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Verizon DSL Price Hike [versus Comcast]
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r29285540-Verizon-DSL-Price-Hike ^ | 7-4-14 | daniel1212

Posted on 07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT by daniel1212

Like the poster at the link, I am currently a Verizon Phone/DSL customer in Massachusetts and just received an email from Verizon stating that they will be raising my bill by $3/month, which already costs 76.00 with taxes, as we currently pay $59.99 for Verizon Freedom Essentials (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR calling) and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" (approx. 6.50 Mbps speed at my location). No TV is included or needed.

However, after i moved less than a 1/2 mile from where I was my Internet speed was approx. cut in half, from around 12 mbps to approx. 6,50. Tech support said the lines were older on my street, yet they charge the same price for speeds from 1.1mbps to 15. http://www.verizon.com/home/highspeedinternet/high-speed-internet-plans/

Comcast via phone rep. for Performance Internet & XFINITY Voice Unlimited® (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR) offers up to 25 mbps Internet with unlimited nationwide (+ Canada and PR) for 60.00 plus taxes for 12 months with no contract, and the ability to enlist in another special offer after that. So they said.

However, I do not trust Comcast much, and while their online price for Performance Internet & XFINITY Voice Unlimited is $49. 99/mo for the first 12 months ( with 1-year agreement), yet it increases to $74.99 for months 13-24. After that, Performance Internet ranges from $42.95 to $66.95, and $39.95 to $44.95 for XFINITY Voice Unlimited, making it 83.00 for even the lowest rates, and which could increase. http://www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html#

With Verizon at least the price increases are much smaller.

Does anyone know of other options.

Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cable; comcast; internet; massachusetts; verizon; verizoncomcast
Competition is minimal here in MA, with only Comcast be much of an alternative
1 posted on 07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT by daniel1212
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To: daniel1212

Do they have Verizon FIOS in your area?

It’s worth checking — with the prices you pay, the FIOS would be of comparable price.


2 posted on 07/04/2014 1:01:04 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: daniel1212
Comcast is a LOT faster than Verizon. You do not have to buy phone service from either one. Either ditch hardline service altogether, or, if you must have a land line get magic jack or some low cost VOIP alternative.
3 posted on 07/04/2014 1:02:34 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: daniel1212
It may be hard to believe but not too many years ago, I accessed the Internet with a 2800 baud modem and paid $3.60 an hour for access.

I used to have to disable images so that pages would load faster.

4 posted on 07/04/2014 1:25:22 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: daniel1212
Considering what my friends in England and Europe pay for their BW, which is way more than what I can get (at any price), Americans are getting ripped off.
5 posted on 07/04/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: daniel1212

Those prices are crazy!
I’ve been paying $40 a month for 30Mbs for over a decade.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 1:34:35 PM PDT by mylife
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To: FredZarguna

I kept Comcast when they bought out Warner in our area years ago. Have paid $40.12 a month for cable internet ever since that time. Also dropped AT&T for business land line and went with Vonage for $10.00 a month two years ago. Vonage also includes efax number with no additional cost. Most of our calls are long distance so saves us lots of money and works well thus far.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 1:50:09 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

Comcast Xfiniti is far superior to DSL, paying $20 a month for 25 mbs only, using Directv and Vonage. No reason for a ground line any more unless you have zero options.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 1:56:57 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: mylife

Imagine living in a new bldg and finding out that ATT has an exclusivity contract and that no Sat dishes are permitted and only finding out after the lease has been signed. Imagine paying $167.78 per month for TV and broadband and that half the stations offered are infomercials, Spanish, obscure cable networks and others that are of interest to a very small slice of deviants. We watch a handful of channels of the 200 offered. You don’t get a chance to pick and choose if you opt for the lower level TV service and of course, the channels we do watch are mostly not included in the low tier. And they know it.

I could cheerfully do without TV but the other half is still stuck on the cable nets.


9 posted on 07/04/2014 2:05:22 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: Innovative
Do they have Verizon FIOS in your area?

No, and you would be right if they had it here. Lots of politics i guess.

