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Old 09-22-2019, 12:50 PM
 
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I got a solicitation in the mail from Altice Optimum advertising internet and channels for 65 for life. We called and to add premium channels like HBO for 120.00 with internet. Plus there are other options. I have called Fios my current provider and they refuse to lower their prices to match what I have been offered. If I save 100 a month for a service I enjoy that like a 1200 a year raise or a 1200 a year less in mortgage costs. I opt for the savings.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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When I started making close to $100k I had to drop Virgin Mobile. There's definitely a difference. I was also starting a side business at the time and needed a more reliable service. T-Mobile runs me about $100 a month but that's with the latest Samsung Galaxy. Without it it would probably be about 75. Virgin Mobile ran me about 50 a month when I terminated it.

Any service that's only $20 a month is going to have low coverage, a lot of dropped calls and network outages

havent experienced any of that in 2 years. Funny thing is, went upstate with some people who had Verizon & AT&T and they had no service but i did. guess it depends where you live.


but certainly I think cell phone bills are a much more convenient way to save, most people barely use the phones for phone calls anyway
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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We switched every 2 years between the 2 providers. My kids have streaming services and you need a PhD in computer systems to operate) No thanks.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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WONDERFUL post...alas, I got nuthuin' I pay the full tariff and feel abused every month.


Having lost my husband and best friend, I have no choice but media to make believe I am still alive.
Sorry for your loss. I hope I pass before my wife because personally life would be hard for me going forward with out her. Recently my wife looked at the cable bill and felt she is being ripped off. So since NYC has many tech smart people and the City is soooo expensive I sought to get some insight. We going to go with Atlice Optimum or keep our internet and cancel the cable and buy a Fire Box. Will try one last time to see if Fios will cut out half of the cost of our bill or lose us completely so far they won't budge. Bad business model.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:47 AM
 
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When I started making close to $100k I had to drop Virgin Mobile. There's definitely a difference. I was also starting a side business at the time and needed a more reliable service. T-Mobile runs me about $100 a month but that's with the latest Samsung Galaxy. Without it it would probably be about 75. Virgin Mobile ran me about 50 a month when I terminated it.

Any service that's only $20 a month is going to have low coverage, a lot of dropped calls and network outages
Some cheaper companies run on networks like Verizon. Easy to find out as well.

My husband had AT&T and it sucked in the city. He didn't get service at work.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:56 AM
 
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Some cheaper companies run on networks like Verizon. Easy to find out as well.

My husband had AT&T and it sucked in the city. He didn't get service at work.
AT&T is infamous for not working in Manhattan and it is cheap.

Also what people don't realize is just because the cheaper networks run on the same cell towers you are not getting the same quality as the devices on the 1st tier network. I have a lot of conference calls for work, my work phone is AT&T and the only reason it works is because it's a business line which gets top tier signal compared to consumer.
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:02 AM
 
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AT&T is infamous for not working in Manhattan and it is cheap.

Also what people don't realize is just because the cheaper networks run on the same cell towers you are not getting the same quality as the devices on the 1st tier network. I have a lot of conference calls for work, my work phone is AT&T and the only reason it works is because it's a business line which gets top tier signal compared to consumer.
I've used just about all of them. When I moved back from Europe, I went with T-Mobile. They are big in Germany, and being so young at the time (this was when cell phones were still not so prevalent), I figured, they would be fine here. Well I used them for a while, but got tired of the poor coverage. It was then down to AT&T or Verizon. The only reason I went with AT&T was because at that time they had more options for phones, so I had them for my laptop and my cell phone. Problem was they were always reporting towers being down, so I ditched them almost 10 years ago and have been with Verizon ever since. I've heard horror stories about Sprint, so I wouldn't even dare switch to them.
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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I got a solicitation in the mail from Altice Optimum advertising internet and channels for 65 for life. We called and to add premium channels like HBO for 120.00 with internet. Plus there are other options. I have called Fios my current provider and they refuse to lower their prices to match what I have been offered. If I save 100 a month for a service I enjoy that like a 1200 a year raise or a 1200 a year less in mortgage costs. I opt for the savings.
Be careful about Altice they are basically Optimum under new management. When I dropped Optimum because they kept increasing the bill with no service change while giving new customers lower rates with better speeds Altice came begging (at the time I didn't know it was the same company). I had a issue where when my download speed reached a certain point for a sustained length of time the modem would automatically reboot. Since I used my own router and constantly looked at the logs I can see when the WAN drops. Did my research and went into the modem, looked at the logs and saw it reboot due to it couldn't handle the speed I was pulling things from the internet. googled and found out it was a issue that can be resolved by them replacing my old modem with the new DOCIS 3 ones. Multiple calls and multiple techs came out and didn't want to replace the modem. I just went FIOS never looked back.

Before you take the plunge take a look at the complaints on DSL reports about Altice One.

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AT&T is infamous for not working in Manhattan and it is cheap.

Also what people don't realize is just because the cheaper networks run on the same cell towers you are not getting the same quality as the devices on the 1st tier network. I have a lot of conference calls for work, my work phone is AT&T and the only reason it works is because it's a business line which gets top tier signal compared to consumer.
This is true. Also another thing people don't realize if the towers are not installed high enough they wont cover the device. I worked in a building midtown where if you went above the 50th floor all T-Mobile phones would stop working because their towers didn't reach that far. From what I was told, Verizon blocked them from installing towers higher up to cover the upper floors. But surely enough Verizon phones worked above the 50th floor.

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I've used just about all of them. When I moved back from Europe, I went with T-Mobile. They are big in Germany, and being so young at the time (this was when cell phones were still not so prevalent), I figured, they would be fine here. Well I used them for a while, but got tired of the poor coverage. It was then down to AT&T or Verizon. The only reason I went with AT&T was because at that time they had more options for phones, so I had them for my laptop and my cell phone. Problem was they were always reporting towers being down, so I ditched them almost 10 years ago and have been with Verizon ever since. I've heard horror stories about Sprint, so I wouldn't even dare switch to them.
Sprints horror stories are real. Ive been there. Back in the day when it was easy and very stupid to add a friends to your line and trust them to pay their bill. Let 1 person on the account didn't pay their bill on time, Sprint would cut all the lines until paid in full. Loved the push to talk feature they took from boost though.
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Old Yesterday, 09:08 AM
 
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Cheapies:


My sister pays $14.99/month for 2 free phones and service. Talking with her is like having a poker stuck into my ear.
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Old Yesterday, 09:29 AM
 
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All these streaming services are starting to add up in cost!! also no one really cuts the cord you still need cable for your internet!
Internet for $40/mo seems fair.
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