We had high speed internet with Verizon, and, well, it wasn’t very fast. I was apparently at the outer perimeter of a power station, so we didn’t have a good connection. We’ve been thinking about getting Verizon Fios to speed things up and save a lot of valuable time. Fios had become available in our area of NYC, and I was selected to be a test-drive mom and review Verizon Fios, giving me the opportunity to try out their triple play package, including phone, internet, and tv.
I’m a blogger, so I use my computer every day (for a large portion of each day) and I am much happier with the speed of my Verizon Fios internet. I don’t feel like I’m waiting all day for pages to load. It’s almost instant most of the time, making all my online work more efficient, so I can spend more time doing what is important and multi-task online.
There are two sites I use on a regular basis that would load very slowly, and would sometimes freeze my other open screens in the meantime. One was iTunes (downloading podcasts for a week’s worth of programs) and the other was for a employer with flash on his homepage. For some reason, these took forever. The response time for the page to load is now the same as any other website page, so we think Fios Internet is something we will definitely keep at the end of our test-drive with Verizon Fios.
Verizon Fios TV
The biggest change for us was Verizon Fios TV, since we aren’t typically big TV watchers. In addition to hundreds of channels, including HD channels that feature crisp, high-defition, we now have access to HBO, Cinemax, ShowTime, programming on demand, and more. There are interactive “widgets” that turn your TV into social media, allowing you to access twitter, facebook, stream YouTube videos, and a lot more. My husband loves the weather on demand feature and uses it almost every day before work. It gives up-to-date weather reports within a minute of turning on the TV.
Personally, I was most excited about using Verizon DVR to tape the Bachelorette, since my husband doesn’t like being forced to watch it late into the night on our one TV in the house. The DVR lets me tape it to watch when I want, and has a smart feature that records shows I want to see even if there is a change in date and time- Verizon Fios DVR finds the show, even if I wasn’t aware of the change. Then, when hubby is at work and little man is sleeping, I can catch up on the episodes.
Due to the set-up of our apartment and where we had to put the Verizon Fios router, we weren’t able to try out the phone, but if you do consider getting the Verizon phone service, here are some great perks you should know about: their phones work with fiber optics, so no one can tap into your phone, have access to your private conversations, and voice clarity is greatly improved. If you also have the tv service, your tv can display the caller’s id when someone calls you.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the features and sharing them, so stay tuned for more posts. Verizon Fios isn’t available everywhere, but you can check here to see if it’s in your area yet at Verizon Fios Availability: .
I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Verizon FiOS and received a free trial of the products and services necessary to facilitate my review.