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#1121779 - 06/10/08 08:43 AM OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
loveschopintoomuch Offline
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Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 4690
Loc: Illinois
I realize my question has nothing to do with music, but it does with my ability to log on to this forum, which is a life-line for me.

I have to get a new ISP because the rate I will be charged by our cable company (we're dropping them) will be doubled.

I was told that Sprint offers a great wireless service for $40 a month. I like the idea of wireless even though I have a desktop. Presently, my computer is sitting in my family room, complete with oodles of cables and a router and a black box. All this makes for such a mess.

Sprint offers a wireless, which means I will just have to plug into a USB port with a aircord.

My question is....do any of you have Sprint? Are you happy with it? Or can you recommend another ISP that is more reasonable and offers the same service. Oh, I will be getting 40 mg of dowload whatever. And it is high speed.

Many thanks for your help, and I hope Frank doesn't get angry with me for using the forum for promotion of a product. If he does, perhaps you can just PM me, if you don't mind.

My best,
Kathleen
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891

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#1121780 - 06/10/08 08:57 AM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1451
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I do not have the wireless Sprint service but know people who do and they are happy with it, but they have a business need for it. Typically, not sure if this is for sure the case with you, you would be paying extra for the mobility.
I am guessing you ISP is Comcast?
Do you have a landline for your phone from a different company like AT&T? If so, you may be able to get DSL for cheaper thru them. You could also check if AT&T U-Verse is in your area.
Another thing you could try is the costumer retention department from your current services. Sometimes they will roll you into another promotion to keep you from switching to a competitor.

Good luck, I know how much of a pain it can be.

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#1121781 - 06/10/08 09:24 AM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
loveschopintoomuch Offline
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Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 4690
Loc: Illinois
Thank you, Triryche, for responding so quickly. You are not too far from me, so I think you will be having a day of sunshine as is predicted for our area.

You are correct!! We do have Comcast (originally Insight). But we are going for the Dish for our TV...a great promotion going on right now.

We got rid of our landline last year as AT&T went crazy with their prices. My husband and I each have our own cell phone, which we love. Both of us are seniors, so it is almost a necessity to be able to get to a phone easily.

Good idea about calling the cutomer retention department. I might give that a try. But good news that the people you know who have Sprint are happy with it. Someday I think I will move my computer upstairs to my office, so then that mobility will be desirable. And, I have been seriously thinking about buying a laptop in the near future. I really made a mistake buying a desktop this time around...and boy, do I hate VISTA!

Again, many thanks...and yes...what a pain!
Kathleen
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891

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#1121782 - 06/10/08 10:51 AM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1451
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kathleen,

Incase you do not already know, you can have wireless internet in your house regardless of your ISP. The Sprint wireless is not really indented as wireless solution for within the home but for total mobility, so you could have internet access when taking your laptop on the train, in the park...

Yes, after the clobbering we took over the weekend we really need the sunshine!!

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#1121783 - 06/10/08 01:07 PM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
polostrings Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 216
Loc: Hawaii
We have Sprint. Had it for years. Used to be pretty good, now I can't wait to get off the contract to switch. I can't get reception at work or home, pretty worthless. I imagine service with the different companies is fairly regional. I would ask my neighbors.
I'm switching to Cingulair, so I can get the Iphone. I'm an Apple person, always been happy with Apple. Good luck.
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#1121784 - 06/10/08 01:12 PM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
Eternal Offline
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Registered: 08/21/06
Posts: 1285
Loc: Posts: 80,372
I personally never had a good relationship with Sprint (back when they used to be my cell provider).

As far as ISP - what do you mean by wireless? How does the signal get to your house? If it's by air, then I find it hard to believe it would be cheaper than through cable. And you certainly can't expect the bandwidth to be as high as through cable.

Cable is usually the most economical (and reliable) way of going about getting internet to your house, especially if you get a package with cable programming.

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#1121785 - 06/10/08 01:24 PM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
It is not generally known, but things like
home wireless internet, cable modems, and
dsl have become pretty much obsolete recently,
because technology has bypassed them, and you
can now get fast internet from the phone jack
on your wall, that is, dial-up is now almost
as fast as cable modems and dsl and at
a fraction of the cost, something like
$15.00 per mo.

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#1121786 - 06/10/08 02:14 PM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
miaeih Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 267
Loc: SF Bay Area, CA
 Quote:
Originally posted by Gyro:
It is not generally known, but things like
home wireless internet, cable modems, and
dsl have become pretty much obsolete recently,
because technology has bypassed them, and you
can now get fast internet from the phone jack
on your wall, that is, dial-up is now almost
as fast as cable modems and dsl and at
a fraction of the cost, something like
$15.00 per mo. [/b]
OMG I can't stop laughing.

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#1121787 - 06/11/08 09:19 AM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
loveschopintoomuch Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 4690
Loc: Illinois
First of all, thank you all for responding with such good information. \:\)

Secondly, I feel like a fool :rolleyes: because after I called several ISP companies and got their rates, my husband decided it was worth the cost of sticking with Comcast as the increase in price for our cable TV and my internet connection would be worth the hassle of changing.

Again, thank you,
Kathleen
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891

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#1121788 - 06/11/08 02:19 PM Re: OT- Way Off - ISP help needed
Eternal Offline
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Registered: 08/21/06
Posts: 1285
Loc: Posts: 80,372
A wise decision. Like I said, cable is usually the best choice. The only exception is if you need some channels that are only offered on satellite (usually international). Also very fast FIOS has been becoming more widespread lately, but it doesn't apply to your situation.

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