Cable/Phone/Int Service

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    Jan 04, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    It is getting a bit overwhelming for me. I am reassesing my situation currently.

    in my area, I have

    Comcast
    ATT U-Verse
    Direct TV
    Dish Network.

    I currently have a nice deal with Comcast, cable +int for 79.99 includes HBO and On Demand, but it is only for 9 months. ATT UVerse has odd features and lots of grades of internet which is cumbersome to deal with; but in theory, it could save me money.

    Lastly, I could just go with satellite and then get internet from another source. Yes, I know combo-ing with the Cable company or with ATT gets better rates, but I don't need a landline nor want a $100 bill every month for Cable and Int.

    It is such a hassle as people are monopolizing the service so neogitations are shitty. I got lucky with my deal as my best friend (who lives a block over) pays $120 for less channels.

    Crazy!

    Any feedback from either choice?
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:01 AM GMT
    Most cable companies are willing to negotiate in order to retain you as a customer. Call Comcast and see if they have any promos, or just tell them that they cost too much and you're going to switch over to satellite for $XXX a month. If you're lucky, they'll match the competitor's promotional pricing for 6 months or even a year.

    If you're not a big downloader, then you should also try switching to a lower tier internet service with Comcast. If you watch a lot of videos on the internet, then I would recommend nothing less than a 3Mbps connection.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I am a basic internet user, but Comcast has never offered me different "tiers" of internet, just one.

    I will call and make up lies about the other companies. Thanks.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:31 PM GMT
    I mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    I´d mooch you.

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    Or do i mean smooch? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    I´d mooch you.

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    Or do i mean smooch? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Ciarsolo is a premium channel, PAY UP.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    It's my neighbor's, who gave me their password and consent to use it.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    Saying all Mexicans steal is as fair as saying that all short people who do body building have a Napoleon complex and a small dick.

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    Saying all Mexicans steal is as fair as saying that all short people who do body building have a Napoleon complex and a small dick.



    I made no reference to national orgin. Thieves are all around and you should take measures to stop them. The run up costs for everyone, as well as snoop data.

    You'll want to re-read it, again.

    I understand you lash out for whatever reason, and, of course, and, as always, that's YOUR issue, and not mine.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    I got tired of separate billing. We now have 1 monthly bill, from AT&T. It includes our residential telephone, our cell phones, our Internet service, and our DishTV satellite. By bundling I got some discounts.

    I would prefer cable TV, quite frankly, and cable broadband Internet rather than DSL, because they have the potential for better service. But in this area their advantages don't exist, with frequent prolonged outages, low TV image quality, and slower broadband than they claim.

    The answer should always be the service in your own locale, not the theoretical advantages of one method over another. Why cable TV & broadband service to our home sucks I can't tell you; maybe because they're older here, and the infrastructure hasn't been maintained, I don't know.

    All I do know is what I see, and for us cable sucks. Choose what works best for you, where you live.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    Saying all Mexicans steal is as fair as saying that all short people who do body building have a Napoleon complex and a small dick.




    ...and Chucky said, or even inferred that, where???? Chucky made a very valid point. Some of you guys just live for controversy
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidI made no reference to national orgin. Thieves are all around and you should take measures to stop them. The run up costs for everyone, as well as snoop data.

    You'll want to re-read it, again.

    I understand you lash out for whatever reason, and, of course, and, as always, that's YOUR issue, and not mine.


    Oh sweetie, I knew you wouldn´t get it.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    ATT U-Verse, and ATT customer service have lots of customer service, and technical issues, particularly with multiple sets. ATT, and the cable company, also deliver a overly compressed signal so their hi-def isn't what it is on satellite or Verizon FIOS (standard hdef mpg and not re-compressed).

    If TV is the only thing, satellite is probably the best signal at the best price.

    If you have Verizon FIOS in your area, it's a superior technology with FTTP (Fiber To The Premise) with 1.4Gbps per carrier on GPON, or 10Gbps on XGpon. It has amazing bandwidth, and Verizon doesn't re-compress the signal.

    DSL Internet typically requires a land line, but, if you're close enough to the CO is very reliable and fairly speedy.

    Cable is losing market share in many markets because of bad customer service, aggressive network mismanagement, and aging facilities. They'll typically run some good deals if cost is your main point of focus.

