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Old 10-01-2013, 02:50 PM
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I'm currently paying $110 a month for HD and DVR service on a TV that I rarely watch. This package deal includes high speed internet. I used the internet frequently for general web surfing. I don't download large files.

I called to have the HD service removed and it would have actually raised my bill since it's all packaged together. So I'm thinking about canceling the entire service and getting an HD antenna for the local stations.

That leaves me with the issue of how to get home internet/wifi. It looks like I can tether my phone (LTE) and get service that way with a fee from AT&T and a set data limit each month. Are there any free ways to turn my iphone into a hotspot and get internet service to my lap top?
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You can use pdanet, but you will not be able to log in to secure sites, bank, etc, with the free version.

http://pdanet.co/
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Is DSL available? Have you inquired what only cable internet cost?

No special antenna is needed for HD/Digital signal.
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No special antenna is needed for HD/Digital signal.
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Crap!!! I am paying that for 2 boxes (Only 1 is HD/DVR), premium channels (HBO,Showtime and Starz) and no cable internet.

Worse yet, basic cable is covered in my HOA dues.

BTW, this is through Comshaft

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I have never had cable tv but always cable internet. I pay $56/month for internet only which is more than I would like to pay but it is fast and reliable. Just get cable or DSL and do away with the TV package if you never watch it. I get a dozen or so channels on my antenna for free.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:50 PM
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I was paying almost $200/month when I decided to drop cable tv

I kept internet at about $50/month

It's worth it, and I have great 4G service
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You can use pdanet, but you will not be able to log in to secure sites, bank, etc, with the free version.

http://pdanet.co/
Yeah but for one time $40 I think who cares. I have comcast and like the speed but have used pdanet for years as a backup. It is a great software product. The only thing I wish they support and I have asked them about this it to tether from a phone to an android device like a chrome book.
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I have never had cable tv but always cable internet. I pay $56/month for internet only which is more than I would like to pay but it is fast and reliable.
You're paying way to much. I've had AT&T wireless internet for $14.95 a month with no contract for about 2 yrs, very fast and reliable. Call and specify that's exactly what you want, nothing more.
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Looked into those mobile hotspot setups you can get thru the phone companies? At least then you wont have to tether your phone
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You're paying way to much. I've had AT&T wireless internet for $14.95 a month with no contract for about 2 yrs, very fast and reliable. Call and specify that's exactly what you want, nothing more.
You did way better than me. $27.50 per mo. I think I got the "Max" tier product. Working great but if it gets too slow, I'm going "MAX TURBO" which sounds turbotastic! That's listed at $66 so I'd accept it for $35-$40.
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Yup, Got rid of cable earlier this year. CABLE IS OVER PRICED!!! Installed a directional antenna in the attic pointing to the nearest Dish and got about 20-30 channels. Including cartoons for the kids. 10 are the religious type though. Inter net I kept through AT&T. Comcast customer service is HORRIBLE!! I also use NETFLIX and split that cost with another household. Now if I can only do without the data plan on the cell phones.....ugh!!!! Thinking of dropping the data plans on the cell phones but my wife and I have become so accustomed to it.....it's like crack!
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Most mobile hotspots are throttled down. Measuring bandwidth over Comcast on my laptop and phone data speeds, both using speedbit, showed fast download spped for both - within 10% of each other. If I turn on the hotspot on the same phone and have laptop go through wifi hotspot, the speed is 1/10th of what it was.

There do make 4g replacements such as Clear which were meant as a permanent replacement for cable internet, nut I have no personal experience with their actual speeds.

So I kept cable internet at $55/month, but got rid of cable tv and phone, so comcast bill went from $200/month to $55/month. I have an antenna and use WMC on my pc so I can dvr shows.
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You can do a lot for lower cost if you can figure the internet thing out...I'm f'd it is either comcrap or satellite for Internet. Words can't describe my hate for comcrap
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I did a thread on this six months ago. Do it. I just watched eastbound and down on project free tv. I pay $40 out the door for very fast Internet, that's it.

I wound up with a $40 attic antenna from Walmart. In the attic not on the roof. Its small and easy to set up.

See link below for thread
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...s-begun.html#b
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Freedompop just went live yesterday with free (200 minutes) cell service. Unlimited is 11 bucks. You have to buy the phone for 100 bucks. They also have free internet via a mifi. Free is limited in the amount of data but you can get more. I am considering the free cell service for my daughter. Freedompop buys service from sprint. The voice minutes are VOIP.
http://www.freedompop.com/
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:31 PM
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Get an Android with Sprint. Root it, free hotspot, with unlimited usage. I went over 30 gigs of data last month.

Cable TV, Cable Internet, Home phone? drop those bills, get a good roof mount TV antenna and upgrade your cell plan.

One time fee of $200 bucks for cell phone amplifier if you have spotty reception to make sure you get a strong connection.

TV/Movies? who pays for that any more? You can even watch live TV stations for free.

Cable/satellite TV companies can kiss my arse, streaming (read: internet/3g/4g) is the future of television and media and Pirates are alive and well.

If anything just keep your high speed internet connection.
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I think in 5 years we are going to look back and say wow, how did we ever pay so much for these services.Google is bidding on the NFL Sunday Ticket, if they win the bid, it will be the end of direct TV. in turn Google TV will explode, which will push Apple then Microsoft will get involved and it will be the demise of Cable as well. The cable companies will become internet providers, only way you can stop technology r is legislation.
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