I was out walking around in Park Slope the other day and I noticed a huge group of people loitering on the sidewalk handing out flyers. Generally, I try to avoid these things as I get annoyed very quickly with people wasting my time. These people were dressed as the Verizon network people, wearing white coveralls and hard hats. I went over towards them, and they promptly handed me a flyer explaining the benefits of FIOS over Cable.
I agree with these things. I would get FIOS right now — IF IT WAS AVAILABLE!!! Verizon has been advertising for over a year now that FIOS is available in New York City. From what I can tell, its available in a very very limited amount of areas.
So, why is this group of 100-150 people being paid to advertise a service in a neighborhood that it doesn’t exist? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to pay the technicians to install the hardware to make FIOS work in Park Slope?
This was a bit annoying to me, and really makes me question the logic of marketing. I do call once a month and ask when I can get FIOS, and generally I am told the same, “Soon, we are working on it” canned statement.
Annoyances aside, I still will get FIOS the day it is available — but for a different reason than you might think. Of course I am interested in the fast internet speeds, but it is the TV service that I am more interested in. For one, I am anxiously awaiting the ability to watch NFL network again. When I lived in Canada this channel was included in basic cable, and it was watched by my girlfriend and my self MOST of the time in football season. I caught her watching it all by herself a few times actually — even when I was not home. Secondly, because the Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC is such a piece of junk (crashes at minimum one per week) I looked into what box Verizon uses. It seems that it uses the Motorola box, which has proven much more stable in my experiences.
Regardless, I will not be holding my breath for the service to be available any time soon.