    The best video signal is going to be over Dish or FIOS. The cheapest, but, worst signal, is going to be over cable. ATT U-Verse is a compromise somewhere in the middle.

    In the picture below, you'll see our two FIOS ONTs. Each one delivers 1.4Gps, per channel (there's two, plus another analog channel delivering around 870Mhz). The battery packs are on the top, and the ONTS on the bottom. The one on the right is our business circuit (sending this message), and the one on the left is telephone, internet, VOD, 660 channels of tv, program info and so on.

    fios_onts_600px.jpg

    Our business circuit is 20M/5M, so, RJ downloads real fast.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    chuckystud saidI made no reference to national orgin. Thieves are all around and you should take measures to stop them. The run up costs for everyone, as well as snoop data.

    You'll want to re-read it, again.

    I understand you lash out for whatever reason, and, of course, and, as always, that's YOUR issue, and not mine.


    Oh sweetie, I knew you wouldn´t get it.


    It's o.k. Sugar Plum, I understand the source, and take it for what it is: a remark by a head-less nut case half the way around The World.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Lostboy said
    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    Saying all Mexicans steal is as fair as saying that all short people who do body building have a Napoleon complex and a small dick.




    ...and Chucky said, or even inferred that, where???? Chucky made a very valid point. Some of you guys just live for controversy


    Oh now, I expected Chuckykins to miss the point. I expected more of you.

    Chucky appeared to have jumped to the conclusion that the wifi was being stolen, and the citation of Ciarsolo´s post in the same post implied that he was accusing him of theft.

    In fact this is not true. Thus assuming that Ciarsolo is a thieving Mexican would be like assuming that Chucky is a short, insecure jerk.

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    Jan 04, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    No, I didn't. Re-read again. I made no reference to the poster having stolen signal.

    What I said was that if you have a wireless router, you should both encrypt it, and put a password on it.

    All the other misinformation was your doing; not mine.

    Go read it again.

    I'm afraid, as usual, you're a confused nut case.

    chuckystud said
    Ciarsolo saidI mooch wi-fi and don't have TV. $0 monthly!


    If you have a wireless router you want to make sure that it's password protected and encrypted. Thieves abound.


    Note there is no reference to the moocher stealing. You failed to read properly.

    You're so anxious to confront, that you failed to even read it. LOL.

    You truly are an idiot aren't you?
  • Latenight30

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    Jan 04, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    Wow pretty heated over some wi-fi.
    My complex unfortunately has a contract with Comcast. BLAH just another devil.
    I wish I could get what I want with Clear but all those companies are out for themselves.
    It's where I really heard the phrase "OH, I'm sorry , someone from our organization gave you wrong information."
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    Just FYI, the reason you want your network encrypted and secured (for the less tech savvy among you, and to quiet the morons in the topic) is to protect your personal information and bandwidth.

    Using a packet sniffer, a guy can sniff off your login credentials, personal financial information and anything else they want.

    Law offices, and doctors offices, are the absolute worst about having non-secured networks. (They're typical head strong AND ignorant at the same time.).

    A freeloader can run up your bandwidth usage, and slow your connection to a crawl, but, the real danger is in giving up your credentials. Once that happens, they can BECOME YOU in moments.

    A few years back there was a startup that placed wireless antenna's on all the apartments, and beamed them back to a central T1 (a small connection, but, their business model nonetheless). I didn't buy the service. A few weeks after installation, the men in black showed up and hauled a 17 year old kid away. The network had been wide open; he'd been using a packet sniffer; he got caught; he went to jail. True story.

    I work with "white hats" to put those sorts of folks where they need to be. You have to protect your info.
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    Jan 04, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    Comcast guy here.

    Internet and cable TV $59.99 a month.

    I see no point in a having a DVR or HD.

    I've never had any issues (***knock on wood***) with Comcast, never had to wait on hold, and the customer service has always been good.

    I was actually shocked that the service was as good as it is. I always hear bad things about Comcast.
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    Jan 04, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    Pinny saidI am a basic internet user, but Comcast has never offered me different "tiers" of internet, just one.

    I will call and make up lies about the other companies. Thanks.

    That sucks. I thought most cable providers had tiered internet service by now. I think you should switch to ATT for internet if it will save some money. Also, there's usually a 1 week lead time to setup a DSL connection. So don't dump your current internet service until your DSL is up and running.