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Old 01-05-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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The missus and I are trying to cut back where we can, and right now our $158/month Comcast bill seems extreme. I'd like to do away with Comcast altogether - right now we watch more TV than we should, so we are changing our habits and realized last night that we really don't need cable at all - basically we just watch the local channels and we get good reception via antenna.

However, we need a good ISP, and that's where it gets tricky. We don't have home phone service, as we each have our own iPhone. Do we have to have cable TV or local phone service in order to get a good ISP?

Looking for alternatives...
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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Check with AT&T on "naked DSL" or DSL without the need to have wireline phone service too.
http://www.att.com/gen/general?pid=11523


Depending on where you live, Advanced Broadband provides a wireless service similar to what BamaWISP (which is no longer in business) previously provided in Huntsville area.
www.advbroadband.net


And a third option is Mobile Broadband plans from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, etc...
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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When I lived in an apartment, they paid for basic cable but I still needed internet. I think it was 45 dollars a month from Comcast--they may have cut me a deal because I was technically getting cable service from them, or maybe not. Comcast of course wants you to buy as many of their services as they can, but you don't HAVE to, you CAN get just internet, or just cable, etc.
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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We have DSL service through AT&T, and we don't have a home phone. Depending on your needs, you can get DSL lite for $19.99 a month. For basic web browsing this is sufficient. If you download/upload a lot, then that may be slow. You can pay for faster speeds.

I would suggest starting with DSL lite, and you can always go to the faster speeds if you want. You can also start with the fast speed, then go back to the slower speed depending on things.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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If you have a landline - even if you don't have phone service - you might be able to get internet service. We are really pleased with Hiwaay. I think they do lease AT&T lines. Cheap dial-up...DSL cost comparable to AT&T. I pay by the year and get a small discount. You could call and ask. www.hiwaay.net
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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If you have a landline - even if you don't have phone service - you might be able to get internet service. We are really pleased with Hiwaay. I think they do lease AT&T lines. Cheap dial-up...DSL cost comparable to AT&T. I pay by the year and get a small discount. You could call and ask. www.hiwaay.net

Looked at the advertised price list.

Hiwaay Dial-up 19.99

AT&T DSL Lite 19.99

Hiwaay DSL 39.95

Not sure why you would go with Dial-up when DSL costs the same through AT&T
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What about just getting a 3G wireless line added to your cell phone plan? You are limited to something like 5 gigs a month for around $50??? but you can take your laptop anywhere and have internet. So, if you aren't downloading tons of stuff and just surfing, that might be something to consider.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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One advantage to getting AT&T DSL is that you also have access to WiFI if you travel to a place that has AT&T. Rather than paying, you can put in credentials and surf for free.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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One advantage to getting AT&T DSL is that you also have access to WiFI if you travel to a place that has AT&T. Rather than paying, you can put in credentials and surf for free.
Hmmm.... I already have an AT&T acct for my iPhone, maybe I can get DSL bundled as part of a package
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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+1 for the AT&T DSL. I pay $25 month for the "Pro" service. I know some pay more and some pay less. I haggled a bit to get the deal, and even got a discount for working for a Govt Contractor.

I had some issues initially with my D Link router and Linksys Modem. After several attempt to resolve the issue over phone with a AT&T tech, they end up crediting my account, giving me a free month, and sent me a 2Wire modem for no charge. It's been 2 years and 1 month, and not one single issue (knock on wood). Oh and I just took back the router and modem to Best Buy to get my money back.
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