Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
High Speed Internet for $14.95/month
Old 09-27-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 64
High Speed Internet for $14.95/month

I was fed up with Time Warner as my TV and internet provider and decided to jump on an offer from AT&T. I believe it is nationwide. I do NOT have telephon with them since I use Ooma (discussed in another thread). AT&T calls internet (DSL) without landline "dry loop".
They offer $14.95/month for 12 month for speeds up to 3Mps.
Here is the link:
at&t - Switch Today! Get $300 Back! | AT&T - High Speed Internet, Cable & Phone

Installation was easy, no need to be home. I bought the modem at Walmart ($49.95) instead getting the exact same model from AT&T for $75.
__________________

__________________
2good is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-27-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Htown Harry's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,516
Interesting that they are selling AT&T U-verse, DSL and other landline services through a dealer. Is this a new development, or has it been around for a while?

(Of course "authorized dealers" have been a part of their business model in cellular service for a long time.)
__________________

__________________
Htown Harry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2010, 11:20 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
Ronnieboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 646
I am thinking of switching from Comcast, even though I like the internet and the speed I get from them, they have a 'suggested' data limit of 250GB per month (which they claim covers 99% of their customers). When you go over it once you might get a warning call and if you go over it twice within 12 months you can get fired as a customer.
While I noticed our usage was usually below 200GB, I have noticed that the past two months it has gone over the 250, sometimes in the high 290's. I guess the kids XBOX live is sucking up a lot of bandwidth?
__________________
I don't want to spend my entire life at work. I deserve more. - Want2retire aka W2R
Ronnieboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 12:18 AM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,284
I just went from the .7 to the 3 for the same price... I would have gone to 6 for $20 per month, but they do not have it at my house at that speed..
__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 01:03 AM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
kyounge1956's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,171
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2good View Post
I was fed up with Time Warner as my TV and internet provider and decided to jump on an offer from AT&T. I believe it is nationwide. I do NOT have telephon with them since I use Ooma (discussed in another thread). AT&T calls internet (DSL) without landline "dry loop".
They offer $14.95/month for 12 month for speeds up to 3Mps.
Here is the link:
at&t - Switch Today! Get $300 Back! | AT&T - High Speed Internet, Cable & Phone

Installation was easy, no need to be home. I bought the modem at Walmart ($49.95) instead getting the exact same model from AT&T for $75.
What's the monthly rate after the first year?
__________________
kyounge1956 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 07:25 AM   #6
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2good View Post
I was fed up with Time Warner as my TV and internet provider and decided to jump on an offer from AT&T. I believe it is nationwide. I do NOT have telephon with them since I use Ooma (discussed in another thread). AT&T calls internet (DSL) without landline "dry loop".
They offer $14.95/month for 12 month for speeds up to 3Mps.
Here is the link:
at&t - Switch Today! Get $300 Back! | AT&T - High Speed Internet, Cable & Phone

Installation was easy, no need to be home. I bought the modem at Walmart ($49.95) instead getting the exact same model from AT&T for $75.
I would go for this internet deal but I have Vonage and like it a lot.
__________________
afntrn56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 09:57 AM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Pasadena CA
Posts: 2,695
How fast will the 250GB fill up if DW is streaming Netflix video thru the Wii from our DSL?
__________________
T.S. Eliot:
Old men ought to be explorers
yakers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 10:10 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by kyounge1956 View Post
What's the monthly rate after the first year?

I think it is $30 or $35 per month.... but by then I think things will have changed and the regular price will be down...

OR, they will have U-Verse and we can get a package deal...
__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 12:40 PM   #9
Full time employment: Posting here.
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Atlanta suburbs
Posts: 881
Quote:
Originally Posted by yakers View Post
How fast will the 250GB fill up if DW is streaming Netflix video thru the Wii from our DSL?
Depends on movie quality. Netflix streaming servers adjust to your link quality (so you do get better quality if your pipe is bigger)
I've seen most of Netflix downloads on DSL in 3Mbps range (notice lowercase "b" there), so back of the envelope calculations indicate around 230 hours of Netflix movie streaming to reach 250GB.
YMMV.
__________________
sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 07:05 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by afntrn56 View Post
I would go for this internet deal but I have Vonage and like it a lot.
I believe Vonage is a VOIP service. This should work without problems with any high speed internet.
I use Ooma for the same purpose.
__________________
2good is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 07:07 PM   #11
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by Htown Harry View Post
Interesting that they are selling AT&T U-verse, DSL and other landline services through a dealer. Is this a new development, or has it been around for a while?

(Of course "authorized dealers" have been a part of their business model in cellular service for a long time.)
I must have messed up the link. I got this offer straight from AT&T, not via this dealer. Price seems to be the same though.
__________________
2good is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 07:08 PM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,124
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2good View Post
I believe Vonage is a VOIP service. This should work without problems with any high speed internet.
Except satellite...
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 08:34 PM   #13
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2good View Post
I believe Vonage is a VOIP service. This should work without problems with any high speed internet.
I use Ooma for the same purpose.
I was under the impression it won't work with DSL. I guess I better have another look at it. Nothing would please me more than to be able to dump TWC.
__________________
afntrn56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Rustward's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,572
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2good View Post
<snip> This should work without problems with any high speed internet. <snip>
Not exactly. VOIP requires a steady stream of data with low and relatively constant delay. VOIP bandwidth requirements are not really that high. ISDN does digital voice using 64 kilobits per second without compression. Compression can reduce the bandwidth requirement to less than half that.

Bandwidth is not the same as speed or delay. Bandwidth is units of data per units of time, but the data does not necessarily have to be evenly distributed across the unit of time.

