updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon June 18, 2012
Verizon FiOS Quantum offers even faster connections
Verizon has revealed its latest high-speed Internet service, FiOS Quantum. The latest update to the service offers users on the top plan or service speeds of up to 300Mbps down and 65Mbps up. On a two-year contract, the price for FiOS Quantum is $205 a month, or $210 without a contract for what Verizon is calling the 'the fastest mass scale residential service in the US.'
According to Verizon, users on the top plan can download a 2-hour long high definition movie in just 2.2 minutes. Its fiber optic connection allows up to 14 devices in one household to share the connection. Users choosing the 150/65 plan will still be able to download the same 2-hour high-def movie in 4.4 minutes, while users on the 75/35 service ($145/month) will get it in 8.9 minutes. Users on the entry 50/25 service ($120/month) will have downloaded the movie in 13.3 minutes.
Some early adopters of the original fiber optic service will need to have their hardware upgraded, while others may end up paying more for their current plan without any speed boost. For example, users on a 15/5 service will now pay $10 a month more without any benefit in a move no doubt designed to encourage customers on to the next tier.