Yesterday 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.
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.
|File||Size||Time to download at 150 Mbps|
|Full Length Movie DVD||4 Gigabytes||3.5 minutes|
|10 Minute YouTube video||100 to 400 Megabytes||5 to 21 seconds|
|Typical website||1 Megabyte||0.05 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.