Should You Choose Verizon Fios or Cox Cable?

Verizon FiOS and Cox Communications Logos

If you're shopping for internet and have the options between Cox and Verizon FiOS, you've got an interesting choice ahead of you.

Verizon FiOS is the nations largest fiber optic provider, while Cox Communications is the 4th largest cable provider.

To help you make an informed decision we've spent about 8 hours sifting through the fine print and collecting the full details to do a good comparison of what to expect from FiOS and Cox.

At the end of this article you'll also find our recommendations on which provider might be right for you.

Which Provider is Right For You?

After more than 5 years of comparing broadband providers, you being to notice some patterns. While the promotions and deals from each company may change from time to time, below are our recommendations on which provider is right for you and your family.

Price Shoppers — Where To Find The Best Deals

If you're someone who is shopping soley on the price of a double or triple play, then both companies generally have the same (or close to the same) offers.

Sure a few times a year, FiOS will run deals (we try to keep this page updated) to undercut their competition, but as a general rule, they're both priced about the same.

The best way to see which has the better price is to manually visit each provider.

Here are the pages you'll want to check:

Heavy Internet Users & Gamers — Choose FiOS

If you are someone that uses the internet a lot, then FiOS is your best bet. Maybe you work from home, maybe you play a lot of video games online, or maybe you just watch a ton of Hulu and Netflix.

Whatever category you fall into, FiOS is the clear choice for faster and reliable internet.

While I could bore you to death with how and why a fiber optic connection is better, just know that if you choose FiOS you'll have the fastest (widely available) connection around. Sure you could pay $1000+ a month and get a faster business connection, but FiOS is still BLAZING fast.

TV Lovers — Choose FiOS

If your family watches a lot of TV, then you may want to look into which specific channels you watch the most of and how many TVs you need to connect.

While FiOS does have a nifty whole home DVR that can record 12 channels at once, most families won't need that capability.

So depending on how many TVs you need to connect, Cox may be cheaper.

That said, if it was my choice, I'd choose FiOS as a no brainer because their internet connection is soo much better and since it's priced the same you might as well get that as a bonus.

Head to Head Comparison

Verizon Fios

Cox Cable

December 2018: discount offer No offer available.

Lowest Triple Play Price

    • Price: $79.99/Mo for 12 months
    • Internet Service: up to 940/880 Mbps
    • TV Service: custom channel packs (includes 40+ in HD)
    • Phone: Unlimited nationwide calling with many calling features including
    • Voice Mail, Caller ID and Call Waiting.

      Lowest Triple Play Price

      • Price: $79.99/Mo for 12 months
      • Internet: 5 Mbps Download
      • TV: Up to 125+ Channels
      • Phone: Unlimited Local Calling

      Television Service

      • Total Channels: Over 420 channels
      • HD Channels: Over 135 channels 
      • Music Channels: 50 Music Choice
      • DVR Service Cost: $12.00/Mo
      • Additional Receiver Cost: $12/mo ( Advanced Receiver Service fee)
      • Video on Demand: Yes

      Television Service

      • Standard Channels: 380+
      • HD Channels: 181 Channels
      • Music: 116 Music Channels
      • HBO Cost: $10.00/Mo for 6 months (Reg. Price: $15.99)
      • DVR Cost: $8.50 per month + service fee
      • Additional Receiver Cost: $8.50/Mo (Digital Receiver)
      • Video on Demand: Basic Included

      Internet Service

        • 940/880 Mbps – $79.99/Mo
        • 500/500 Mbps – $74.99/Mo
        • 100/100 Mbps -- $39.99/Mo†

          Internet Service

          • 150 Mbps Down / 20 Mbps Up - $99.99/Mo
          • 100 Mbps Down / 10 Mbps Up - $73.99/Mo
          • 50 Mbps Down / 5 Mbps Up - $62.99/Mo
          • 5 Mbps Down / 1 Mbps up - $48.99/Mo

          Phone Service

            • Unlimited Calls – $44.99/Mo
            • Per Minute Plan -- $14.99/Mo
            • Verizon World Plan 300 -- $14.99 /Mo
            • Verizon World Plan 500 -- $19.99 /Mo

              Phone Service

              • Unlimited local calling - $16.99/Mo
              • Unlimited local calling + 4 features - $23.99/Mo
              • Unlimited nationwide calling - $29.99/Mo
              • Additional Line - $9.99

              Additional Information

              Additional Information

              • Contract Length: Varies
              • Technology: Coaxial
              • Additional Fees: Watch the costs on the receivers.
              • Channel Line Up: Visit Website

              Data based on zip code 34236 as of April 2015

              Data collected October 2014 in 32502 zip code.


              When comparing Cox and Verizon FiOS and Cox's Triple Play packages are priced about the same. The two companies have tended to swap leadership positions when it comes to the total number of channels offered, but Verizon has recently taken and maintained a healthy lead, especially as it relates to coveted HD channels. Cox does offer less expensive DVR units and premium channels, but the FiOS DVR system has some additional functionality that may well justify the slight difference in price, and FiOS premium bundles tend to come with more channels and HD offerings than their counterparts on Cox. It really comes down to whether you want fiber optic TV or if standard TV is good enough for you and your family.

              Verizon FiOS vs Cox Availability

              One of the biggest elements to consider in your comparison between FiOS and Optimum is whether or not the provider is even available in your area. Below you'll see maps for both FiOS and Optimum.

              Broadband Map

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