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Old 07-26-2017, 07:12 AM
 
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As for whether a hotspot from phone is good enough for streaming, I don't know. Corcutters Tech Support people can tell you. (I use a cheap prepaid phone, so I don't have a system for using it for hotspot.)

I'm not worried about streaming. If I cut the internet cord then I won't be streaming anything but just using it for when I need to work from home (very seldom) and for light web use.


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I grew up with frugal living and have worked very hard for many years to avoid frugal living. I choose my luxuries and they include cable TV, Internet and a fast automobile.

IMHO - Frugal living is a synonym for genteel poverty. I want nothing to do with either.

I can respect that but I don't see it as living in genteel poverty. I will still have TV access (HD Antenna & DVD's), very basic internet through my phone and highspeed internet through work. It means giving up some things that I would do now with the broadband internet in my home but I don't feel the juice is worth the squeeze anymore. I am willing to skimp on the TV and internet for the price they are asking. I can do much better things with that money.


I can easily afford the services but would rather have that money in my pocket than theirs for the prices they are charging.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Dropping internet connectivity is like dropping electricity or plumbing, no real point to doing it unless you're going off the grid for good.
I agree completely. I am sure there are ways to save and yes, the cost of internet as well as cable is out of line. I know we have to do something to get our bill down, but don't know what. I am a little surprised when I see people posting things like i get all the news I need via Npr and the net. I want a cross section of views and opinions. NPR is very slanted to the left. I do listen to it on the car radio from time to time. They have some interesting guests. The same with pbs on the TV. but I still need a better overall view.

I just wish I knew which way to turn. As for cable, we only watch, regularly about 1/2 dozen channels, but we still need our cable. AT&T sucks.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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We have TWC/Spectrum for $75/mnth and i hate that we cant get it lower.

Thats the problem with being married to a gamer who insists he NEEDS 117MBPS download/11MBPS upload.

ETA: I just saw Cincinnati Bell has the same service for $45! I think ill give them a call!!

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Old 07-27-2017, 07:28 AM
 
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Dropping internet connectivity is like dropping electricity or plumbing, no real point to doing it unless you're going off the grid for good.

I would not be completely dropping internet connectivity rather I would be dropping it with my current provider going to a service that I am already paying for (cell data) with plenty of room to perform basic tasks over the internet (work from home, internet surfing etc.).


Last night I only had 30 minutes to test so I spent the whole time working remotely. 30 minutes of working remotely only chewed up 26MB of data so that has me optimistic. Still deciding if I want to drop the High Speed internet entirely or try out Comcast for their $40 per month deal for the first year. So many horror stories about Comcast that I am leaning away from that.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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As long as I can make enough money online so that my internet is paying for itself, I will keep it.

I also do enough research that I can justify having it for now. Otherwise, I would be spending hours at the library in those hard, nasty chairs. Can you say "back problems?"
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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As long as I can make enough money online so that my internet is paying for itself, I will keep it.

Sure, if I was using it to earn enough money to justify it then it wouldn't matter the cost.


Again, I am not considering giving up the internet entirely.
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I would not be completely dropping internet connectivity rather I would be dropping it with my current provider going to a service that I am already paying for (cell data) with plenty of room to perform basic tasks over the internet (work from home, internet surfing etc.).


Last night I only had 30 minutes to test so I spent the whole time working remotely. 30 minutes of working remotely only chewed up 26MB of data so that has me optimistic. Still deciding if I want to drop the High Speed internet entirely or try out Comcast for their $40 per month deal for the first year. So many horror stories about Comcast that I am leaning away from that.
Maybe it's regional but quite truthfully, I've had Comcast for some years now and don't believe I've had any more problems then anybody might have with any other service. Damn few, actually and always quickly resolved.
I actually could go without the phone but 3 services bundled is 'only' costing me $130 a month so I indulge in keeping it and it does allow me to keep my pre-paid cell cost at around $7 a month with tons of accumulated minutes
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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Yesterday I finally had enough and called my provider (FIOS) to drop the TV but kept the internet. When they told me the price for the internet only would be $90 I asked what I could downgrade to (have 50 Mbps Down currently). They only told me there was 3Mbps down for $65 per month which there is no way I was paying that much for so little. I was considering just dumping everything.


Today I went onto my account to make sure there were no other options and lo and behold there was 25Mbps for $15 less per month. Sneaky phone reps irk me. At $75 per month for 25Mbps it is still too much but at least somewhat easier to swallow. Should save me about $50 to $60 per month over what I was paying for TV and internet so for now have downgraded to that. I should probably drop FIOS just for the shady way they went about that but then my only other choice seems to be Xfinity which we all know their problems.


Now the choice is either to drop internet completely or switch to Xfinity for their introductory rate of $40 per month (which jumps to the $75 per month after the first year is up). The biggest thing holding me back from dropping it altogether is that I very occasionally need to do some work from home. If the price were o stay at around a max of $50 per month it wouldn't be much of an issue. At $900 per year the juice just isn't worth the squeeze. I really don't even need that much speed but that is the lowest speed they offer.


If I can find a way around the work need for internet then I just might drop it all together. No specific questions here but wonder if anyone else has dropped internet and cable TV all together? Dumping everything would be the equivalent of a $2k raise which is likely more than I will get as a raise this year. Tempting.
Are you currently under a 2 year contract with Verizon? If so I'm surprised you didn't have to pay some sort of termination fee...or did you? Because I'll cut my TV as well
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:39 AM
 
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Maybe it's regional but quite truthfully, I've had Comcast for some years now and don't believe I've had any more problems then anybody might have with any other service. Damn few, actually and always quickly resolved.
I actually could go without the phone but 3 services bundled is 'only' costing me $130 a month so I indulge in keeping it and it does allow me to keep my pre-paid cell cost at around $7 a month with tons of accumulated minutes

True it could be regional like with FedEx and UPS but the customer horror stories of Comcast seem to be pretty far and widespread. Not that I have had a great experience with Fios customer service either.


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Are you currently under a 2 year contract with Verizon? If so I'm surprised you didn't have to pay some sort of termination fee...or did you? Because I'll cut my TV as well

No contract.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:00 AM
 
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I cut the cable TV cord several years ago and haven't missed it. I need good Internet access so I pay for standalone.
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