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What about looking for a good cell phone data plan and setting up a hot spot?

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If you find anything that is cheaper than Comcast or Verizon please let me know, just cancelled Comcast, sick of paying almost $200 for cable and net, just stopped into verizon and couldnt get it down for less than 70ish for just net

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So my sweet $30 deal with Comcast has expired, the SOB's just billed me for $69.95!! Looks like I can flop back to FIOS for $50, but it's a 2 year going to $60 the 2nd year. Anyone have better options?

I guess I'll try negotiating with Comcast, I've heard all these "retention specialist" success stories, but my hopes aren't high. We really need a paradigm shift in this necessary utility.

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After spending way too much time on this than I should, it appears here are my options:

Comcast
- Stay with comcast, and pay $67/month (total out of pocket) for 100MB Blast internet (no TV, no phone, no streaming, etc)

Verizon
- most of my time today was spent with verizon. I was actually already signed up with their "special" for $74 per month (for 2 years, total out of pocket) that included: 25 local channels, 50/50 internet, HBO and Showtime, plus all necessary equipment rental. Also needed was a one-time $70 activation charge;
- I figure for $74 / month, locked in for 2 years, this is a pretty good deal (even with the $70 activation fee);
- however, while reviewing the actual order confirmation email, I noticed that the rate was only good for 1 year. For the 2nd year, the internet discount of $20 goes away, and therefore the total would be $94 per month.
- The rep on the phone keeps saying "Oh, i wasn't aware of the raise in the 2nd year. that must be a new rate plan". Somehow I don't believe her .

I can't believe they're trying it pull off a 2yr commitment with a "hidden" rate hike like this.

I can't believe I'm actually considering staying with comcast for $67 per month for internet only. That's such a rip off!!!

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Only viable plan is to resign yourself to switching every year or 2 as the promos expire. Mine is currently broadband only Comcast at $30/mo. They're getting hysterical at me to get rid of my Docsis 2 modem even though the service level does not exceed the Docsis 2 standard.

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I have had Fios for years now. I only had one really long outage years back. That was because squirrels ate the cables.
Verizon spent the day re-wiring the block and service was back up. Funny thing was, I had 300 mbs / 300 mbs speed for a couple days after the repairs were done. No idea why.

Fios even was up and running after Sandy. Speed has been consistent at 15 / 15.

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I have FIOS internet only (no tv, no phone) and I pay the promo rate of $35/mo. I got that on a 2-year deal. 15 mbps.

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I love X1, I am going to switch back from Fios to comcast as soon as my promotional period is over. It is very fast and i like how you can favorite sports teams and it will automatically record programs associated with it.

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Some guy made a thread a couple months ago looking for the best FIOS deal. If you are that interested, try searching for his thread.

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I have had both. FiOS is a nightmare. If your service ever goes down, you are screwed. No TV or Internet for at least a week. And then they just cancel your appointments without showing up. Never doing that again.

Comcast is not so bad. Just don't get the X1. The X1 is an abysmal platform. It has a fancier look, but horrific user experience. Get the old standard Comcast boxes with the blue UI and you will find your best deal.

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I currently have Comcast Blast (Internet Only, no TV or phone), and my promotional period just ended so my monthly payment is going from $52/month to $67/month. I just called Comcast retention center, and yes, that's the "very very best deal" that they can offer me right now.

So - I want to see what good deals people have gotten from FIOS recently. Care to share?

I would be considering either the $69.99 or $79.99 on this FIOS website - is that the best I can get? I wish FIOS has an internet-only plan

TIA.

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Just switched back to Comcast after 2 years of FIOS. FIOS was $87 including tax/fees for broadband and 1 VOIP line. Comcast "Performance" will be $32.50/mo for 1 year. I got an Ooma Telo Voip device, and with their premium $10 service it'll be less than $14 for that. It would have been less than $4 if I could have lived without simultaneous ring to my cell. So, from $87 to $46.50 per month. Not bad.

I also still had my old Docsis 2 modem, and insisted on using it since the service level is rated at 25mbps, well below the modem rating of >40. They kvetched, and the installer said I would get 22 at best. It clocks 30 down, 5 up. For $30 bucks I'm satisfied. Next year we'll see what deals Verizon has for "new" customers...

