Cable TV and Internet
October 10, 2009 5 Comments
Last month I talked online with the people at Comcast to try to cancel my cable. After a 30 minute conversation they FINALLY told me that I couldn’t cancel my cable online, I’d have to call the 1-800-comcast number to talk to a representative “in person”.
So I called.
Currently what I’m paying on my cable bill is:
$43/month for cable TV (this went up this month, from $33)
$33/month for internet (this is a promotional price in combination with the cable TV)
Total = $73 (plus taxes and fees)
When I called and said I wanted to cancel they offered me this deal:
Total: $63 (+taxes and fees)
When I asked how much it would be for just internet, they said that it would be…
Internet: $55/month (+taxes and fees – YIKES)
That’s right – it will save me $8/month to stay with Comcast and downgrade to just internet. However, I think $55/month for internet is highway ROBBERY – and I told them so – actually the word I used was “extortion“.
So I hung up with them without cancelling anything to see what my other options were (I didn’t want to cancel if this actually was the best deal available).
I also have AT&T Uverse available to me. To get internet only through At&T Uverse, I could pay as low as $25/month – plus taxes and fees) – or $35/month for the same speed I currently have through Comcast. That seems like a good deal? Right?
Sure, if you exclude the fact that I’ll have to pay an installation fee of $149. Which means, if I divide this over the course of a year, I’d be paying $149/12 = $12 extra per month – giving me a total per month fee of $47/month. Which isn’t extortion like Comcast, but still isn’t fantastic. I really want to pay less than $30 for internet at home.
Also, there is the additional factor that I don’t HAVE an extra $149 sitting around my checking account to blow on a one time fee.
So what I’ve decided to do is to cancel BOTH my cable TV and my internet with Comcast. No matter what I decide to do, I won’t be staying with Comcast. I’m not going to spend that much money on TV service I don’t use and sure as hell am not going to pay $55/month for internet when I can get the same speed I have now through Uverse for $35/month.
I’m going to go without home internet until I have saved enough money (paying my $35/month to myself) to pay for the installation fee for Uverse (or until I hate not having internet at home so much that I just give in and pay the fee). Once I’ve got the money I’ll consider whether I NEED the internet at home or not – who knows, a few months without home internet access and I may change my mind about the necessity of having it at all (doubt that, btw).
Other options that I’m considering, but haven’t researched as thoroughly:
Getting a smartphone with internet access
If I could find a phone that uses micro-SD or memory stick duo technology such that I could write a blog post or Word document on my computer, save it to my memory stick and upload it through my phone to my blog or via email I would consider getting a phone like this if the data-plan was less than $30/month. I’m not sure if something like this exists though, as I haven’t shopped for phones in years – my phone barely sends texts.
Getting a PC-adaptor for my internet access
Another thing I’ve considered is getting a wireless card for my computer that will let me use my cell phone provider as my internet provider. The plans aren’t unlimited and they aren’t fast, but I could use my internet everywhere I have cell phone service – which is kinda neat for travelling. I can get a decent card free through my cell phone company since I’m currently off contract and the plan runs around $40/month – $59/month depending on the carrier. However, for this price, I suppose I might as well just keep home internet, since the speeds would be faster – but the “go anywhere-ness” of it is compelling.
Anyway, there you have it, I’m cancelling Comcast for sure – also – I learned that they’ve been stealing $3 from me every month. I’ll save that story for a separate post though… gotta keep up the suspense some how, right? =)