I have Comcast's Blast Plus, I would recommend you keep the fiber you have. I don't have bad speeds I get 50Mbps steady, never had an issue with shared cable and I torrent and sync my home servers and VPS. The reason I say don't go Comcast is because the bill will eventually go up, and you may not be able to find a good deal in time. And the hassle of switching doesn't seem worth it in this case.
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comcast will be slow,its hard to measure as its boost speed for 30 seconds

then speed drops back

also at end month,comcast trottles speed if you use more than 2gb

i would go with fiber


comcast basic cable is pretty crap
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