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Old 08-26-2011, 03:43 PM
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The best isp bundle package ?

I currently have Comcast triple play..

Looking for suggestions on the best isp bundle package.

Internet.
Phone.
TV.

Internet and Phone reliability are critical..

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Old 08-26-2011, 04:06 PM
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Critical Reliability

Well with Comcast's Unter-Reliability the VOIP from them is Questionable at Best.
(If They can't even Keep the Internet Service Up and Running...)
AND THEY CANNOT!

YMMV (In the MidWest?)

Uber-Reliabile ISP is spelled T1 (BUT of course It's Unreasonably Expensive)

I hate to recommend Cellular, BUT if you're close enough to a Verizon System
Site...
The Darn Towers are all Genset equipped [even if space is "leased"] and will
sustain 150-200MPH wind force.

If you have the time to "Study Up" on how to operate one of the Newer
"CrackBerry" Type units They do Everything.
(So, that would be Voice And Internet)
"Straight Talk" uses Verizon's system at considerably lower cost...
$45.00 Per Month for unlimited Talk Text and Data.

T.V. is a "Las Vegas" Game (You'll Never Win) "Monopoly"
[Screwed by Cable or Satellite ? Your Choice]

What are the New Owners of NBC universal charging you for the "Bundle" up there?
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:53 PM
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The grass is always greener on the other side. Had ATT DSL, major issues. Had Time Warner, major issues. Those were my only real choices.

If I had to have services, I guess I would get Dish, Time Warner and an ATT cell phone. Who need a land line now days anyway and cell phones are much cheaper.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:58 PM
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Besides Comcast what other options are even available in Detroit? Is the AT&T fibre product there (i'm forgetting what it's called, it's not DSL).

Too bad you can't get Verison Fios

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Old 08-26-2011, 06:28 PM
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Verizon FiOS or DSL -- much more reliable than cable in my experience. And "land line" phone lines are basically designed for 99.999% uptime.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:37 PM
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STAY THE F#@ away from ATT if you can help it. They are OK when they work but IMO, when there is a problem, you are toast.

I wouldn't take a phone from them if they gave it to me as long as I had a reasonable choice.
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Who needs bundles/home phones?????????????
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Who needs bundles/home phones?????????????
Landline phone -- generally just works, regardless of Internet status, and still sounds better than cell/VoIP crap. Funny how we accept WORSE sounding phones than we had 10-20 years ago. For VoIP, connection speed isn't the only issue. Latency is a problem as well.

This goes double if you have an old Bell phone that was designed for good sound and durability rather than produced in a 3rd world country to a price point. I'm a tech person, but I also recognize that the best tool for the job can be the "default" one sometimes:
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Landline phone -- generally just works, regardless of Internet status, and still sounds better than cell/VoIP crap. Funny how we accept WORSE sounding phones than we had 10-20 years ago. For VoIP, connection speed isn't the only issue. Latency is a problem as well.

This goes double if you have an old Bell phone that was designed for good sound and durability rather than produced in a 3rd world country to a price point. I'm a tech person, but I also recognize that the best tool for the job can be the "default" one sometimes:
We have a red one, the wife calls it the Presidential Phone.
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We have Fios and are happy with it for TV, internet and phone. But I'm pretty sure the "landline" is not actually fully a landline. If we lose power, the phone works only as long as the Verizon battery in the garage stays charged.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:20 AM
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We have Fios and are happy with it for TV, internet and phone. But I'm pretty sure the "landline" is not actually fully a landline. If we lose power, the phone works only as long as the Verizon battery in the garage stays charged.
Yup, this is true. All of the FiOS stuff goes through an electrically powered converter box which is critical for all three services. That being said, I am much happier with FiOS than Comcast. I was paying nearly $100 after my trial period ended JUST for Comcast's mediocre channel package. Their service was atrocious as well, although the Verizon tech who installed by business phone line was not exactly professional either. We got FiOS triple play thinger for less than Comcast's tv as a NON-INTRODUCTORY rate. Haven't used the phone but the internet is much faster and the picture on my TV is MUCH better. I truly dislike Comcast...I'm still with them for my business internet but I don't pay for that so I don't care.
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We have Fios and are happy with it for TV, internet and phone. But I'm pretty sure the "landline" is not actually fully a landline. If we lose power, the phone works only as long as the Verizon battery in the garage stays charged.
There were plenty of landlines that required batteries in the house -- "common battery" systems, where the batteries were only in the phone central office, were only fully implemented in the 1960s.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:57 PM
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If I had the option I'd pay a premium to be off Comcast.

I've been with them for years but in the past 2.5 years they've been rigid and unhelpful.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:34 PM
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How much to lose the landline? They offered me a low rate of a few bucks to keep it when I told them I was going to ditch it. Basically kept it for fax purposes and as an emergency when I need to make a call and I forgot to charge the phone up or the battery died.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:07 PM
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Grr

Comcast is getting worse.

Three out of eight days no phone, and internet slow or totally down at random.

Today:
Comcast E-mail and voice mail server dead.
Comcast internet crawling or timeout.
Comcast voice over IP garbled and dropping words.
Called their help line, the issues went global while talking with them, and no estimation of when service may be restored.

Time to get a backup ISP and dump Comcast asap.

Looking hard now.

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