Rate hike after rate hike? Jeez I wonder if they'll have any customers left in another 2 years?
2010 saw an ok deal for triple play.. but here we are in 2012 with higher rates than in 2010, and now they want to raise them more?!?
How has Verizon innovated lately? Faster speeds? Nope, 150 megabits tier has been around for quite a while and still out of mainstream customer's reach pricewise (and 50+ megabit tiers are not even symmetric anymore). More competitive bundles? Nope. Existing customers are forced to pay more or leave.. that's the hard simple truth. They apparently don't see enough customer loss to deflate prices, only increase them.
I jumped to OOMA to save some money so in the next year I recoup my investment.
Now the wool pulls down from over the eyes to see how telecom's been busy at making the industry anticompetitive.. It makes you wonder what it will take to bring rates down again... regulation? Municipal competitiors?
When your deal is up.. go to the competition.. dont' even deal with the customer retention department (it's a waste of time in addition to the 5+ minutes they put you on hold to cancel your account).. tell them higher rates are why they lost you as a customer so better luck next year.
reply to aaronwt Tiers uder 100mbits dont' require upgrade to GPONs.. and by the same token, you will likley get stuck with an 802.11n router that still has 10/100 ports instead of gigabit ports on it unless your Verizon guy makes a mistake.. Bumpin the speeds seems to signal the end of symmetric bandwidth.. which proves my point that Verizon is mirroring cable company behavior day by day.. What I have now is STANDALONE 50/8 for $45.... will Verizon go out of their way to beat that and offer it for less? VERY unlikely. Also of note.. 35/35 or 50/20 pick your upgrade tier becomes 75/35.. why not 100/100 or 100/50? These teaser upgrades are finely calibrated to not cost Verizon money on GPON upgrades too soon.