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Verizon new plan not as cheap as advertised

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Verizon new plan not as cheap as advertised

Verizon FIOS got lots of favorable press this week for a new plan to let consumers break free of programming bundles and get lower TV bills. Sunday, the new plans were revealed online, and the end result for me–at least as quoted by a Verizon rep on the phone–a savings of not $25, $50 or $75 monthly for ditching dozens of channels I don’t want, but just $5 monthly.verizon-sign-logo

Verizon starts with a base price of $54.99 for the networks, plus CNN, AMC, Food Network, WE, Bloomberg and some lesser tier channels. My current FIOS has over 1,000 channels, and I only watch a handful of them. I do like the DVR and FIOS’s on-demand features, which has current movies for around $5 (I rarely order) and recent episodes of network offerings for free.

Since my average bill is always over $200 for TV, Internet and the phone, I’d love to lose most of the channels, and whack it down to $100. My current bill is for $209.78, and that includes all those TV channels, two DVRs (one each for the bedroom and living room) two phones and Internet service. In talking to the rep, I chose the base price, plus two other tiers, which I could have lived without–but they were part of the deal. Verizon’s best offer: $203.34. So much for Verizon’s cutting the cord compromise.

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