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Old 01-22-2007, 06:55 PM   #61
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:24 PM   #62
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Verizon landline $22.55
Verizon DSL $23.35 (locked in for 1 year)
Comcast cable $54.02
nTelos cell phone family plan 3 phones $59.99 for 1200 shared minutes plus $6.99 unlimited text messaging on DD's phone plus other taxes and fees usually equal about $84.10 per month (just switched to unlimited text messaging since she had 250 messages for $4.99 and went over by 204 for the month, so she owes $20.40. Thank goodness we have unlimited mobile to mobile and unlimited weekends and nights starting at 7:00, since we used 6,311 minutes this month. DD's boyfriend is stationed in CA and we are in WV. Luckily, we have the same provider, so they can call each other for free!
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:01 AM   #63
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Hey SG, what I suggested is simple: that people do exactly what you say you did.

Problem is, as stated, people dont actually read a thread or try to figure out what someone is trying to say before they rush to tell them why they're wrong.

Whether I believe the BLS stats isnt relevant. For the record, I believe they're quite accurate for what they measure and I believe them completely when they state, as i've quoted, that the figures are not intended to be general purpose cost of living numbers that everyone can count on applying to their specific budgets.

To restate it for about the fourth time...I think everyone should do a budget and understand how cost of living changes are effecting them and invest accordingly.

Re-read the last statement and tell me what you disagree with and why.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:34 AM   #64
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Hey SG, what I suggested is simple: that people do exactly what you say you did.

Problem is, as stated, people dont actually read a thread or try to figure out what someone is trying to say before they rush to tell them why they're wrong.

Whether I believe the BLS stats isnt relevant. For the record, I believe they're quite accurate for what they measure and I believe them completely when they state, as i've quoted, that the figures are not intended to be general purpose cost of living numbers that everyone can count on applying to their specific budgets.

To restate it for about the fourth time...I think everyone should do a budget and understand how cost of living changes are effecting them and invest accordingly.

Re-read the last statement and tell me what you disagree with and why.
Hey, CFB. I don't disagree with you and I know you understand what you're doing. I just do my best to keep an edge on this forum. I assume that's what you're doing much of the time too. Who wants to visit a site where everyone just sits around in a mutual admiration circle jerk? That's one reason why I always try to support the outcasts (hocum excluded . . . even I have limits) and complain about the overmodulation.
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Oh, well thats different.

In that case, blow me.
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Oh, well thats different.

In that case, blow me.
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:32 AM   #67
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Land line = $23 to 24... no long distance
Cell = $50... 500 minutes anywhere... no roaming
Cable = $114... Expanded digital plus internet... but I called today and asked what I could cut to lower the bill... they put me on a promo package for 6 months at $90... told me to call back in 6 months and ask for the promo again!

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That's one reason why I always try to support the outcasts (hocum excluded . . . even I have limits) and complain about the overmodulation.
Yeah, thanks a lot for your support... and to the server fund, too!
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:28 AM   #69
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cellphone- $39. amonth- 300 minutes
landline- $33. a month
Internet and Cable- $114. a month
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One land line and local calls - about $35/mo.

Dial up ISP - $17.95/mo.

Long distance - .05/min.

Cell phone - prepaid time for traveling only

No cable TV

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land line and local calls 34 with tax
dial up internet 9.95
Tracfone prepaid cell 20 monthly ave, already paid (will be less this year)
long distance 16 cents (20 card for 800 minutes, had for five years, half used)

No cable.
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land line: $35/month - no long distance includes all the taxes, surcharges, etc which double the bill
DSL: $30 - tied to the land line
prepaid card for long distance - minimal/month: less than $10?
cable: $56 - no real options and I resent it
cell: prepaid T-Mobile about $10/month. As has been said, no coverage in rural areas like when we are camping, but DH and I trade who has it depending on the schedule of the day, just to get those grocery lists or make sure no one forgets to get the kids.

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I have had Sprint PCS cell service for a few years. I also still have the landline.
Let's see:

$87.70 - Sprint cell service for DW and me (including tax & fees)
$42.60 - Touchtone landline (Windstream)

$104.68 - Cable TV and Roadrunner ISP bundled together.

so, that's $234.71 for voice, ISP and cable tv. Outrageous, isn't it?


I am very displeased with Sprint service. They keep tacking six months on the end of my contract. The last time they sent me an email thanking me for accepting an offer for a discount on a month's service. I noticed also that my contract expiration date had been extended again. When I called, wrote, and called again to complain about this practice, I was told that I (or DW) had visited a store and accepted an offer and when you "make a change" to your plan, they can extend the contract to 2 years from that date. Neither of us visited a store or accepted any offer from Sprint PCS. Anyway, they slammed me and then called me a liar.

Besides that, I do get a lot of dropped calls, too. Folks tell me that all cell phone companies are like that. If that is true, I may go back to tin cans and twine!
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:24 PM   #74
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for this kind of treatment you pay them more than $1,000 per year ?!!
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for this kind of treatment you pay them more than $1,000 per year ?!!
Unfortunately, yes. It is 'almost' worth the $200 it will cost me to get out of the contract, too.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:08 PM   #76
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Total amounts, taxes and all:

BellSouth land line: $22.35/month (no long distance provider)
Verizon cell phone: $33.85/month (old regional plan)
Cox Cable: $58.46/month ($15.55 for bare bones basic cable TV, $41.95 for cable internet)
AOL: $14.95 (TCP/IP access)

Gee, all of this sounds like a lot more than I thought it would! It's almost $130 total.
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They keep tacking six months on the end of my contract. The last time they sent me an email thanking me for accepting an offer for a discount on a month's service. I noticed also that my contract expiration date had been extended again. When I called, wrote, and called again to complain about this practice, I was told that I (or DW) had visited a store and accepted an offer and when you "make a change" to your plan, they can extend the contract to 2 years from that date. Neither of us visited a store or accepted any offer from Sprint PCS. Anyway, they slammed me and then called me a liar.
i'd suggest you not take this lying down, and would suggest you file complaints with your attorney general and the fcc and anyone else you can think of. i would also write to Sprint, attaching copies of the complaints, and "respectfully" request that the fraudulent extensions be rescinded.
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i'd suggest you not take this lying down, and would suggest you file complaints with your attorney general and the fcc and anyone else you can think of. i would also write to Sprint, attaching copies of the complaints, and "respectfully" request that the fraudulent extensions be rescinded.
I have considered calling the Better Business Bureau and a local TV consumer reporter; but unfortunately all I have is an email message as evidence. There is no paper trail. It is basically their word against mine. I don't intend to ignore it; but it may take a good strategy to get their attention. I think a store employee picked an account at random and imposed the promotion in order to make their sales numbers look better.

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Landline: About $24/month
Dial up: $5.50
No cell phones
No cable, satellite, etc.

Grand total for communication expenses: $29.50/mo.
I think we have a winner.

Cell phone (Verizon) $90 split with sister and husband
Internet, Cable, Tivo $102 split with roomate
Total $96
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Yes I had dial up for what seemed forever but then you get high speed and its like your first....... time and....... well you never go back to that slow ........
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