A couple of months ago I noticed that AT&T was charging me close to ~$100/month (USD) for a voice line and ADSL that had less than 1 MB/sec upload speed. I wondered if I could reduce my costs?
First I investigated simply moving to a cheaper ADSL plan. The best AT&T could do would reduce my cost about $12/mo while dropping the internet to their slowest speed. And I still wouldn’t have 1 MB/sec upload speed. In fact, AT&T doesn’t offer a 1 MB/sec upload speed. This could be an issue if I wanted to apply for a “work from home” customer service or technical support job. All of them require at least a 1 MB/sec upload speed.
Fortunately, the local cable network company offers service in my area. They were also offering a sale on a 10 MB down, 1 MB up plan. $15/mo. Later I learned that this plan is usually $30/mo. So in a year I expect the price to rise.
So after paying an installation fee and buying a couple of cable modems I now have perfectly good internet for less. I will note, I am not a big video or movie download person so this basic internet is fine for me.
To recap. 1) I am now paying about $16/mo for the internet. 2) My phone bill went from nearly $100 down to about $55 this month. But wait! There’s more. 🙂 That will have to wait for the next article.