Cable is pulling new tricks

hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#1
So when I first moved out on my own I only had internet from Comcast, as I'm fine with OTA. After my promotional period of $30 a month ended it went up to $55 (ripoff but whatever). That promotional period just ended (they were going to hike it up to $75) so I called. The cheapest reasonable internet offering they have in my area (25mbps) is $65 a month. However for the next 12 months (no contract) i'm registered for internet (50mbps) and basic cable for $60 a month.

I have zero clue how that makes any sense but i'm hoping i can use AV inputs for the cable box to still retain my OTA usage. I think cable companies are going to start using this nonsense even more frequently over the next few months as more people try to cut to just internet. The worst part in my situations (as i'm sure many are wondering why I don't switch internet providers) is that my only other option is century link and i'd rather not buy a new modem at the moment.
 
#2
So when I first moved out on my own I only had internet from Comcast, as I'm fine with OTA. After my promotional period of $30 a month ended it went up to $55 (ripoff but whatever). That promotional period just ended (they were going to hike it up to $75) so I called. The cheapest reasonable internet offering they have in my area (25mbps) is $65 a month. However for the next 12 months (no contract) i'm registered for internet (50mbps) and basic cable for $60 a month.

I have zero clue how that makes any sense but i'm hoping i can use AV inputs for the cable box to still retain my OTA usage.
It makes no sense because they simply make up numbers depending how the no-customer-service rep feels that day. (My experience with TWC -- at least a dozen calls.) I highly recommend you call again, or write an email, stating you feel forced to switch to Century Link due to a tight budget in a bad economy. They may give you a special super-secret phone number where they hand out the REAL deals. I'm paying $44.95/mo for a 20 Mbps connection, but without that secret number it would be $64.95.

Unfortunately, I have to call and beg some more every six months. :Cry: But it's a whole different department at the secret number. YMMV.

Rick
 

hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#3
well it'll be happening next month. the "cable" they offered me is SD version of the antenna channels i already receive and not even all of them. That's not cable. cable is ESPN and Discovery (which are blocked). So i'm calling century link next week to find out how setup and pricing will work. then calling comcast to "cancel" and if they dont offer me a better internet only deal i'm switching.
 

Jim5506

DTVUSA Member
#4
I don't see it as a trick, but more as lack of research on your part.

I would never sign up for any carrier without having a written copy of exactly what I am receiving.

You are probably getting the same channels you could have watched off your cable coax for internet service (some cable systems offer an SD digital tier for little of nothing and it is usually not encrypted so those who have only internet service could connect it to a TV with a QAM tuner and watch.

My phone + 15mb internet service is $65 with taxes and there are about 40 SD digital channels in the clear on that line - I don't need them because I already have them in HD with Dish, but they are there.
 
#5
You have to feel sorry for the kids (anyone under 45) nowadays who grew up in a world where everything is a scam. Who think you constantly have to do "research" just to get a fair deal. Kids who think "my word is my bond" is a of bumper sticker to be sneered at.

When I was growing up, there was a door to door salesman, first name "Ken," who literally walked from door to door carrying a case full of hair care, cosmetics, laundry detergent, spices, anything you could think of. This was before most women had drivers licenses, and those that did usually had no car during the day when hubby was at work. Ken would show up at least twice a week with something old, something new, a joke and a smile on his face. Mom always bought SOMEthing, just to make sure he'd keep coming.

If there ever was any question about whether ma was happy it was money back right then in cash, no questions asked. He would take what was left of the Shamoo Shampoo, or whatever it was, but there was no way he could ever resell it. Everyone wondered how he could make a living. Through it all, he gave to his church, and gave of his time unselfishly coaching little league.

I met Ken 40 years later. He was retired, taking a bus trip to a casino (terrible blackjack player, but that's another story). He was divorced unfortunately, but he owned his own home, paid off the mortgage, sent three kids through college, and had a net worth over a million dollars. I know this, because I know his son who bought a pet supply store from him.

So walking off your behind door to door for 25 years, doing an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, can work out OK in the long run. Or once upon a time it could.

Rick
 

KrissB

DTVUSA Member
#6
Price gouging, cornering the market, etc... Who was it that was sued for huge losses in the money war era (Rockafeller? or his "friend") for trying to be severely unfair to his clients, and also severely unfair to his workers? So what's the difference? Global Greed? :p With networks demanding more, they can justify some of their higher costs. Cable is a "great" service for internet. It's a tough battle for any internet provider to compete with their service in that respect. I have no use for cable phone however, I use MagicJack, and it's been as stable as my internet... Resetting it quarterly seems to be a good practice as "just like the cable modem" a reboot is always good for devices.

So, it seems it's up to the people... To abolish the bad guy! lol Yet, who would we turn to for such an internet provider then? :\ I think the term is "They got us by the balls!"
 
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