It was just a whim, to look at the Verizon FIOS website to see if we qualified for any new promotional contract deals. The Verizon FIOS deal we wound up with is so amazing, I have to share it with you.
Our original two-year FIOS triple play contract (phone, Internet & cable TV) expired this past June, and our promotional price went up by $10 per month. In this original packaging, the ‘triple play’ portion was $95, which was the Extreme HD channel package plus $32 for the full movie package — Mr. Not-So-Frugal cannot live without ALL the movie channels. We were rewarded with a $150 prepaid Visa debit card for going under contract for 2 years. After the contract expired, the pricing went up $10, for a package total of $137. We’re still charged for the DVR & set-top boxes we have in the house, along with all the requisite taxes and fees.
When I looked on the Verizon FIOS website, I saw that we could upgrade to the Ultimate HD channel package which includes more channels and all the movie channels except for Starz and HBO, which would cost extra. The internet and phone service would also be upgraded to be faster and include more features. The total would be $135 for the package with a 2-year contract. The kicker? A $300 prepaid Visa debit card just for committing to 2 years of service.
As I tried to figure out how much more it would be to include HBO & Starz in the package, I saw that there was another special promotion, including those two premium channels at the same price. It seemed too good to be true, so I started a live chat with a Verizon customer service representative, who was very nice and confirmed the HBO/Starz channels would be included in the pricing.
So not only will we be paying $2 less a month, we’ll have nearly 100 more channels (crazy talk), faster Internet service (from 10/2 mbps to 25/25 mbps), and the new digital voice phone service with upgraded features.
Old month-to-month package:
- $137/month for phone, TV & Internet
- $150 prepaid Visa debit card
New promotional 2-year package
- $135/month for phone, TV & Internet
- $300 prepaid Visa debit card
I feel like we hit the jackpot. These are internet prices, so we got a great deal. Plus, it’s so much easier to order this stuff online, rather than talk on the phone to someone who’s just trying to upsell you.