Cable cutters: Who is your ISP?

j r

I'm at that point, finally . . . 

Internet only and a new smart TV would be fine for my needs. Who has a reasonable deal for internet service with no contract required?


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mrmaplewood

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Judith

Define reasonable. I have Verizon double play. Internet and Fios basic TV. I pay $72 and this includes renting their box and remote. I assumed the basic TV would only have the basic channels 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 13. But I have a lot more, plus Fios on Demand  which is nice for when I’ve missed shows. 


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Ridley

FiOS is the most reliable ISP in the area, still. I pay 59.99 a month for 75/75, internet only, but that’s a 2 year contract and not what you want. also we have no idea what you consider reasonable..


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bub

Regarding Fios on demand, they charge you to watch many shows from stations that are part of your plan and which you could have recorded free of charge.  


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j r

Reasonable is less than $175 without HBO, which is the cost of my Fios triple play bundle now that the contract has expired. The disconnect fee for a new Fios contract of any kind is $350, and given my plans, I'm not willing to risk incurring it. 

Comcast has a no-contract internet/TV deal right now for $50/month with free installation. The savings in a few months would cover the cost of a big smart TV and several annual subscriptions. That's the way I'm leaning.



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Ridley
j_r said:
Reasonable is less than $175 without HBO, which is the cost of my Fios triple play bundle now that the contract has expired. The disconnect fee for a new Fios contract of any kind is $350, a fee that  I'm not willing to risk. 
Comcast has a no-contract internet/TV deal right now for $50/month with free installation. The savings in a few months would cover the cost of a big smart TV and several annual subscriptions. That's the way I'm leaning.

 Then go for it. Nothing would make me go back to comcast, tbh, and I watch a ton of TV through YouTube, and my 10/month amazon prime subscription. I have an ota aerial which is spotty because of my location, but in general there’s nothing on live tv I really need to see.

Does the Comcast deal include set top box and router rental? What upload/download speeds would you get?


Edited to add: apologies for the tone of this post, I’m a little gruff this morning.


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Judith
bub said:
Regarding Fios on demand, they charge you to watch many shows from stations that are part of your plan and which you could have recorded free of charge.  

I usually see them charge after the episode is 3-4 weeks old so you just have to catch up on missed tv faster. Recording requires a DVR which incurs it’s own charge. Between the very basic Fios, Hulu $6 Prime (free share with sister) and & Netflix $12 I haven’t missed cable at all. 


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ml1

my experience with getting internet only deals is that the published price doesn't include the modem.  It costs about $200 to buy a modem, or if you rent, it adds about $11-12 to the monthly bill.  We went with the rental, because I've found that we need to get an upgrade every couple of years anyway, so I doubt we'd save much money by buying our own modem.


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ml1
ElizMcCord said:


bub said:
Regarding Fios on demand, they charge you to watch many shows from stations that are part of your plan and which you could have recorded free of charge.  
I usually see them charge after the episode is 3-4 weeks old so you just have to catch up on missed tv faster. Recording requires a DVR which incurs it’s own charge. Between the very basic Fios, Hulu $6 Prime (free share with sister) and & Netflix $12 I haven’t missed cable at all. 

 Comcast has done this in the past on some programs.  I don't think it's the decision of Comcast or Verizon to charge.  It's the studio or network that owns the program that requires charging the customer to watch.


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Ridley
ml1 said:
my experience with getting internet only deals is that the published price doesn't include the modem.  It costs about $200 to buy a modem, or if you rent, it adds about $11-12 to the monthly bill.  We went with the rental, because I've found that we need to get an upgrade every couple of years anyway, so I doubt we'd save much money by buying our own modem.

 I got an Asus router for $70 from Amazon and it works fine. No need for a separate modem.


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BG9
ml1 said:
my experience with getting internet only deals is that the published price doesn't include the modem.  It costs about $200 to buy a modem, or if you rent, it adds about $11-12 to the monthly bill.  We went with the rental, because I've found that we need to get an upgrade every couple of years anyway, so I doubt we'd save much money by buying our own modem.

 $200?

My $40 modem works perfectly fine.

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-TC-7610-Download-343Mbps-Certified/dp/B010Q29YF8/ref=sr_1_1


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ml1

maybe I got bad advice from Verizon, but the specs I was given for a FIOS compatible modem ran about $200.


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ml1

I also should add that there were modems for less than that, but they didn't include a wireless router.


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Ridley
ml1 said:
maybe I got bad advice from Verizon, but the specs I was given for a FIOS compatible modem ran about $200.

 You don't need a modem at all. i have a router with an ethernet cord plugged directly into my FIOS ONT. That runs both my hardwired computer and all the wifi devices in my (granted pretty small) house. There are a lot of good threads on what to do (including posts about how I did it) on SOMA Lounge if you search for cord cutting. Buy your own router, send their rental back. You don't need it unless you're actually getting cable TV through FIOS.


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shh
j_r said:
Reasonable is less than $175 without HBO, which is the cost of my Fios triple play bundle now that the contract has expired. The disconnect fee for a new Fios contract of any kind is $350, and given my plans, I'm not willing to risk incurring it. 
Comcast has a no-contract internet/TV deal right now for $50/month with free installation. The savings in a few months would cover the cost of a big smart TV and several annual subscriptions. That's the way I'm leaning.


 We just did that. Xfinity, about $50 a month. We use a smart tv and also got Netflix free from T-MOBILE. My husband will,subscribe or otherwise figure out how to watch Yankee games' but for now I'm happy saving over $100 a month from FIOS. 


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mrmaplewood

I have a Comcast package and I find their TV platform to be unstable.  Can't tell you how many times it tells me "Unable to connect to the X1 Platform".  Rebooting does not always solve the problem.  It seems to me that they have made some changes to the system that haven't been thoroughly pretested.


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Sally

It was a LONG time ago that we switched from Comcast to Verizon FIOS for TV.  (We never had Comcast for internet or phone, but we now have Verizon for everything.)  I was SO glad to get away from all of the billing and customer service hassles of Comcast and I never heard anything good from their internet customers about the quality of that service either.  (But that was over ten years ago, so things may have changed.)


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bub

Fios comes up short in one category compared to Comcast.  The Comcast user interface/menu for movies and TV shows was excellent.  Fios' is useless.


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Sally
bub said:
Fios comes up short in one category compared to Comcast.  The Comcast user interface/menu for movies and TV shows was excellent.  Fios' is useless.

 From what I hear, FIOS has far better/faster internet or at least did around the time we switched.  I'll live with a lousy interface before I can live with glitchy internet service.  But it also shouldn't be so hard for Verizon to fix their menu/interface ... I just wouldn't switch services for that reason.


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sac said:


bub said:
Fios comes up short in one category compared to Comcast.  The Comcast user interface/menu for movies and TV shows was excellent.  Fios' is useless.
 From what I hear, FIOS has far better/faster internet or at least did around the time we switched.  I'll live with a lousy interface before I can live with glitchy internet service.  But it also shouldn't be so hard for Verizon to fix their menu/interface ... I just wouldn't switch services for that reason.

 I agree. I wouldn't switch because of it. It shouldn't be hard for them to fix it, but it seems to be low on their list. Or they don't understand how bad it is. I notice Verizon also has lousy web pages. Some companies are clueless about user interface design, and Verizon is a champion of that cluelessness. We don't have fios available where we are, and it's too bad, because it is the best consumer ISP I have ever seen.


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