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Old 01-07-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I wouldn't do banking over McDonald's free wi-fi.
I don't, but I would, unless it's a really sketchy McDonald's. I don't think hackers are hanging out at every McDs.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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My husband's identity was stolen because of a check I wrote to pay our rent. Nothing online about it...it emptied our accounts, cost us lots of time and the expenses of having things notarized and faxed, and 5 years down the road, my husband was arrested and spent a night in jail because of the identity theft. The charges were dropped the next day but the arrest stayed on his record, unless we wanted to spend $2000 on a lawyer to get it expunged.

If you still write paper checks, that's much riskier than banking online.
Yeah, and if you don't bank online, you probably won't even know about it, until you receive your bank statement.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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No cable? No problem.

No landline? Err... maybe.

No internet? No way!
A landline is a waste if you have a cell phone. Except maybe if you need a really easy way of making 911 calls. But even that can be done with a cell phone 99.99% of the time.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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So, are you "living without internet" if it just happens to be wireless through your phone? The subject and tone of the OP seem to preclude a smartphone.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:50 PM
 
Location: California
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Do not forget about clear tv! I watched the NFL games over the weekend it is just an antenna. The only local channel I cannot find is ABC.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:30 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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We dropped our cable down to basic, the cheapest package they have, then bought a roku stick for the TV. There are several hundred free channels to choose from for plenty of movies and we can watch all our favorite Discovery, History Channel, NatGeo and other channel shows free the next day. We got the streaming stick for $49. And if you travel, you can take your stick with you and watch your channels on the hotel TV.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Monterey County California
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About two years ago I dropped cable TV and went over the air I got an NOCABLE 50 indoor amplified HDTV antenna. It works great for local channels They actually come in more clear than on cable if that even makes sense. Then I got a Roku Box and use that for streaming. This setup works great.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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Haven't had cable for about 15 years now. No landline; we use Ooma. Would find it hard to not have internet. My brother goes to the library to use the internet, but I would not do my banking or input other sensitive information on a library computer. It's way too easy for someone to install a keylogger or other malware on most library computers.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:55 AM
 
Location: California
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The internet on my computer is just way too much fun for me to give up. How could I even type here? My fingers are too fat to do it on a phone and the entire internet experience is just better all round on a laptop. I cut my cable tv in November and am saving $130 a month. I still have a landline but I'll cut that next, probably in a year or so.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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After our apartment complex had Google fiber installed Google offered 'free' internet. I signed up and once it was up and running I set up an indoor OTA antenna (already had a lost cost cell phone).

I returned the Time Warner Cable equipment and cancelled my account.
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