Originally Posted by m_snow
1. You can cancel at any time. With cable you are normally in a contract.
This is getting off-topic, but:
I have used Comcast/XFinity, and people I know have use Time-Warner/Spectrum) and one of the little guys, possibly Frontier.
In none of these cases was there a long term contract. It was month to month.
However, in all these cases, except the little guy, which hasn't been used by the person long enough to raise prices much, there was price creep, as well as undisclosed fees. If you don't switch carriers, they keep raising prices, and adding extra fees, just like cell phone and insurance companies.
So the best answer, like satboy implies, is shop around, and switch when prices go up or you see a better deal. And avoid long term contracts of any sort. Read the fine print.
In theory, I believe "unlimited" plans are bad economics, because they encourage waste - but I currently watch too much TV on Internet TV to be on a significantly limited Internet plan. At 3+ Mbit/sec for ordinary HD video, just 1 hour / day is about 40.5 GB/month. Builds up very fast. Even more for UHD. Families could easily exceed 1 TB/month. Apparently some gamers use even more - sometimes 25 - 50 Mbit/sec.
(And to think I used to be very happy with a dial-up email service...)
Comcast/Xfinity is the most reliable and easiest to use Internet and TV service I have so far seen. If they didn't climb for us from $40/month to many times that, they would have stayed great. They know their stuff very well, but the particular local affiliate we had loved to raise prices, to lie on the phone, and to charge for boxes they didn't provide. Nonetheless, if my landlord didn't provide me with unlimited FIOS Internet, I would go back to Comcast/Xfinity Internet and TV - for one year, until their prices went up. Then I would switch again. And again. And again.
If companies want long term loyalty, they should offer long term consistent prices!
And not hide undisclosed fees.
A few months ago, Comcast/XFINITY offered one year of unlimited Internet/100 channel + Showtime TV/unlimited WiFi hotspot service for an Introductory $40/month, which would have been a great deal, for that year, though I didn't read the details, so that might be wrong. Even at $55/month current introductory price
, they aren't all that bad. Oh, wait, read the fine print:
Additional installation charges may apply. Equipment, installation, taxes and fees, including Broadcast TV Fee (up to $8/mo.), Regional Sports Fee (up to $6.75/mo.) and other applicable charges extra, and subject to change during and after the promo. Additional outlet service fee applies for multi-room viewing.
Ugh. Undisclosed fees. Which could raise the price of Xfinity to Infinity. Nope!
As for Internet/TV/Phone bundles, none of the ones I have seen are worth it. Since I don't make or take many calls, PagePlus Wireless prepaid standard plan is less expensive ($10 for 100 minutes for 120 days) than the bundled plans, has been stable in price long-term, offers excellent technical service, and is completely reliable in my area. (They use the Verizon network, which happens to work well here - though I'm sure that varies by location.) (However, PagePlus, like Verizon, stops supporting many old smartphones when they are only a few years old, a bloody nuisance.) For landlines, should you want one, MagicJack substantially underprices the phone bundles too - though they do have a problem - they don't transmit the first few seconds of every call. I've considered switching to Google Voice only instead, which is free - but I either need to leave my computer on all the time, or use Google Voice on a mobile device that I keep needing to recharge.
I would love to find a cheap wireless Internet plan... On my PagePlus Wireless account, data uses up a lot of "minutes" quickly. And if I wanted to watch TV over wireless, I can't find anything cheap.
Have any of you found a good deal on wireless Internet?