Thursday, Comcast is planning to announce a new residential service so fast that by the time you finish reading this post, you could already have downloaded an entire movie. Their calling the service Extreme 105, and it’s rolling out nation-wide. Despite the fancy new name and plan, Comcast still has some catching up to do if they want to match the Verizon/Frontier top tier FiOS speed (Though, Comcast has two advantages; price(?) and availability.
The new Extreme 105 service will provide download speeds of up to 105 Mbps and a 10 Mbps upload. The service will be available starting in June. According to a bill update that was sent out in March, Extreme 105 will cost $199.95 per month and have a one-time $249.00 installation fee. However, USA Today recently reported that the price would be $105 per month on a 12-month contract as part of a triple-play bundle; no mention of an installation fee. We’ll have to wait for the official announcement to see if they’ve updated the price or not.
UPDATE: According to the official press release the price will be $105 per month in a triple-play package. Also, the package is available to 40 million customers across the U.S. starting today.
Verizon currently offers a Tier 4 FiOS plan that boasts 150 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload. Their monthly rate is $199.99 with free installation. The main problem with FiOS is that it only offers coverage to a fraction of the customers that Comcast does.
So, what do you think? Is 105 Mbps too fast, or not fast enough? You can use Google as a calculator to figure out exactly how long any given downloads will take at the speed. I think 105 Mbps download sounds great, but the 10 Mbps upload speed leaves a lot to be desired.