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Verizon FiOS now charging whopping $5 per card

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by headless chicken, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I've been noticing a promo on Verizon's website that caught my interest so I finally bit the bullet last week and signed up for it. If you commit to a 2-year contract you can lock in the current rates with no price increase. You also get a discount for the 2-year agreement. I signed up and locked in my landline phone, internet, and FIOS TV service for $125 per month. As a bonus, they bumped up my internet download speed from 20Mbps to 50Mbps as part of the package. There are a few other extra features I didn't have before, but I need to check and see what they're all about. One has to do with digital voice mail or something along those lines.
  2. hooper

    hooper Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    Hardware rental fees are no longer locked in or guaranteed in their contracts. In theory they could offer you a cable card for free for 1 month and then jack the price up to $15/mo. Also if you move out of the Fios service area, then you pay the ETF on what remains of the 2 year contract. They used to waive it, now you pay it no matter what.

    I will never again sign a contract with Verizon.
  3. synch22

    synch22 New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    Rolled off S3 and HD with lifetime to roamio and 2 minis

    Lifetime TiVos will fetch $225-250. Covers the minis at least. Good luck roamio is light years ahead of theS3 models.
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I'll need to check it out. I wouldn't mind signing a two year deal to keep my current rate of $150 a month for 150/65 Internet, ultimate HD, and digital voice.
    Was the deal just listed somewhere on the website?
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    That's no different than what any provider will offer. Most of them will offer you an introductory rate and lock you in for one or two years and then jack up the rates when the period expires. That's just the way the game is played.

    I used to feel the same way about DirecTV (and still do). However, I won't be going anywhere for at least two years and Verizon FIOS gives me the best TV and internet package vs. any other provider so I have no problem signing a contract if it keeps my costs down.

    Obviously, this could be a problem for anyone that may be more transient than me.

    Case in point - I used to lose the TV signal with DirecTV and Comcast anytime the weather got severe. I've never had a TV service outage in the six years or so that I've been with Verizon, except when we lost power, which has only happened a few times due to severe storms. No other provider can offer the same internet speeds that Verizon provides.
  6. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    You want sympathy?

    Comcast was changing me over $12 a month per card, with an $8 outlet fee for the second card in the same TiVo.

    That's why I no longer have Comcast.
  7. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    That's unusual for Comcast, but I guess it varies with your location. Most Comcast users report getting the first card for free and each additional card for as little as $1.50 per month.

    I dropped Comcast TV service over 15 years ago but I got gouged for their wideband internet for about 10 years while I had DirecTV because it was the fastest around. When FIOS came to my area I couldn't drop Comcast fast enough.
  8. jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Comcast charged me a ridiculous fee for the card and an outlet fee on top of that. This FiOS increase sucks, but it's still better than Comcast ever was for me.
  9. headless chicken

    headless chicken Member

    Oct 8, 2004
  10. bmgoodman

    bmgoodman Member

    Dec 20, 2000
    Comcast seems to have no qualms disregarding their policy. Believe me, I tried and tried and escalated, and *still* I'm paying ridiculous "outlet charges", including 2 for one Series 3.

    I gave up, finally. I plan to get one Roamio Pro and do away with the other Tivos and ditch the little digital tuner for a mini.

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