Inexpensive internet & tv & cell phone plans in the US

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    Feb 19, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    As I'll be moving to Boston, MA in a couple of months, I've been researching the basic necessities. I've looked at various providers (AT&T/Verizon mainly; T-mobile/Sprint for cells phones). I can't find any bundle deals that's any good. Any suggestions?
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    Feb 19, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    Bundle services are a way to get you to pay for something you don't need, like a landline phone. You're moving to Boston. If its similar to the time I spent in Rochester NY, get used to bending at the waist and grabbing your ankles.


    I'm down to four utilities in Seattle: Verizon iPhone($110), Comcast Cablemodem ($65), Electric and water/trash for a total of under $350 a month. Add $50 for my 24hr fit membership for $400 right there. I have to warn you that hydropower in Washington state keeps our electric rates low enough to use it for heat.

    CableTV is very expensive no matter what you do. After years of paying for DVR service, I found I am happier buying a season of something for $50 on iTunes. Episodes arrive soon after they are broadcasted, in HD, and commercial free. If you're paying $75 a month for CableTV service and most of it is time-wasting crap, then don't do that.

    Verizon/AT&T offer 4G data services (LTE). I don't recommend this for anyone unless you have a cablemodem or DSL service at home to offload the bulk of your media traffic. 4G network performance suffers if one person in the cell downloads a Blu-Rays. They are completely justified in grabbing you by the dangly bits and squeezing to discourage this from making everyone else slow.

    Every once in a while, I'm tempted to get rabbit ears and a TV tuner for my PC. Next time a "big" snowstorm hits Seattle (6 inches shuts us down. I know.)

    The local NBC affiliate streams their local newscast over the web.

    Just need to get a UPS for the cablemodem. icon_razz.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 21, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidAs I'll be moving to Boston, MA in a couple of months, I've been researching the basic necessities. I've looked at various providers (AT&T/Verizon mainly; T-mobile/Sprint for cells phones). I can't find any bundle deals that's any good. Any suggestions?


    to avoid installation fees. Make friends with your neighbors if they have wifi, over to split it or pay a flat amount say 100 bucks for access. That usually works. If they have broadband it shouldn't matter.
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    Feb 21, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    Don't use TMobile. You will have no service. Have a safe trip and a great time in my favorite city!