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What Slim26 said. In fact, you can probably get by on 5 Mbps. Anything over that will be JUST FINE for streaming music, video, etc. I run 25/5 because it was offered to me as a free upgrade from 15/5. Before that, I had some crap service from Comcast around 5 Mbps and I was able to run video and music without problems.

In fact, you are much more likely to experience performance issues from your wireless network limitations and conditions than from your ISP service. Often, I am asked to help friends and neighbors with "Internet issues" that turn out to be problems with their routers (age, configuration, placement, etc.) or outside/external interference (other appliances and devices).

Lastly, a quibble... The Internet service offered by FiOS, Comcast, et al, is actually measured in Mbps, not MBps. The proper notation is Mb, not MB.

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I do a lot of movie streaming (netflix / amazon) at the same time as browsing the internet at the same time. Is 15MB down sufficient? I always thought I needed at least 25MB for that (as a minimum), but 50MB is "better"?

Also, do you find it slow during peak time when everyone's home using their internet / steaming at the same time?

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Speed is 15mbps/5mbps I've found it to be more than adequate.
I don't believe the subscription has a name, I just called and said I wanted only internet. It's not a package.


15MB down is more then enough. If someone from Verizon or any cable company says differently they are doing a sales job on you.

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To be honest I haven't done any streaming in the past few months. HOWEVER, I used to stream on DSL, which is WAYYY slower than FIOS and 90% of the time it was perfect. I do sometimes download large files (audiobooks, movies) and that generally takes 3-5 minutes.

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I do a lot of movie streaming (netflix / amazon) at the same time as browsing the internet at the same time. Is 15MB down sufficient? I always thought I needed at least 25MB for that (as a minimum), but 50MB is "better"?

Also, do you find it slow during peak time when everyone's home using their internet / steaming at the same time?

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Speed is 15mbps/5mbps I've found it to be more than adequate.
I don't believe the subscription has a name, I just called and said I wanted only internet. It's not a package.

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How fast is your internet up/down speed?

Do you know the name of your "package"?

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I have Verizon fios only (no phone, no internet) and I'm paying $29.99/mo for 2 years (no contract) + $5 fee for not having phone/cable + rental fee. In reality my bill is $40/mo. I signed up for this in April 2014.


Speed is 15mbps/5mbps I've found it to be more than adequate.
I don't believe the subscription has a name, I just called and said I wanted only internet. It's not a package.

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It is indeed a good combination of features - I also use google voice for calls. I am currently grandfathered in my unlimited data plan at AT&T, so out of curiosity I wonder if people from the Android community have tried using their phone as hot spot at home. Too slow for netflix?

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The best arrangement for me are as follows

1) Just get internet service only at the lowest price possible.
2) use antenna for free OTA TV programs. Downtown JC will
become one of the best location when the WTC transmitter
starts broadcasting.
3) use magic jack, skype for your phone calls including
international. They cost pennies !

4) Use Roku box or something similar for your other
programs, e.g. Netflix, international channels.

5) Finally have a T-Mobile smart phone as your backup since they are promoting unlimited data for a flat fee. Buy your phone from a third party at lower cost and avoid those two year contracts. Caution: make sure you get the right phone because Verizon, At&T and T-Mobile all use different frequencies making them non transferable (Even same model number ) even if they are unlocked.

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An option for occasional internet use, for backup, travelling, etc is yourkarma - it's basically a pay-as-you-go plan. I believe it leverages Sprint's network. Wouldn't recommend it for heavy use like video streaming, but for low occasional use it works out better value than any cellphone tethering plan or cable/fiber. I use mine for travel and those times Comcast decide to have an outage.


https://yourkarma.com/


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How fast is your internet up/down speed?

Do you know the name of your "package"?

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I have Verizon fios only (no phone, no internet) and I'm paying $29.99/mo for 2 years (no contract) + $5 fee for not having phone/cable + rental fee. In reality my bill is $40/mo. I signed up for this in April 2014.

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I've had Comcast downtown for 11 years now and have never had a problem. Speeds have been consistently excellent. I really don't understand how so many people have issues or complaints.

My only complaint is that I have to call in once a year to haggle prices, but that goes for every cable company.

