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Old 05-16-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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I had a Verizon DSL line from the beginning of the Internet, since Dial Up ended. I could not get FIOS in my building, even though Verizon has installed the boxes. Weird. A few months ago switched to Spectrum for Internet and TV, which I stream, and am saving about $60 a month, including the transfer of a landline, which I rarely use but somehow can't give up. There were a lot of installation problems with Spectrum, but I can't complain, as they were truly on the case. Three technicians came out in one week to reinstall the line. The last one changed the router, and then I reinstalled the wireless adapter on the computer, and everything has run perfectly since then. Despite everything horrible I heard about Spectrum, I'm happy with the service, and their attention to my installation problem. I've had Verizon for my cellphone in the past, but got a better deal with T-Mobile, especially for international service, and so switched. I think Verizon wireless might be a touch better than T-Mobile, which people complain about, but the differences are negligible, and T-Mobile has much better international rates if you travel. I think Spectrum has improved tremendously. Nothing like a lawsuit to whip a company into shape.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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I currently have RCN for internet only - when I moved into my apartment in March 2016, had cable/internet, had to upgrade the channel package to get what I wanted. The bill was around $120/$130....in Oct 2017, I dropped cable and went to internet only, and started streaming all of my TV. My bill went down to $54....they've slowly been creeping up since then.

I'm moving soon, and plan to install Fios internet only. Should be around $70 a month.

I'm currently a little salty towards RCN as my service has been out since Sunday. Which means not only can I not work from home as I normally do twice a week, but my only entertainment option is to play a DVD.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'm not mathjak but installation is $49.99. Some more info here:

https://www.cabletv.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-spectrum

Thank you Martin, that link was very helpful.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:46 PM
 
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Lix,


Hook a pair of rabbit ears into your TV's antenna input. You will be amazed at the channels you will get.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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So, Moving415. what I glean from your installation problems is that it might be better to pay the $49.95 installation fee and lay any problem on THEM rather than try a DIY. I am under a tremendous amount of stress lately so I don't need more.




Thank you everyone. I appreciate the help.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Lix,


Hook a pair of rabbit ears into your TV's antenna input. You will be amazed at the channels you will get.
I'd have to go procure a pair of rabbit ears to do that. Thankfully they fixed it this afternoon and I am back online. My Hulu queue is currently hefty but that's ok, it'll keep me occupied after Game of Thrones is over.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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[quote=Kefir King;55203886]So, Moving415. what I glean from your installation problems is that it might be better to pay the $49.95 installation fee and lay any problem on THEM rather than try a DIY. I am under a tremendous amount of stress lately so I don't need more.


No, Spectrum did install it. No way am I DYI. Are you serious? I think they waived the fee as part of the incentive package. They had difficulty installing the line. But were very quick to fix the problem. They sent 3 technicians out in one week, always at my convenience, and the same day that I called. The last technician tried a different router than the ones the other technicians had given me, and that fixed the problem. I've had fast, flawless service since then. I stream TV now. It's a great improvement over my Verizon DSL (again, I cannot get FIOS, so cannot compare to othat), and I'm saving some money, too. Eventually I'll drop the landline and save more, although it's only $10/month to keep that line.The only DIY thing I did was reinstall the wireless adapter on my computer to further stabilize the wireless connection. Have had zero problems since I made this switch in January.

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Old 05-18-2019, 12:16 PM
 
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I just switched from Spectrum to Fios. The data service is much better. The TV? Eh. I took one of there station packages. I doesn't have a lot of the little non-premium channels I got with Spectrum. I miss some of those. One of the techs who did the install gave me a hint as to how to get them back, but I have to wait 30 days from the start to try. I don't like their guide screen as much. They don't have start over, which I found useful. But they also don't have the bit rate dropouts Spectrum had constantly. So it's a trade off. Also, Fios is around $70/month cheaper.

I'll see what happens when I try to rearrange the package. That will tell if I like this long term or not.

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Old 05-18-2019, 12:49 PM
 
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Stick to FiOs, you get what you pay for.

I should have signed up immediately after Hurricane Sandy, my bill would have been prolly still under $200 had I not waited a year. I pay $225 for 3 HD STBs (1 with DVR), landline and 75/75. I have every premium channel. I even picked my phone exchange out. Sorry I'm old school, but I wanted a specific phone exchange. Verizon has my money until further notice.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Stick to FiOs, you get what you pay for.

I should have signed up immediately after Hurricane Sandy, my bill would have been prolly still under $200 had I not waited a year. I pay $225 for 3 HD STBs (1 with DVR), landline and 75/75. I have every premium channel. I even picked my phone exchange out. Sorry I'm old school, but I wanted a specific phone exchange. Verizon has my money until further notice.

I liked everything you said, except for the $225.
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