The cable TV company, at least for its Southern California region, says its service is cheaper than rival Verizon FiOS. Time Warner offered me this handy chart, put together by its competitive research team:
How much is your monthly bill for TV, Internet and phone?
What? Time Warner is $68 cheaper per month than FiOS? I had to check this out myself.
Surprise: Time Warner is cheaper! But only by about $10 a month, depending on the plan. But, adds Verizon, you can’t really compare services since Verizon offers nearly 100 HD channels plus Internet service that is almost twice as fast as Time Warner’s.
“As usual Time Warner is playing fast and loose with the facts,” said Jon Davies, a Verizon spokesman.
First, Davies points out that Time Warner compares Internet and TV service packages first, and then later adds in phone service. This overlooks Verizon’s best deal of bundling the three services, at $110, which shaves $10 off the monthly price. Time Warner’s calculation also doesn’t include any sort of promotions for FiOS, such as one that offers no DVR charge for three months. Time Warner’s $99 price is a promotional price good for one year before it jumps to $119.99.
Then there’s the $49 activation fee, which FiOS charges for Internet service. But it’s a one-time fee and not recurring monthly one. That alone brings the price down to $150 for Verizon.
Verizon filled in its own figures for me and offered a chart that looks like this:
FiOS plans: GOOD BETTER BEST Basic triple play $109.99(15/5 Mbps, 12 HD) $119.99(25/15 Mbps, 82 HD) $129.99(25/15 Mbps, 94 HD) HD DVR $19.99 $19.99 $19.99 Internet Security Suite $5.99 $5.99 $5.99 Subtotal $135.97 $145.97 $155.97 Federal Access Charge $5.53 $5.53 $5.53 Total Monthly Fee $141.50 $151.50 $161.50
Either way, both seem to be hefty monthly bills for any consumer to pay, in my opinion. But people really love TV and we can’t live without high-speed Internet, right?
Time Warner and other cable companies have been actively pursuing consumers in neighborhoods where Verizon FiOS is rolling out its fiber-based TV service. Tough competition was cited as a reason why Verizon slowed new expansion in some cities in order to concentrate in areas where service was already available.
No tricks here, says Darryl Ryan, Time Warner’s director of media relations.
“It is important for customers to know that each and every one of our campaigns are not only informational, but they are also factual,” he said.
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