There are many service providers available to provide you with television, telephone and internet. They can bring it to your home and/or office as a single unit or as part of a bundle. Last time we compared AT&T Uverse vs Comcast XFINITY, and today we are doing the same thing with Verizon FiOS and Comcast XFINITY.
Among the multimedia service providers, Verizon FiOS is one of the newer kids on the block, although its “parent,” the Verizon network, has been around since 1983 as Bell Atlantic. It had approximately 3.1 million customers in 2009 with 2.0 million signed up for FiOS TV. The ability to increase the numbers depends on the company’s wiliness to install the proper equipment while keeping the costs low.
Verizon FiOS exists for providing television, telephone and internet services to its customers. What differentiates it from other such service providers is its technology. Verizon FiOS uses fiber optic technology to deliver what is considered by many to be fast, clean and consistent service. This contrasts to cable providers offering DSL services. Yet, as noted above, Verizon FiOS suffers from a lack of immediate availability. Not all regions of the United States can obtain Verizon FiOS. In this, it differs from such broadband cable providers as Qwest and Comcast, but is similar to the digital services of Comcast XFINITY.
Comcast XFINITY is a child born from rebranding necessity. It is not a new company. It is a new brand name for the latest technological implementations by Comcast, a cable and internet giant, founded in 1963. For instance, with Comcast, you can purchase a Comcast Triple Play bundle; with Comcast XFINITY it is an XFINITY Triple Play bundle. The content is virtually the same – a combination of television, internet and telephone services, but the delivery technology is digital.
The other differentiation between Comcast products and services and Comcast INFINITY is current availability. In the future, Comcast hopes all XFINITY products and services will be in place across the United States. For now, however, the range of Comcast XFINITY is very limited. In fact, this is a major problem with both Comcast XFINITY and Verizon FiOS. Undoubtedly, the markets will expand as the need is there. When this occurs, both company “brands” will battle it out for a larger share of the market. Currently both are in a similar situation: limited in their geographic boundaries, although Verizon FiOs seems to be reaching more places than Comcast XFINITY.
Technophiles can argue for days about the relative merits of Comsat XFINITY vs Verizon FiOS technology. It may not matter if you do not live in an area where service is available from either provider. There are no major price differences for bundles. You can always save a few dollars if you opt for a bundle and/or look for a special. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference if, to state it one more time, you happen to live in an area where you can choose between either provider. Plus, you cannot forget about other providers that offer similar services in your area. One of them is AT&T U-verse. With AT&T Uverse you get high speed Internet, TV, and VoIP Voice over fiber combined with copper lines at the end of the termination node.