When we initially signed up for Verizon’s FiOS service, there were a number of features that had us interested. The additional channels (including HD), the higher bandwidth, and the ability to save an extra $50 a month for two years. Of all these things, saving $50 was great. Inside, the inner geek hungered for faster downloands and uploads. Even with their so-called PowerBoost, Comcast offered up to 1 Mbps and uploads up to 384 Kbps. Verizon’s low-end FiOS bandwidth plan offered 10 Mbps downstream, 2 Mbps upstream. Seriously, there’s no comparison.
About a month after our FiOS service was installed, Verizon upped the bandwidth for all plans, and the low-end was now 15 Mbps downstream, and 5 Mbps upstream. I called Verizon, but they wouldn’t automatically bump me up. If I wanted it, I would have to pay an additional $2 per month, and extend my initial contract an additional two months. My wife, who doesn’t understand the coolness (dorkiness?) of having an even bigger pipe did not see the need, and rightfully shut me down.
Tonight, I called Verizon up again to inquire, and I used my shmoozing powers on the FiOS rep. And? He upgraded me to the 15/5 plan, no additional cost. When I got home, I power cycled the Actiontec router, and hit DSLReports for their speed test.
Results? See below. I haven’t tried uploading or downloading large files yet, but browsing is actually noticibly faster.