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Re: High Speed is Relative
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:27:21 PM
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When I switched from month-to-month to contract, DSLx pro-rated it back three months so I only paid $15 last month.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:25:51 PM
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@D J

I was paying $35/month (3Mbps) using month-to-month and switched to a contract at $30/month. If Grandpa has to pay more tahn his expected $15/month next year, he'll go back to Juno at $5. I'm confident of that. If you look at DSLextreme.com, there's nothing about introductory rate, just contract or month-to month.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:21:56 PM
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Many people can't imagine life without a landline. Plus, the junk calls all go there. I know because I'm home all day and don;t answer the phone. But sometimes, you don't want people to have your cell number. Let them leave a message and I'll hear it later.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
D J Liu   8/1/2014 12:28:55 PM
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MeasurementBlues

When I subscribed last year for my parents, DSL Extreme was $15 a month. A few months ago they indicated that the renewal rate would be $25 because the introductory rate expired after one year. This is not unusual.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
TonyTib   8/1/2014 11:39:05 AM
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Are you adding in the cost of the POTS?  Since voice is cheap if you go VoIP (or only use your cell phone), the analog telephone line required by the cheap services is really part of the cost.  Typically, dry loop DSL isn't much cheaper, although you can negotiate.

However, one plus of true dry loop DSL: no added taxes.  For example, the $40 Fusion service (availabe from ISPs around here like Sonic.net and LMI.net) actually costs >$50 because of the extra taxes (since an analog phone line is included, even if you don't want it).


I go tired of paying ~$24/month for pretty useless local phone service, and we don't do cable (no time), or even much Internet at home, so I'm on wireless at home (about 12M down/ 2M up - faster than a lot of DSL, but capped) for about the same price as just the phone service.

 

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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 9:29:55 AM
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When I started with The World, their gateway to the internet was a Unix prompt, text only. I still miss the Pine text editor.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 9:27:20 AM
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D J Liu,

Where did you get this into from? At current pricing, his cost will still be $15/month if he agress to a one-year contract. It's $30/month only if you go month-to-month. My DSL is $30 on contract for higher speed.

As for the $15 monthly with DSL Extreme, it will become $25 or more after the introductory offer expires in a year. Look forward to another article by then.

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Re: DSL
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 9:17:11 AM
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David, The modem is connected to the PC over Ethernet. His printer is connected to the PC over USB. No router. Wireless? Maybe next year.

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David Ashton   8/1/2014 3:35:23 AM
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Martin...how is your Grandpa's modem connecting to the PC?  Via Ethernet or via USB?  I never had problems with losing the connection on switch-off, but I did have to mess around with the DHCP ranges in the modem and make my printer a static address so my wife and I could both print to it...if the DSL Modem went off (occasionally needed a reset) then it would sometimes give the printer a different address on DHCP.  DSL is a magic technology though.

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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
zeeglen   7/31/2014 8:19:33 PM
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@mikekirshner I had a 300 baud modem in 1979

And at the low end of the spectrum our college ham club had a 45.45 baud modem (built by yours truly) for Baudot radio-teletype on shortwave using a mechanical teleprinter.  Was fun to tune into those Associated Press news broadcasts.  Kerchunk...kerchunk...kerchunk...DING!

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