10 posted on 07/04/2014 2:52:03 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: FredZarguna
Comcast is a LOT faster than Verizon. You do not have to buy phone service from either one. Either ditch hardline service altogether, or, if you must have a land line get magic jack or some low cost VOIP alternative.

That's an idea. Thanks.

11 posted on 07/04/2014 2:53:18 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: SamAdams76
It may be hard to believe but not too many years ago, I accessed the Internet with a 2800 baud modem and paid $3.60 an hour for access.

I used a 56k modem till 2005, for free thru http://www.freedialup.org/site/

12 posted on 07/04/2014 2:55:08 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: mylife
I’ve been paying $40 a month for 30Mbs for over a decade.

But where art thou, and what about nationwide landline?

13 posted on 07/04/2014 2:56:22 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: CARTOUCHE

hat would seriously suck!


14 posted on 07/04/2014 2:58:02 PM PDT by mylife
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To: daniel1212

In Texas, the internet is a service of the city, and I use Vonage for phone service


15 posted on 07/04/2014 3:00:19 PM PDT by mylife
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To: jeffc
Considering what my friends in England and Europe pay for their BW, which is way more than what I can get (at any price), Americans are getting ripped off.

But how much tax is charged to the providers>Outside that and infrastructure and normal system maintenance, I do think getting 60 a month from us when little local maintenance seems to be needed, and old phone lines, makes for a nice profit.

16 posted on 07/04/2014 3:04:19 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

We have Verizon DSL. Trying to obtain the service we pay for is a constant struggle. They have the absolute worst customer service I have ever seen in my life.

Good luck to you.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 4:05:47 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: daniel1212
"No, and you would be right if they had it here. Lots of politics i guess."

FIOS isn't available here, either. Unless, that is, you happen to be a Verizon exec or his friends. This guy has a lake home not too far away, and the company put in whatever equipment was necessary for him and his buddies to obtain FIOS.

Did I mention I hate Verizon?

18 posted on 07/04/2014 4:10:44 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: FredZarguna
Comcast is a LOT faster than Verizon. You do not have to buy phone service from either one. Either ditch hardline service altogether, or, if you must have a land line get magic jack or some low cost VOIP alternative.

Further research shows that the lowest price for just Comcast (up to) 25mbps Internet is $40 month (+ taxes and fees), for the first 12 months, then 55 after 24 months, then up to $67. And is restricted to one single outlet! Even Comcast Economy Plus (3mbps) is $40 month, and 6mbps is 50.

Add to that the cost of Vonage at $24.99/mo and even the 12 mo special is higher than Verizon Verizon Freedom Essentials and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" at 63.00, though the speed likely would be higher with Comcast .

Verizon High Speed Internet Enhanced is $30 by itself, but home phone service is required, the cheapest being $ 12.70 /month, but which cost $.016 per minute even for local calls, plus long distance charges. Add Vonage to that for actual phone use and its 68.00 a month combined, plus taxes.

Magic Jack would be the cheapest phone at $120 for 5 Years ($2 a month), plus portage fees if you want to keep your old number. So for 45.00 with Verizon you could get nationwide/Canada calling plus up to 15mbps Internet, or around 55 for Comcast. But i see MJ issues .

19 posted on 07/04/2014 4:20:19 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: CatherineofAragon
We have Verizon DSL. Trying to obtain the service we pay for is a constant struggle. They have the absolute worst customer service I have ever seen in my life.

I actually have found them to be good, but all i have is phone and Internet. Comcast on the other hand gets people in with specials, restricted to a single outlet, and then raises prices substantially.

And it seems the worse customer service is with Magic Jack. But the price is by far the lowest.

20 posted on 07/04/2014 4:24:23 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGAUWw6s6r4

Competition is minimal here in MA, with only Comcast be much of an alternative

I live in Massachusetts and I have access to Verizon,Comcast and RCN.

21 posted on 07/04/2014 6:11:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I live in Massachusetts and I have access to Verizon,Comcast and RCN.

Neither RCN or Verizon FIOS is available here.

22 posted on 07/05/2014 4:52:42 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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