In regards to speeds... nobody needs anything about 50MB down / 25MB up .... that is very fast - if anyone says you need more, they don't know what they are talking about... unless you are downloading enormous files all the time. Almost all websites are not even close to being hosted at those speeds, so don't get caught up on any sales pitch saying you need something faster then that.. .in reality, you won't notice a difference.. . again unless you are constantly downloading torrent files that are giant.

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I have Verizon fios only (no phone, no internet) and I'm paying $29.99/mo for 2 years (no contract) + $5 fee for not having phone/cable + rental fee. In reality my bill is $40/mo. I signed up for this in April 2014.

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Hi, I have had naked FiOS for 3 years now, and indeed started out at 64.99 and is now 72.99 but only after having a sh1tfit with them over the big price jump.

It has worked really well, and i am satisfied with all the technical aspects of it. I work at home and have a VoIP line, as well as frequent screen sharing conferences. We also have Netflix streaming, and Amazon Prime for TV and no problem with watching two streaming video programs.

As of now, VZ does not add any junk fees or taxes on naked FiOS, which is great. So 72.99 is really what i pay each month.

I am no fan of the duopoly between Comcast and VZ but i think VZ is slightly less awful than Comcast. Comcast has the most to lose from people like me not getting pay TV through them, so it seems to me VZ would be less likely to slow down content since VZ has more to gain by keeping me on their network.

FWIW my FiOS did work during Sandy.

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We had Comcast for several years before FIOS, so i'm hoping everything still works.


PS However, there is this small doubt in my mind that I can't help but agree though - perhaps the $20 savings per month is not enough compensation for the potential anger/rage/frustration that comcast is going to give me!!!
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Over the phone,Comcast customer service generally sucks unless you get through to their 2nd or 3rd level tech support. Surprising though, the folks at their JC service center on Kennedy are very good.

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No plans for fiber, eh?

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I have FIOS too - triple play for the last 2 years. however, we are looking to switch to internet only, and Comcast is easily $20 cheaper per month ($60 / month before fees and such). I'd like to stay with FIOS, and have already called FIOS about their pricing - but they wouldn't budge at all ($80 before fees and such). I hate their stupid game where the best deals are only for "NEW" customers!

We had Comcast for several years before FIOS, so i'm hoping everything still works.


PS However, there is this small doubt in my mind that I can't help but agree though - perhaps the $20 savings per month is not enough compensation for the potential anger/rage/frustration that comcast is going to give me!!!

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Personally, I would never deal with Comcast ever again. I am a current FiOS customer (two years, since it became available in my building) and I have never had an outage, even during Sandy. TV quality is really good, and my Internet "true" speeds are very close to what was advertised (25/5) when I contracted with them.

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Can anyone confirm that if I order Internet Only from comcast via their website, I don't have to pay their installation fee (so there's no one-time charge)?

Appreciate it!


I think so long as your building is wired for it already, Comcast doesn't have an issue with a DIY installation. You'll need your own cable modem (and likely a wireless router) like:

http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-Motorola- ... ywords=Motorola+surfboard

You can get your own modem, hook it up, and should be able to tell pretty quick if you've got a good signal in your house. If not, you can either set up a Comcast installation, or return the modem.


This is based on very recent personal experience: dealing with Comcast installations can be painful and daunting. If everything is perfectly configured in your building, and there are no issues with the wiring to your unit, you MIGHT be able to attempt a self-install by requesting one of their Internet Self Install Kits. But, if there is anything wrong with the wiring into your unit, or within the building, arm yourself with patience, lots of it.

Additionally, they are VERY fastidious about modems and which ones would be supported. They have a list on their site. Look for it. If a given modem is not in that list, they will not support you AT ALL.

Personally, I would never deal with Comcast ever again. I am a current FiOS customer (two years, since it became available in my building) and I have never had an outage, even during Sandy. TV quality is really good, and my Internet "true" speeds are very close to what was advertised (25/5) when I contracted with them.

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Can anyone confirm that if I order Internet Only from comcast via their website, I don't have to pay their installation fee (so there's no one-time charge)?

Appreciate it!


I think so long as your building is wired for it already, Comcast doesn't have an issue with a DIY installation. You'll need your own cable modem (and likely a wireless router) like:

http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-Motorola- ... ywords=Motorola+surfboard

You can get your own modem, hook it up, and should be able to tell pretty quick if you've got a good signal in your house. If not, you can either set up a Comcast installation, or return the modem.





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