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Old 08-29-2012, 10:08 PM
 
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Is there no other coverage where you are?
If it's so awful, why don't you switch to a different provider?
You say they have you 'captive'.......that's pretty rare these days, unless you mean you just don't want to pay more.
I am 'captive' to one small outfit for internet service but there is still satellite as an alternative.

If you're trying to sell online, you might just have to suck up a higher cost as "part of doing business"
(I did, BTW, eBay parttime for many years,about 2000 sales, with AOL dial-up and with lots of photos.....you do what you have to do)

Other options exist in my area, but I don't have control over my living space, and can't bring a wired connection to my room. When I called Verizon to ask about mobile options (I use mobile USB), they said their only mobile option requires a 2-year contract.

Selling on eBay is not as much a problem as buying on eBay; I like to make last-minute bids and the network unreliability is a big problem for me. If I try to place a bid with 15 seconds left, that often is insufficient time (the network plays dead and completes the request three minutes later, way too late). If I place a bid with three minutes left, someone sees I've raised the bid and has plenty of time to push it higher (costing me more) or outbidding me.

Earlier today it was actually working long enough to win 12 items from the same seller...and THEN it played dead when I tried to pay for them. (But then it was working again another half hour later.)

How can the service be as up and down as a yo-yo? Do their CSR people in India have any idea of the concept of reliability? Do they have any idea what it's like to require reliable internet service? Do they hire these people from the Unemployable caste?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:40 AM
 
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Is your mobile connection 4G? I use 4G on the train everyday... and while it's certainly not as quick as wired internet, it's definitely MUCH better than 3G. Consider using Wifi hotspots or moving to better living quarters?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Haven't you heard of eSnipe?
Not the only service but one I used and remember.You can google for others.
Even with the best internet service, it's hard to beat.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Oak Ridge, NC
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Other options exist in my area, but I don't have control over my living space, and can't bring a wired connection to my room. When I called Verizon to ask about mobile options (I use mobile USB), they said their only mobile option requires a 2-year contract.

Selling on eBay is not as much a problem as buying on eBay; I like to make last-minute bids and the network unreliability is a big problem for me. If I try to place a bid with 15 seconds left, that often is insufficient time (the network plays dead and completes the request three minutes later, way too late). If I place a bid with three minutes left, someone sees I've raised the bid and has plenty of time to push it higher (costing me more) or outbidding me.

Earlier today it was actually working long enough to win 12 items from the same seller...and THEN it played dead when I tried to pay for them. (But then it was working again another half hour later.)

How can the service be as up and down as a yo-yo? Do their CSR people in India have any idea of the concept of reliability? Do they have any idea what it's like to require reliable internet service? Do they hire these people from the Unemployable caste?

WiFi is always flaky. It's just the nature of the technology. If there are other wireless devices on the same 2.4Ghz frequency, then it's going to cause issues, not to mention other obstacles such as pipes in the building, microwave ovens, etc...
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Is your mobile connection 4G? I use 4G on the train everyday... and while it's certainly not as quick as wired internet, it's definitely MUCH better than 3G. Consider using Wifi hotspots or moving to better living quarters?

Cricket is firmly ensconced in the 3G world. I like to call it 0 G, which is what I'd like them to experience. There is no wifi close to where I live, and I've had enough of going to libraries and other hotspots for wifi. Moving to better living quarters is on my list for some hypothetical future time in which I have money.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Haven't you heard of eSnipe?
Not the only service but one I used and remember.You can google for others.
Even with the best internet service, it's hard to beat.

Thanks I've heard of it but I'm one of those stubborn DIY types...although this is probably a good place to let a machine do it and a good time to change, so I'll check it out.
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