Verizon Rolling Out 150 Down / 35 Up Mbps Fios Connection Package

imageYesterday Verizon began rolling out a new tier of Fios to eligible subscribers, which Verizon estimates is around 12.5million customers.  This new speed package is 3 times faster than the closest competitor, and the upload speed is sensational.  What about price… I’ll tell you, it ain’t cheap.

Verizon is calling the new service as a standalone 4th tier service that will coexist next to the other 3 speed tiers already in place.  In a Press release Verizon stated that the 150/35 package is priced at “$194.99 a month when purchased with a one-year service agreement and Verizon wireline voice service.”  When you consider the next closest Fios tier is only 50/20 and costs $139.95 a month, the new service option isn’t all that bad.

fios tiers

But, how fast is 150 Mbps down and 35 Mbps up?  A while back we covered the conversion process between Megabits per second (Mbps) and speed that we actually understand –MBps (Megabytes per second).

  • 150 Megabits download = 18.75 Megabytes per second
  • 35 Megabits upload =   4.38 Megabytes per second

If you do the math using these numbers you can figure out exactly how long it would take to download any file, but below are a few examples.  Keep in mind that the advertised 150/35 is only the speed cap, meaning you can’t expect to get the full speed 100% of the time.

FileSizeTime to download at 150 Mbps
Full Length Movie DVD4 Gigabytes3.5 minutes
10 Minute YouTube video100 to 400 Megabytes5 to 21 seconds
Typical website1 Megabyte0.05 seconds

Of course, as mentioned in the previous article, these speeds are just estimates.  You likely won’t be able to find a server that even supports users downloading at these speeds, we’ve come to the point where home connection speeds have become so fast that web companies aren’t able to keep up.


The new tier 4 Fios speed is fast, in fact it is too fast.  With a 150 Mbps download speed most websites will never be able to keep up with you, so you won’t be able to take advantage of this speed.  If the 35Mbps upload speed is what you are after, that might be worth the extra $50 over the 20Mbps in the third tier depending on what you are hosting out of your house.



  1. goLfie

    November 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Great point about the download speed being faster than what most sites will support, I’ve never heard of a web server that will stream data across the net at 18,000 KB per second.

    I think I’ll stick with the more cost effective $64 25up/25down plan. That’s more than enough for all of my downloading and home server hosting, at 1/4 the cost.
    For reference, 25 mbps = 3.1 megabytes per second, a speed I’ve yet to hit from any download servers.

  2. hugh gotit

    August 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I have Verizon 35/35. Cablevision is offering me 50 down/8 up. Which is faster. Cablevision says the they are faster. I don’t think so. Which is faster?

    • Christopher

      June 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

      @ Hugh,

      I have Verizon FiOS mate, and no cable company can touch it. Cable company’s still use copper for their internet. FiOS does too, but only inside your home. You see, Verizon is all optics on the poles outside, cable is not. Cable company’s throttle your connection if you get anywhere near your rated speed, Verizon does not. Do not go cable mate, or you will be extremely dissapointed. 50 down is fast, but you’ll never see that, ever. I get 35 down and I consistently get over 30 every time I test my speed. They offer only 8 up, I get 35 up and, again, consistently get at or over 30. So, all in all, FiOS is the way to go. Also, their 25/25 is good too, and for a fairly cheap price I might add.

      • Steve Krause

        June 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        FIOS vs. Cable — Cable is a shared media, FIOS is not. FIOS is a dedicated pipe so you get everything you pay for. In my opinion, you just can’t beat FIOS from a home service standpoint.

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