A 100 kilobit stream may be evenly distributed across time, and this would be ideal for VOIP. But if, for example (and this is exaggerated for illustration), 100 kilobits are transmitted in the first 1/2 of each second, and the second half of the second is dead, (100 kilobits in the first half-second, then nothing for the second half of the second) you still have 100 kilobits per second of bandwidth but if you try to use it for VOIP it will give both callers a headache. This is not a real world example. In the real world delay can be variable, and variation in delay is called jitter, and jitter makes for delay in voice and sometimes leads to both callers starting to talk at the same time. It is really annoying.

VoIP Speed Test - Broadband Bandwidth Test - Broadband Jitter Test
Click the start button to start it.
__________________
Rustward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 12:11 PM   #15
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Rustward's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,572
Quote:
Originally Posted by afntrn56 View Post
I was under the impression it won't work with DSL. I guess I better have another look at it. Nothing would please me more than to be able to dump TWC.
The consumer VOIP services are designed to work on high speed internet -- doesn't matter if it is DSL, FiOS, or cable. And the signal does not have to be perfect, but below certain thresholds, call quality will be affected. Poor quality might be acceptable for occasional phone use, but for the person who is on the phone all day it could be problematic.
__________________
Rustward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 02:24 PM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustward View Post
The consumer VOIP services are designed to work on high speed internet -- doesn't matter if it is DSL, FiOS, or cable. And the signal does not have to be perfect, but below certain thresholds, call quality will be affected. Poor quality might be acceptable for occasional phone use, but for the person who is on the phone all day it could be problematic.

My wife uses Skype all the time... quality is acceptable most of the time and good a lot...
__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 04:27 PM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,155
The AT&T $15 (3mbps) and the $20 (6 mbps) plans are very attractive, especially with the inclusion of the $50 Visa gift card.

However, I have repeatedly heard complaints that most people usually see less than 1/2 of the advertised speed.

AT&T Elite DSL package, but I think I'm being capped badly. - dslreports.com

Worse yet, support from AT&T is a joke, according to the complainers. So, who currently uses these 3mbps and 6mpbs plan? Can you report back your actual speed, and how happy/unhappy with the plan?
__________________
Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 05:30 PM   #18
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam View Post
The AT&T $15 (3mbps) and the $20 (6 mbps) plans are very attractive, especially with the inclusion of the $50 Visa gift card.

However, I have repeatedly heard complaints that most people usually see less than 1/2 of the advertised speed.

AT&T Elite DSL package, but I think I'm being capped badly. - dslreports.com

Worse yet, support from AT&T is a joke, according to the complainers. So, who currently uses these 3mbps and 6mpbs plan? Can you report back your actual speed, and how happy/unhappy with the plan?

I just got the 3mbps package a few weeks ago.... consistent speed of 1.2 to 1.3 mbps... called and did all the tests they say and then was told it might take 4 days to get the proper speed... called about 5 days later and was on the phone for an hour going through the same test again (even though I gave them a case number)... he found a 'line' problem and was going to connect me to the next level... got cut off and no return call..

Called about 5 more days and got someone who wanted me to do all the test again even though I gave him my SECOND case number... ripped him a good one so he only had me do one test... got to the second level this time and the lady did more tests.... and said 'well, you are below the guaranteed speed of 1.5mbps'.... I said "WHAT" If all I am going to get is 1.5 we might as well not put it in.... she did 'stuff' and then reset something etc. etc.... and I now have about 2.5 mbps when I tested it... that was two days ago... I will test again and let you know what it is...


Just to let people know... I was not able to connect my Netgear wireless to AT&T... had to use the 2Wire... and the one I bought did not connect to all laptops for some reason... so bought a second on EBay and it works great... Got a third from AT&T that I THINK is free since I upgraded... I did not get $50
__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 07:28 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,155
Texas Proud,

So the complaints were mostly true. I'm glad you're now getting 2.5mbps. Do let me when you test it again.

Despite everything, I'm still interested in their 6mbps plan, assuming of course I'll get at least 1/2 that speed.

I have one more question for you (I'm just too lazy to do the research): I assume you use one "modem/wifi hotspot" combo to serve all computers in the house, right? If so, what is the make/model of that modem/wifi hotspot combo? Did you have to pay for it, or does it come free w/ your 1-year contract?
__________________
Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 12:09 AM   #20
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam View Post
Texas Proud,

So the complaints were mostly true. I'm glad you're now getting 2.5mbps. Do let me when you test it again.

Despite everything, I'm still interested in their 6mbps plan, assuming of course I'll get at least 1/2 that speed.

I have one more question for you (I'm just too lazy to do the research): I assume you use one "modem/wifi hotspot" combo to serve all computers in the house, right? If so, what is the make/model of that modem/wifi hotspot combo? Did you have to pay for it, or does it come free w/ your 1-year contract?

OK... tested it a few times... from Seattle I only got 1.6... but Dallas, NY, Washington all in the 2.5 range..

They have a 2Wire HB something they sell for $100, but if you are a new customer they rebate the money... seems to work good... my wife goes to the back porch and does some work... the modem is on the second floor, so I do not know if that helps or not...

Our house can not get the 6... I wish it did... I have a friend who as the 6 and Netflix streaming and he gets a great feed.... all seem to be in HD....
__________________

__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can you live with OUT cell phone, high speed internet and cable TV? Enuff2Eat FIRE and Money 54 05-21-2007 05:28 AM
Test Your Internet Speed Danny Other topics 40 12-13-2006 09:50 PM
Clearwire wireless high-speed internet Evelyne Other topics 4 11-16-2006 02:19 PM
High Speed Internet REWahoo FIRE and Money 29 05-01-2006 07:16 PM
Suggestions for High-Speed Internet Cut-Throat Other topics 23 07-17-2004 08:54 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:12 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.