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Old 04-19-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Sisters, Oregon
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I'm on Bendbroadband
Just did a speed test and was 14.59 down and 1.82 up I have the Bronze package that gives me 125 GB of data per month for $50.99 month (no taxes and I own my own modem)
There are other packages, I don't think you will have a problem with a good reliable broad band connection here in Bend
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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that's very good to know. I guess a follow up question would be for cell phone reception? Me and my wife both have AT & T. Is the coverage good for AT & T in Bend?
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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All 4 main carriers have reception in town (AT&T, Verizon, Spring and Tmobile). There is also US Cellular up here.

Wife has Virgin Mobile prepaid running on the Sprint network and she has reception everywhere in town but is limited on 97 between Bend and Klammath Falls and N of Redmond.

I have work sponsored AT&T. Had 0-1 bar coverage at my home west of Awbrey Butte/College. Microcel fixed that. Around town coverage is decent but there are dead areas (like in every city).

I hear Verizon has very good coverage around town.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I hear Verizon has very good coverage around town.
Seems that way. My roommate has AT&T and I have Verizon and we both have iPhones. I often have a signal when she doesn't outside of town, but she pretty much has a perfect signal within town so it's not a big deal at all really.

I get good reception on top of South Sister/Paulina, even. Ha. Pretty strange I thought.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Forgot to add: I'm pretty impressed with the internet speeds. They're on par, all but, to where I moved from: Baltimore, MD which was pretty up to date (but maybe not compared to SF)

Something to look out for, vpatanka: Bend Broad Band has a 100gig cap per month. This got me in BIG trouble as I'm a 'Power User,' as they define it. If you don't think you'll use 100gigs a month, stick with the local 'dogs,' if not go with Century Link, formally Quest (depending on where you live they offer pretty high speeds).
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I think the wireless speeds are good as well. I chalk that up to less traffic on the network vs a big metro area like SF Bay/Baltimore.

Reception is also good up at Mt. Bachelor as there is a 2.5G EDGE antenna there as well as Bend Broadband wireless (not that I've ever been out snowboarding during work hours :P ).
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Bend
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Bend Broadband increased their caps to 150 gigs now... they also increased their prices

Century Link also has caps, they are just harder to find in their "fine print", but their caps are 250 gigs. But they have HORRIBLE upload speeds (under 1 meg even at the highest plan) so it really depends on what you are going to use it for.

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I used to have problems with BendBB, but since they've increased speeds, I no longer have issues. I don't mind paying a few dollars extra a month if I can actually get what I pay for. For us, BendBB is the only choice, as Century Link isn't in our neighborhood. So, while it may be an option for some, it's still not available for all areas of town. If you are wanting to use it, you better check with them to see if it's in the neighborhood you will be living in.
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